Palisades Pack

Willow with her backpack on
My Intrepid Water Carrier
Underside of the Pack Portion Showing the Four Attachment Clips
Underside of the Pack Portion Showing the Four Attachment Clips
The Clips Where You Attach the Pack Portion
The Clips Where You Attach the Pack Portion
Lifting Up the Pack Portion to Show One of the Attached Clips
Lifting Up the Pack Portion to Show One of the Attached Clips
Cinches For the Load Compression System
Cinches For the Load Compression System
Drainage Hole in the Main Compartment
Drainage Hole in the Main Compartment
Drainage Hole From the Outside Showing Protective Covering
Drainage Hole From the Outside Showing Protective Covering
Strap on Pack that Attaches Around Chest Strap
Strap on Pack that Attaches Around Chest Strap
Sew-On Loops for Attaching or Holding Items
Sew-On Loops for Attaching or Holding Items
Large Main Compartment
Large Main Compartment
One of the Two Included Soft Silicon Water Bottles
One of the Two Included Soft Silicon Water Bottles
Handle on the Harness Accessible Through the Ruffwear Palisades Pack Webbing
MSR Night Glow Zipper Pulls That We Added
MSR Night Glow Zipper Pulls That We Added
Willow with her Palisades Pack on
It Fits Well and She Likes it

I’m a firm believer that everyone on an adventure should, figuratively, carry their own weight. When out on a hike this means Willow has to carry her own backpack. Her standard load is her water in two one liter Platypus soft bottles (one on each side for proper weight distribution), her booties in case they’re needed, …

ARB Fridge/Freezer

After deciding to undertake this adventure we set about thinking what we’d need and how to set it up. One of the most important things we need is to store refrigerated food for long periods of time. After the Tacoma was acquired, the ARB Fridge/Freezer and the infrastructure to keep it running reliably was the 2nd thing on our list. Having …

The Camper Shell

my old blue shell on the white Tacoma
The Old Shell
vicious, sharp edges left behind
It is merely misting outside
rain-soaked bedsheets
Again, it was merely misting outside
Through the sheets onto the pad
screw right through an electrical wire
Detail oriented
still leaks a little bit
Better but not perfect

I traded in my old mid-90’s snugtop camper shell for a brand new snugtop Hi-Liner. I now have no idea why. I am extremely disappointed in the fit and finish and lack of attention to detail they took when making it. The installation was of the same low caliber as well. Aluminum drill shavings were left in and …