KRAVE Jerky & Sawyer Products Pop-up Hike in Sedona, Arizona with Mountain Chicks

For our October pop-up hike, we decided to head out to sunny Sedona for a meet up with our 52 Hike Challenge participants and partners. A huge thanks to Krave Jerky and Sawyer Products for sponsoring the event with swag and snacks. 

We also want to thank and high five Dani from Mountain Chicks, Darren from Arizona hiking and all the awesome participants for supporting the event! 

We hiked the Soldier Pass / Brin's Mesa trail and it was beautiful, including stops at the Seven Sacred Pools for a snack, and Devil's Sinkhole! Check out a few snaps from the day.

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Seven Sacred Pools

Seven Sacred Pools

Yup, needed that Sawyer bug spray to keep the mosquitos from biting!

Yup, needed that Sawyer bug spray to keep the mosquitos from biting!

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Time for a Cherry Chipotle KRAVE bar

Time for a Cherry Chipotle KRAVE bar

and smiles...

and smiles...

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KRAVE Turkey Jerky Basil Citrus Review

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This year KRAVE Jerky has sponsored the 52 Hike Challenge and provided snacks for some of our events, like this pop-up hike to Alamere Falls in beautiful Point Reyes National Seashore. 

Today we're showcasing one of our favorite flavors: Basil Citrus! 

KRAVE infuses succulent turkey breasts with tangy citrus to create a jerky that’s soft, subtly seasoned and bursting with flavor. You’ll taste the rich basil complemented by the clean and crisp citrus notes on the palate in this low sodium turkey jerky.

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You can purchase either a 2.7 oz bag for backpacking trips, or the 1 oz snack size that comes in a pack of 18 - perfect for a day hikes and only 90 calories per bag!

The reason we love and endorse this KRAVE product is that it is gluten free, low fat, and a good source of protein. It has no artificial ingredients, is minimally processed, with no MSG or Nitrates. 

We enjoy including KRAVE in our snack bag for trips, hikes and even when we're traveling!

To order your own KRAVE Turkey Jerky Citrus Basil - head on over to their store!


Please note: KRAVE Jerky is a sponsor of the 52 Hike Challenge, we only endorse products we use ourselves and will benefit our community. All sponsorship dollars fund the global 52 Hike Challenge movement, we appreciate your support. 

How to use a Sawyer Water Filter

When we first started hiking we used to carry up to 3 liters of water with us, which made our packs super heavy because we didn't know much about filtering water. Once we started getting into backpacking we knew we needed to learn how to filter water in an effort to minimize our load.

If you're looking for a simple and lightweight filter that can be carried on day hikes and backpacking trips look no further than a Sawyer Products Squeeze or Mini filter. Both filters are inexpensive and easy to use. 

Sawyer offers the most technologically advanced and durable, yet incredibly simple to use water filtration solutions on the market. Their filters remove bacteria, protozoa, E. Coli, giardia, vibrio cholerea, salmonella typhi, leptospirosis from water, so it's an essential item to carry for multi-day trips where filtering water is necessary. It's not hard to filter with Sawyer filters and it takes the guessing game / stress out of other more complex systems.

In this blog post we're showing you how to properly use your Sawyer filter.

Step 1: Grab the Sawyer water pouch and blow it up to maximize it's use, next fill the bag with the questionable water source. 

Karla fills up the 32 oz. bag with the questionable lake water.

Karla fills up the 32 oz. bag with the questionable lake water.

Step 2: Close the water pouch with its cap to seal in the questionable water.

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Step 3: Grab your filter, you can choose from the Squeeze or the Mini filter. In this scenario we were carrying our squeeze filter.  Make sure you keep the drinking end clean and away from questionable water in order to avoid contamination. 

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Step 4: Remove the cap from the water pouch and attach the filter. (The filter has an arrow on which way it flows!)

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Step 5: Filter the water by rolling the pouch and pointing the water flow downward. 

You can drink directly from the filter and pouch, or filter the water into your water bottle, reservoir bladder (i.e. Camelbak).

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A few notes, if the filter is not flowing as fast as you desire, it may need to be backwashed. Check out our video on how to do that here. 

In the video below Phillip shows us how to use the filter too. Check it out and let us know if you have any other questions. 

You can get the Sawyer Filter at REI, to check out the specific filters we discussed in this post check out these links: 

Sawyer Mini Water Filter

Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System

We sincerely hope this helps you in your outdoor journey and you enjoy this filter as much as we do!  Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below. 


Please note: Sawyer Products is a sponsor of the 52 Hike Challenge, we only endorse products we use ourselves and will benefit our community. This post has affiliate links which help us to fund the global 52 Hike Challenge movement, we appreciate your support. 

Top Tips When Hiking in the Desert!

As the season starts to change it's a great time to visit your local desert for a hike! 

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Here are our top tips when hiking in the desert:

1. Always carry your 10-essentials, including a map & compass! Make sure you know how to use these life saving tools.

2. Bring more water than you think, at least 1 liter for every 3-4 miles, and more if it's hot. Also, its a good idea to carry electrolytes

3. Plan ahead: Make a plan for what trail you plan to hike, elevation gain, terrain, time it will take, etc.

4. Always let a trusted friend or family know where you're going and when you'll be back. Also, carry a SPOT emergency device, GPS unit or check out the CAIRN app, which allows you to let your loved one's know of your hiking plans and has maps too!

5. Wear lightweight clothing, layers in case of sudden whether changes and don't forget a hat!

6. Start early in the day or later in the afternoon!

7. Bring plenty of food and snacks like KRAVE Jerky.

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We hope these tips for hiking in the desert will keep you inspired to explore more for your 52 Hike Challenge! 

Happy Hiking!

Karla & Phillip

*We're proud KRAVE Jerky is a 2017 52 Hike Challenge Sponsor. Check out their latest products at www.kravejerky.com

KRAVE Jerky Trail Recipe Ideas

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It's Time for some KRAVE recipe ideas!

Krave Jerky makes for the perfect trail, backpacking and camping snack! KRAVE picked the culinary brains of fellow health conscious and outdoor-driven jerky lovers. Together, they came up with a tasty and diverse list of suggestions for portable snacks for your backpack and beyond!

 Get these KRAVE Jerky “trail” mix recipes HERE.


* We're proud KRAVE Jerky is a 2017 52 Hike Challenge Sponsor. Check out their latest products at www.kravejerky.com