Gear Recommendation: My Favorite Way to Filter Water gear water

I wanted to share my favorite gear item to treat stream water, so it’s safe to drink. Meet the Grayl Geopress!

I’ve used the Geopress now for several years, including on the Kalalau Trail. According to the manufacturer, it removes viruses, bacteria (including leptospira), and...

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Preserving Kalalau gear perservation weight

Most people who have been there would agree: The Kalalau Trail, Beach, and Valley are unique and very special places with a rich history and unique flora and fauna. Unfortunately, humans have managed to destroy many places like this elsewhere in the world and - despite efforts by the state of...

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How much Fuel will you need for your Stove? fuel gear

Nobody wants to run out of gas for their camping stove. That would really mess with meal prep and could even result in a shortened Kalalau adventure. At the same time, schlepping too many cartridges is also not fun. So how do you know how many you’ll need?

Here’s a way to make sure:

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FAQ: Do I need a GPS on the Kalalau Trail? gear gps

People are wondering if they need a GPS device on the trail. Good question! The short answer is no, or rather not necessarily. The longer answer is it depends. Confusing? Well, hear me out…

The trail is, as is somewhat obvious from the map, mostly linear and straightforward. The risk of...

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Tent or Hammock? gear hammock tent

Fortunately, Kalalau Beach, as well as Hanakoa Camp, offer both flat surfaces as well as plenty of trees, so the adventurous hiker can choose between the more traditional tent and the hammock. Both options have unique advantages and disadvantages, and either has haters and fans. So what’s...

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Why You Should Consider Taking On The Kalalau Trail Solo solo

For many, hiking and backpacking are team sports. We like to go with family or friends and enjoy the company, conversations, and experiencing an adventure together. Then there’s the safety aspect: If something were to happen, we wouldn’t be alone and we have people we trust to rely on...

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11 Mistakes to avoid when hiking the Kalalau Trail gear mistakes planning power water weight

Completing the Kalalau Trail is no easy feat. So you want to be prepared, bring the right gear, and make good decisions. And yet, more often than not, people make mistakes that get them into varying degrees of trouble.  

Here are the top blunders:

Underestimating the Trail

Let’s get...

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Water Treatment water

With water sources being relatively frequent on the Kalalau Trail (see my earlier post), staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water should be easy. And the water looks pretty clean, so it shouldn’t be a problem drinking it, right? In fact, there are quite a few folks who claim...

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Water Management water

The Kalalau Trail, with its 11+ miles, is obviously long, and given the temperatures, you can expect to sweat a fair bit. This brings up the question of how to approach the water situation, so you can be sure to stay hydrated and not run out. 

Many mainland trails require the hiker to bring...

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15 Reasons Why Hiking The Kalalau Trail Is So Special

The Kalalau Trail is obviously spectacular and allows the adventurous hiker to experience the beautiful Napali coast in a unique way. And yes, it’s also a little dangerous here and there and physically challenging.

However, compared to other hiking and backpacking adventures, there are...

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My Story

On my first trip to Kauai, I soon heard about the famous Kalalau Trail. I remember hiking the first few miles and being struck by how beautiful it was. I recall hearing somewhere that it supposedly was one of the most difficult trails in the world. The experience was awesome even though I just...

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One Item off the Bucket List: Solo Hike on the Kalalau Trail

With COVID-19 raging on the mainland, I’ve had the unique chance to spend a few months in Kauai, which unfortunately also required two weeks of strict don’t-leave-the-house quarantine with regular check-in visits from the National Guard and local police.

However, and more importantly,...

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