Allegany March 2022 Trip Report

One of John Muir’s best pieces of advice urges us all to, “break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” 

That’s what this past weekend was for our crew — and it couldn’t have been more refreshing.

Saturday morning started with a little rain but our attitudes were positive as we enjoyed our breakfast of yogurt parfaits and bagels and prepared for our hike.  We started our hike on the Beehunter Trail around 10 am.  As we wound through the forest, the bursts of green ferns and moss and new growth made it clear that spring is one hundred percent on its way.  The sun broke through the clouds just as we arrived at a beautiful stream and we were lucky enough to enjoy our trail lunches overlooking waterfalls, taking in the peaceful sounds, and generally feeling like we were somehow living in the perfect meditation app.  

A beer-tasting and slow-cooked corned beef and cabbage awaited us at our cottages, which was the perfect way to wind down. 

Sunday’s breakfast was Pat’s famous cast-iron dutch oven casserole, cooked over charcoal.  We kept it light and only used 36 eggs this time, as we had one last hike to check off our list.

We did the Red House Lake Loop on our way out of the park, making for a total of 13.1 miles hiked — which is the equivalent of a half-marathon and exceptionally good for the soul. The overwhelming consensus was we need more trips like this one on the calendar, so stay tuned for announcements about Adirondack adventures, kayaking trips, and more.

We’d love to have you join us.

Call for consignment gear + your FAQs, answered

Ready to give your gently used gear a second chance? Survival of the Gear wants to help you sell it — and it’s a simple, fair, and sustainable process for everyone. 

When you consign with us, several good things happen:

  1. Your gear gets to stay in action longer 
  2. You do a beautiful thing for the planet by cutting down consumption and giving existing things more use 
  3. Your fellow outdoors-people can buy the gear they need, for less 
  4. You get cash and/or store credit, which you can use to treat yourself to something new-to-you

We’ve answered a few of the most frequently asked questions below to help clear up any confusion. 

What is gear consignment?

We like to think of our consignment program as a mutually beneficial partnership between you and Survival of the Gear. We sell your used gear on your behalf and share the profits.

Our extremely knowledgeable team will assess your items to ensure they meet our standards, then determine a fair selling price and expertly market the gear to our incredibly relevant audience of outdoor enthusiasts. 

Once your item sells, we either write you a check or give you store credit, depending on your preference.

What kind of gear do you accept?

Survival of the Gear specializes in seasonal outdoor adventure gear, apparel, footwear, and accessories. Our focus is on the things you need to get outside and enjoy hiking, mountaineering, camping/backpacking, climbing, paddling, disc golf, and cycling.

When it comes to apparel, we prefer high-quality outdoor brands including (but not limited to) REI, Patagonia, Arcteryx, The North Face, Outdoor Research, MSR, Prana, Black Diamond, Keen and more. 

When we say “gently used” we mean that items must be clean, operational, and in good condition. If you’re consigning a tent or a sleeping pad, rest assured it will be set up and tested before it’s listed. 

How does it work?

Selling your gear with us is super easy. Simply fill out this form and be as detailed as possible. We’ll get back to you with a response within 48 hours. If your item is accepted, we will include a consignment offer. Fill out the paperwork and return it to us, and we’ll work with you to get your item(s) listed and sold.

Once an item sells, we’ll mail you a check. 

Have a question that hasn’t been addressed here? Feel free to reach out at We’d love to work with you and get the gear you’re no longer using out of your basement or garage, and into the hands of someone new. 

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Get this Gear: Sawyer Mini Water Filter

Remember when the iPhone was first released?  Almost immediately your Blackberry or flip phone became painfully obsolete.  The award-winning Sawyer Mini Water Filter is like an iPhone and your current water filter is like that flip phone your grampa uses.


At $21.17 at Amazon, the Sawyer Mini Water Filter is one of the most inexpensive filtering options.  In addition, with proper maintenance, the filter is rated up to 100,000 gallons or $.0002 per gallon!


Removes 99.99999% of all bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera, and E.coli; removes 99.9999% of all protozoa, such as giardia and cryptosporidium.


The Sawyer Mini weighs in at 2oz and fits in the palm of your hand.  There is no reason to not throw this in your pack.


The Sawyer Mini Water Filter can be used to filter water in 4 different ways.

  1. Filtered into your water bottle
  2. Drink out of a container using the included straw
  3. Screw the filter onto a water or soda bottle with a standard screw top
  4. Attach inline to a hydration pack


To prolong the life and effectiveness of the Sawyer Mini Water Filter, it is recommended to backwash the filter after each outing.  Backwashing is simply the forcing of clean water the opposite direction through the filter.  A water syringe is included and should backwashing should be repeated until the water coming through the filter in reverse is clean and clear.

Sawyer recommends cleaning and backfilling the filter with a solution of 1 liter clean water and 1 cap full of bleach before storage.


  • Sawyer Mini water filter with tip cap
  • 16-ounce reusable squeeze pouch
  • 7-inch drinking straw
  • Cleaning plunger (syringe)


Sawyer Products Squeezable Pouch for Sawyer Point One and Mini Squeeze Water Filters – 3 Additional 16oz squeezable water pouches

Evernew Water Carry Hydration Pack 2 Liter – A larger squeezable pouch that fits perfectly into the Sawyer Mini threads.


Sawyer Mini has a big brother called the Sawyer Squeeze.