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Hello adventurers!

My name is John Abela, I am in my mid 40's and live the beautiful Redwoods of Northern California. Over the last few years I have hiked - a lot - and I spend most of the year out in the backwoods and deserts of California working on building routes for new hiking trails - I do not get paid for it, it is simply a passion of mine. I have two trails I am currently working on, a 250-mile trail through the heart of the Mojave Desert in Southern California, and a trail that will be about 700 miles located in Northern California that will be on established trails, a bunch of wilderness hiking, and even involve some pack rafting!

I have been publishing articles on the topic of hiking lighter over at my website hikelighter.com for the last five years, and at another website (no longer online) before that for about three years. Even though I spend a lot of time out on the trail, I try my best to publish about 30 article a year, and I currently have over 150 posted articles at this point. I am also very active on my facebook page throughout the year.

Some of my articles are highly detailed articles that become de facto resources for hikers around the world - including articles on the lightest fully enclosed solo shelters on the market, the lightest two-person fully enclosed shelters, and I am pretty sure that nobody has published more about Dyneema Composite Fabric (formerly Cuben Fiber) products than what I have over the years - ranging from tents to garments to industry insider interviews!

I am also one of the very few people in the world that publishes articles on outdoor gear that are truly 'long-term use reviews.' I have articles where I have used a piece of gear for 1000, 1200, even 15000+ days of use. I want to be able to share even more long-term use reviews each year, but wow is it hard to accomplish. Not a lot of gear out there that can last that long, and not a lot of gear out there that I want to use for that long!

I am also on youtube, though to be honest, doing videos is just not my thing all that much. I do try to get a couple of videos out each year, but to call them 'good quality' is not something I would even be willing to admit to. I tend to approach my youtube videos as just "hey, here are some thoughts" and not so much anything else.

Fine print notes:

Please consider this my 'disclaimer' of such.

During a good part of the year, I am out hiking or working on new hiking trails, and I simply cannot commit to posting something of significant value during those months. Long distance hiking and trail routing are what they are... a tiresome ordeal, mixed in with some amazing places, views, and people... but the honesty has to be, well, honest. There may be times when I am just not able to get something of value posted. I suppose that is the "risk factor" in becoming a patron of mine here on Patreon. Usually, around August to September of each year, I start scaling back my time on-trail and from there until March or April is when I do a good part of my detailed writing. I spend those months planning the next year's adventures, working on new products to bring to market, writing up articles on gear I have been using, and all that good stuff. Those of you who follow me on my facebook page hopefully knows how the cycle goes for me!

Also, there are times when some of my articles are such that I just cannot do 'early access' with them - for example, when I am doing a product release announcement with a company that is bringing a product to market on a specific date, and the article has to be published on a specific date. Such situations prevent me from doing early releases.

And just to define 'early access'... well, that can be anywhere between a few hours to a week or more - it will all depend on how important (or not) it is that I get something published on my website - it is rarely something is super urgent, but it does happen.

About Sponsorship:

I get asked a lot if I get a bunch of free gear from my sponsors and the answer to that is no. I receive very little in-production gear for free from my sponsors - probably about 1% of the in-production gear that I have I received for free - so the question is a rather moot issue/point for me. I do know of other athletes that receive a massive amount of their gear for free from their sponsors, however as my sponsors can confirm, the majority of the time I just prefer to buy my gear. To me, sponsorship is about having the ability to work closely with companies and not about getting free gear. Read more on my website page Sponsored Hiking.

Thanks everybody!
+John Abela
HikeLighter.Com
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Hello adventurers!

My name is John Abela, I am in my mid 40's and live the beautiful Redwoods of Northern California. Over the last few years I have hiked - a lot - and I spend most of the year out in the backwoods and deserts of California working on building routes for new hiking trails - I do not get paid for it, it is simply a passion of mine. I have two trails I am currently working on, a 250-mile trail through the heart of the Mojave Desert in Southern California, and a trail that will be about 700 miles located in Northern California that will be on established trails, a bunch of wilderness hiking, and even involve some pack rafting!

I have been publishing articles on the topic of hiking lighter over at my website hikelighter.com for the last five years, and at another website (no longer online) before that for about three years. Even though I spend a lot of time out on the trail, I try my best to publish about 30 article a year, and I currently have over 150 posted articles at this point. I am also very active on my facebook page throughout the year.

Some of my articles are highly detailed articles that become de facto resources for hikers around the world - including articles on the lightest fully enclosed solo shelters on the market, the lightest two-person fully enclosed shelters, and I am pretty sure that nobody has published more about Dyneema Composite Fabric (formerly Cuben Fiber) products than what I have over the years - ranging from tents to garments to industry insider interviews!

I am also one of the very few people in the world that publishes articles on outdoor gear that are truly 'long-term use reviews.' I have articles where I have used a piece of gear for 1000, 1200, even 15000+ days of use. I want to be able to share even more long-term use reviews each year, but wow is it hard to accomplish. Not a lot of gear out there that can last that long, and not a lot of gear out there that I want to use for that long!

I am also on youtube, though to be honest, doing videos is just not my thing all that much. I do try to get a couple of videos out each year, but to call them 'good quality' is not something I would even be willing to admit to. I tend to approach my youtube videos as just "hey, here are some thoughts" and not so much anything else.

Fine print notes:

Please consider this my 'disclaimer' of such.

During a good part of the year, I am out hiking or working on new hiking trails, and I simply cannot commit to posting something of significant value during those months. Long distance hiking and trail routing are what they are... a tiresome ordeal, mixed in with some amazing places, views, and people... but the honesty has to be, well, honest. There may be times when I am just not able to get something of value posted. I suppose that is the "risk factor" in becoming a patron of mine here on Patreon. Usually, around August to September of each year, I start scaling back my time on-trail and from there until March or April is when I do a good part of my detailed writing. I spend those months planning the next year's adventures, working on new products to bring to market, writing up articles on gear I have been using, and all that good stuff. Those of you who follow me on my facebook page hopefully knows how the cycle goes for me!

Also, there are times when some of my articles are such that I just cannot do 'early access' with them - for example, when I am doing a product release announcement with a company that is bringing a product to market on a specific date, and the article has to be published on a specific date. Such situations prevent me from doing early releases.

And just to define 'early access'... well, that can be anywhere between a few hours to a week or more - it will all depend on how important (or not) it is that I get something published on my website - it is rarely something is super urgent, but it does happen.

About Sponsorship:

I get asked a lot if I get a bunch of free gear from my sponsors and the answer to that is no. I receive very little in-production gear for free from my sponsors - probably about 1% of the in-production gear that I have I received for free - so the question is a rather moot issue/point for me. I do know of other athletes that receive a massive amount of their gear for free from their sponsors, however as my sponsors can confirm, the majority of the time I just prefer to buy my gear. To me, sponsorship is about having the ability to work closely with companies and not about getting free gear. Read more on my website page Sponsored Hiking.

Thanks everybody!
+John Abela
HikeLighter.Com

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Tiers
$1.00 or more!
$1 or more per month (sold out!)
Effective January 2018 this tier is a "thank you" only tier that offers no rewards beyond being a way to support me. If you want rewards please sign up for the $5 per month tier.
Get Some Rewards!
$5 or more per month
With this $5 per month tier you gain early access to some of my hikelighter.com published articles, youtube videos, access to exclusive patron-only articles, and on a rare occasion exclusive patron-only videos.