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Alpine Start Coffee Review

Taste Test: Alpine Start Coffee

Alpine Start Coffee Review

Instant coffee gets a bad rap for tasting like dirt. But coffee doesn’t have to be terrible when you’re miles away from civilization. Founder and professional climber Matt Segal dreamed up the idea of good instant coffee while he was out in the Bugaboos. Alpine Start Coffee is here to change your mind.

I personally do not drink coffee—I think it all tastes like dirt, with the exception of affogatos. I enlisted the help of several friends to do some coffee taste testing for me on some recent backpacking trips. Like all instant coffees, Alpine Start is easy to prep. Open a packet. Dump it into your cup. Boil 8 oz. of water. Dump into cup with powder. Stir. Voila, coffee! Each package comes with eight single serve packets.

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Review: Babytime by Episencial Mighty Shield Bug Repellent

Babytime by Episencial Mighty Shield Bug Repellent Review

Tioga Pass is open. Snow is melting, and creeks are raging. Summer is in full swing in the Sierra. The ridiculously wet winter we had means one thing, and one thing only: mosquitoes are out and those suckers are damn thirsty. As a ripe and juicy human target, I’m always on the lookout for natural remedies to fight off the pesky bugs. Babytime has been my go to solution this season.

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What’s in My Kit? Acure Organics

Acure Organics Review

I’m secretly a skincare junkie. I ran a beauty blog prior to Little Grunts. I’m always on the lookout for the latest and greatest to swap into my kit, even if it means wreaking havoc on my skin. These days, I’ve largely committed myself to Acure Organics. Their products are largely organic and free from gluten, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, harmful preservatives and artificial colors. They do not test on animals. They are a sustainable company that promotes green packaging, recycled materials, and biodegradable product.10 cents for every Day Cream and Night Cream sold supports Unite For HER’s efforts.  Acure also supports Turning Green.

Bottom line: Acure Organics is a company that does good, for your skin and for the planet.

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