Madre Chronicles

Lycian Way: A Tale of Two Brothers Hammock-Camping in Turkey

Hiking an Ancient Path  Soner Kubat and his brother, Bekir Kubat, hiked Lycian Way in Turkey, an ancient footpath built by an ancient, Bronze-...

SMr Gear on the Appalachian Trail: Part II

Finishing the Journey After I made it through the halfway mark I had the pleasure of hiking the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Virginia where I...

SMr Hammock Gear on the Appalachian Trail: Part I

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Chad "Octo" Haynes enjoys sunrise at Zealand Cliffs, New Hampshire in a chivey - green Pares hammock. Pre-Hike Pack ...

Fit for the Rugged Trail: The Nubé Stratos Hammock Shelter on the AT

2016: Hammock Camping Life on the Appalachian Trail Erik Barstow Tests the Grit of the Nubé Stratos Marine Veteran-turned photographer and sur...

Fat Butt Hang: Medoc Mountain State Park Hollister, NC.

5th Annual Fat Butt Hang 03/29-03/31 '18 Finally got to take the van out since the wrap was put on, and it was a hit before I even got to the hang...

Louisiana Group Hang: Indian Creek Recreation Area Woodworth, LA

 Louisiana Group Hang 3/09-03/11 ‘18 Some things just work out… while planning for this hang, I saw a post on a thread saying someone wanted to ...

Adventure Down the Mighty Mississippi River - Nubé Hammock Shelter Gear Review

Last winter I was afforded the great fortune of embarking on an adventure down the mighty Mississippi River via a wooden, 30-foot cypress-built canoe.  This voyager journey, spanning 209 river miles, departed from Vicksburg, MS and was set to arrive in Baton Rouge, LA

Camping Gear Review - After 7 Weeks Hammock Camping Across Japan

Many people have opinions on hammock camping equipment by the way it looks, or by personal perception, or by a one time backyard set up, however, the following gear review is written by two adventurers who have really put their Navigator Package to the test! Find out what they have to say about their SMr hammock camping gear after spending 7 weeks in their Nubé home away from home! 

Father - Daughter Kayak Trip Through the BWCA/Nubé Hammock Shelter Gear Review

 I absolutely love camping in the outdoors, but I also adore the camping gear I bring to enjoy the outdoors. Whether it's backpacking, climbing, kayaking, or base camping, I am always searching for the best gear. Gear must be reliable, long lasting, and it always helps when it looks cool as well. To put it bluntly, I have an addiction, an addiction to ...

Trip Summary - 7 Weeks Urban Camping Through Japan

Urban camping all around Japan still feels like a dream. Many people have asked us what our favorite experiences were, but in reality, it was not just one or even a few experiences; it was the overall atmosphere and the everyday happenings. The pictures at the top are most of the urban camp spots were we set up our camping hammocks and Nubé hammock tent along the way. Use the controls to look through them! 

Urban Camping - 7 Week Backpacking Trip Through Japan - Week 6

From Kanazawa, we headed to Senmaida also known as a thousand rice fields flowing into the Sea of Japan. We took a whole day traveling to Wajima, a large city located by Senmaida, so that we could take the earliest bus to the rice fields the next morning. We were very happy to have finally made it to the famed fields. They were miraculous and that they were by the Sea of Japan was fantastic, 

Urban Camping - 7 Week Backpacking Trip Through Japan - Week 5

Mom found the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage on the National Geographic website. After the Onaida Nature Trail I was a little hesitant to go on another Japanese hike, but since National Geographic recommended it, we thought it shouldn’t be too hard, so we camped out at the start of the trail to begin our pilgrimage the next morning. The beginning of our hike began in a slight sprinkle but it eventually dried out. The cloud formations and atmosphere during the whole hike was miraculous. With the mist rolling in through the woods, the bright orange crabs crawling by, dark red wood chips covering the walkway, and the bright green leaves, the pilgrimage was visually incredible, but not as easy of a hike as we had hoped.