ODTG Bloggers

Outdoortrailgear (ODTG) featured bloggers share their experiences from the trails with ODTG community.

ODTG Bloggers Are those that have experience, knowledge and a passion for hammock camping, back-country camping, hiking, backpacking, ultra light gear.


ODTG-AdamProfilePic Adam Nutting – Sales / Social Media Strategist (sales@Outdoortrailgear.com)

Adam is a avid hiker and backpacker with over 300 miles in 2013. Originally from the Midwest he now calls Arizona home. An Eagle Scout, Cancer Survivor, and active outdoor blogger Adam finds himself constantly immersed in the outdoor community and industry.

Adam has joined Outdoor Trail Gear to help bring his knowledge of social media as well as his love for ultralight and cottage gear to the mix. Adam blogs about his hiking adventures at HikingTheTrail.com and about social media at SocialMediaOutdoors.com


jesse blough Jesse Blough – Senior ODTG Writer/Gear Geek (Jesse@Outdoortrailgear.com)

Jesse is an avid ultralight backpacker and hammock enthusiast who hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest. He is a contributing member of HammockForums.net, BackpackingLight, and PortlandHikers.org.

Jesse hikes roughly 30 miles per week, and goes backpacking (2-3 days at a time) twice a month. Major multi-day trips 5-10 times per year. Jesse has hiked most of the long trails in Pennsylvania (all of the NCT in PA, the Loyalsock trail, the Quehanna trail, etc.) He’s summited most of the lesser peaks in the PNW.

His obsession with the lightest gear on the market has become increasingly expensive – so he found a business partner and began oneLife Wilderness Products as a means to feed the addiction.

He is now working with Outdoor Trail Gear as lead gear tester, reviewer & blogger. Most of his gear reviews will be long-term and in-depth – written to help other hikers make informed decisions about what items might work for them in the long run.

OneLife products will be available in the ODTG store, along with other items that Jesse uses and swears by.


Derek Hansen Derek Hansen is a lightweight backpacker, Scoutmaster, and “hammock enthusiast” who enjoyed his first hammock hang at age 14 at the BSA Beaver High Adventure base in Utah. The hammock he used then was a compact net style that was strung up in an “Ewok Village” constructed from log platforms lashed up high in the pines. Derek rediscovered the wonders hammock camping 16 years later in Virginia, and has been avoiding the ground ever since.

Over time, Derek became involved with the worldwide hammock community at HammockForums.net. He began to share his experiences and techniques through illustrations posted on the forums. His clear, informative style helped thousands of visitors learn the basics of hammock camping. As more and more forum members were requesting custom illustrations to explain hammock tips and methods, Derek decided to put pen to paper and create a concise illustrated guide to hammock camping. The first edition of The Ultimate Hang: An Illustrated Guide To Hammock Camping was published in October 2011. Digital editions of this hammock camping book were released in 2012 for the Kindle, Nook, and iTunes (for iPhone and related Apple devices).

When he’s not out testing outdoor gear, Derek enjoys reading and spending time with his family.

The Ultimate Hang web site

Sticks Blog Chad Poindexter My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options.

For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.

Stick’s Blog Web site