Damian Riley and his wife told us about their recent Nomadik adventure and we wanted to share it with you! He’s an avid backpacker, photographer, climber, Yosemite Guide and photographer. They took a trip with hopes of finding some epic hikes and bouldering spots. They began their adventure in the Mokelumne Wilderness area (Northern California) and ended their road trip by bouldering in the Columbia State Park in California. Damian has described useful ways to use the gear found in our Holiday Box, and his adventures that followed, just for you!
Read below to see how Damian used the gear, if it performed, and get his product impressions post-adventure.
Survival Frog Pocket Stove:
Over the years I have used a lot of different gas stoves to cook food in the backcountry, or just getting water to boil. Luckily I have never had anything go wrong with my gas powered stoves, but I always did wonder what I would do if my regular stove stopped working? Being without a hot meal, or the ability to boil water, could be devastating while hiking, or camping. Especially when the majority of the time you’re probably packing reconstituted meal choices. When I saw the Survival Frog Pocket Stove I thought; “what a genius solution!”. Lightweight, collapsible, and uses heater elements which can’t really be compromised by the weather conditions. After taking it on an overnight hike at about 8,900ft elevation, and rain soaked woods, I thought “this is the perfect opportunity to test it out”. With one unfolding motion, and one spark of a flint, the stove was lit. I set my pot of water on the top and in just a few minutes it was already nearly at a full boil. Gusts of wind, high elevation, and humidity, didn’t seem to slow down the stove for a second. Had this been a situation where I needed to get a stove lit in a hurry, or in desperation, this stove would have been a life saver. Needless to say, this is going in my pack for every future trip!
Nomadik Multi-Purpose Gaitor:
I actually loved getting this! It was honestly a surprise because it packed so small in the box. My wife immediately called dibs on this gaitor, because her recent complaint was; hats are cumbersome when rock climbing, or bouldering, and bandanas get kinda nasty with sweat after a while. The multi-function of the gaitor is brilliantly ingenious. Keeping hair out of your face, sweat out of your eyes, or keeping your neck warm. The stretchy, microfiber-like, quick drying fabric, is a win/win/win.
The Hero Clip is something I never thought I would need until I got one. Now it stays constantly clipped to my bag, because it offers the benefit of getting gear off the ground. Also a quick solution to hanging up jackets or cameras at the campsite, or climbing craigs. The coolest thing I have discovered about this clip is; once it’s clipped onto something, it makes -that thing- able to hang off anything else around. Rocks, tree branches, desks, car doors, endless possibilities.
Gear Air Ni-Glo Gear Marker:
I have to admit, this was one of my favorite items in the Nomadik holiday box. I can’t tell you how many times I have set down my headlamp, car keys, or gear bag, and had to fumble around in the dark trying to locate it. This immediately got clipped onto my headlamp strap, and the first night out camping it proved itself useful. We all know that typical 3am urge to pee, when you’re camping out in the cold. During that moment, you most likely will have blindly felt around the tent floor, or tent pockets, looking for your headlamp… Well that’s exactly how it started for me last time out. Except this time I just reached out for that distinct kryptonite green glow, and “wallah” my headlamp was in my hands faster than I could say “Ni-Glo!”. Another amazingly simple, but useful item from a monthly Nomadik box.
Alpine Dirty Chia & Instant Coffee:
There are a few things I never hit the trail without: Coffee, shoes, and a pack. And if I might trade my shoes for a cup of coffee in the morning, especially when I crawl out of my tent before the sun is up. Nothing sets a day of hiking, rock climbing, or a photo adventure trip; better than those fine grains of bean magic. My wife and I split the chia and coffee, sharing some of each between us. I was super impressed with the perfect quantity in the packet to make my typical large cup. The delicious taste, and the fact that both were instantaneous prep, were exactly what we needed. We just boiled up some water on our Frog Pocket Stove, poured in the packet, and thought “now if only the next 10 miles of hiking will be this easy”.