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For the Collector of Ray-Way Books

From the Ray-Way Warehouse, we are now selling new copies of our Collector Editions. These books have been in storage since first published. They are new and un-read. Supply is limited.

The PCT Hiker's Handbook, First Edition 1991

This is the book that popularized lightweight hiking. The first of its kind.

See our PCT Handbook page for more info.

Now for sale: Order Form

The Pacific Crest Trail Hiker's Handbook, Second Edition 1996.

See our PCT Hiker's Handbook 2nd-Edition page for more info.

Now for sale: Order Form

Beyond Backpacking, 1999. This version of our lightweight hiking book was the predecessor to Trail Life.

See our Beyond Backpacking page for more info.

Now for sale: Order Form

Recommended Reading

Global Voyage

Extreme Fun

Bicycling the TransAmerica Trail

The TransAmerica Trail is a great trip, and for anyone looking for something to do this summer. I recommend it highly.

Canoeing the Coppermine River via Pikes Portage

Northern Paddling Adventure #8: Yellowknife to Arctic Ocean; 39 days, 960 miles, Jul-Aug 2005. Essay has 350 photos. View our Campsites along the Coppermine route. (click this link and open with Google Earth)

Section Hiking the Appalachian Trail, Part 1: Harpers Ferry to Lincoln NH

Canoeing the Kazan River

Northern paddling Adventure #7: Kasba Lake to Baker Lake; 25 days, 560 miles, Jul 2001. Essay has 157 photos. See our route along the Kazan River. (click this link and open with Google Earth)

Climbing Huascarán

in the Peruvian Andes. 22 days, 22,205', Jul 1969. 91 photos Be sure to have a look at Betsy's witty trip report on page two of that article.

I have spent the last three weeks, solid, updating the instructions for our Tarp Kit, Net-Tent Kit, and Spitfire Kit. If you bought one of these kits in the last six months, and have not sewn it yet, you are welcome to request the updated instructions.

Other news:

I have done four water fasts so far this year. 40 days, 30, 15, and 12. The latest 12 day'er was the toughest so far, because I continue to up the ante.

Jenny and I were required to spend three days in the county court room. Both of our motorcycles were stolen from our garage earlier this year. The police caught the three culprits and they are now serving time in prison. The main guy is in for 4.5 years, and the woman 5.5 years. My main motorcycle had 60,000 miles on it, and one of the thieves took it for a joy ride and trashed it. The insurance salvaged the bike; I bought it back for cheap, and was able to repair it with used ebay parts. So I came out way ahead on that one. The other motorcycle was my pride and joy, and was never recovered. But again the insurance covered that one also.


I built this as a fume extractor for my soldering station. I have more of these around the house, they work great to make the house smell fresh as a "daisy." The fans drive air though a carbon filter, and extract any odors. They are fun to have around, take little energy, only 15 watts, and designed to run 24/7. My other ones are blue, not psychedelic like this one. I would be glad to make kits for anyone who want one, in any color. I would mill the wooden pieces and drill the holes. The kit would contain everything but the yellow wood glue, a bit of adhesive tape, and you supply the soldering skills. Or I could supply quick connects instead.


The day is hot and I'm giving Scarlet a shower. this humming bird has lived in our back yard for over ten years. I think he might be deaf, because I can be working in the back porch making all kinds of racket, and Scarlet just sits there watching me unperturbed while the other birds are fleeing for their lives. We named him "Scarlet" because of the bright red gorget around the neck.


I call this setup a "poor man's router table"  


I made five of these cabinets. They are 26" tall, and a whopping 28" deep with full extension drawers. Lots of room to cleverly hide things that you can't find later.


Jenny found this poor bird lying on the street, upside down and unable to stand back up. It had been apparently hit by a car. She brought it home and named it "Daisy."


Daisy was unable to stand, let alone eat by herself, but she did take food and water from an eyedropper. Jenny and I had a discussion about the morality of rescuing wild creatures, and the tendency was to not interfere with mother nature, and deprive some hawk or coyote a nice meal. But we decided that in this case, the bird's injury was not caused by mother nature. It was caused by a human driving a car. So we became mother nature's care-takers.


One week of progress and Daisy is standing and learning to eat seeds. A few day's later she learned to walk and run, and became a wild hand-full. She wanted to regain her freedom. But we knew that she wasn't ready for that, and turned loose she would be no match for a predator in her weakened condition.


After three days of struggling, Daisy finally settled down, and actually became quite fond of us. She is still pretty banged up, but starting to heal nicely.



Asleep on my arm.


Daisy can now fly, but prefers to sit on one of us, or on her cage. Three days after this photo was taken, we released her into our back yard. We expected her to fly off, but no, she few back to us. A half hour of gentle persuasion, and we were finally able to leave her. 20 minutes later we found that she had made her first friend, another mourning dove about her age. We were still worried, and the next morning we found her sitting on the fence and when we approached she flew up to the highest tree. End of worrying about Daisy! Our rescue efforts had been successful.

The Ray-Way Blood Cleaner

Our Blood Cleaner is an electro-medical device that kills or disables pathogens in a person's bloodstream. It works by sending pulsed micro-currents through the skin and into the blood vessels of the wrist. These micro-currents are barely felt by the the person, only a slight tingling, but they are lethal to any harmful microorganisms found in the blood.

Concept 300 Blood Cleaner

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Making another batch of Blood Cleaners. We make the Blood Cleaners under a microscope and use a home-made vacuum tool to place the components on the circuit boards.

The Blood Cleaner has 27 mirco-components, all crammed onto a curicut board no bigger than a postage stamp. With my electronics microscope I'm looking at a sample of one component, with a dime for scale.


New batch of Blood Cleaners for June 2017. Each batch takes us the better part of five days to build. They are all made by hand, and they take a lot of time to make.




"I am living proof that the Blood Cleaner works! My head has totally cleared up, I can think clearer, concentrate better, and my body is in a much more calm relaxed state. My body aches are gone by 70% , it's just amazing how far I have come in these five months, it's astronomical!!!" -Sherry's Story

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Every year, a Gambel's Quail lays her eggs in a potted plant in our back porch.


Twelve chicks this time. This is the view out our window.


I learned how to make this salad from the video "Vegan Cuisine with C.J. Clark." A sister publication to "Fasting Can Save Your Life," by Terry Porter.

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 New Book 

More Than Seven Hundred New Photos!

Read It For Free

Extreme Fun

Wow, this is a Fantastic Book!! Incredibly interesting, and the photos are SUPERB. Congratulations, Ray and Jenny, for completing such an amazing journey. You are very courageous people, and Jenny is one strong lady. It's wonderful to see people loving the world/life. Makes me kind of feel like I haven't lived yet. Absolutely tremendous job on the book!!" - Sherry B.

"The god of Long Trail Hiking, Ray Jardine,
Really Came to Tottori Japan!"

We had a fabulous time in Japan. Our Story
Be-Pal magazine Jan 2017
Be-Pal magazine March 2017

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2016-07-31: I've returned home, after completing my Appalachian Trail section hike. That makes four AT hikes now: three thru-hikes and another section hike. This hike was also a big success and I couldn't be more pleased!

Congratulations Ray!
Ray summited Katahdin on July 29, completing his Appalachian Trail section hike.

For the record, I hiked the trail in three sections:

  • Section 1: Springer GA to Harpers Ferry WV, 1,022 mi in 49 days - Mar 1 to Apr 18, 2013
  • Section 2: Harpers Ferry WV to Lincoln NH, 777 mi in 44 days - Apr 12 to May 25, 2016
  • Section 3: Lincoln NH to Katahdin, 389 mi in 24 days - Jul 06 to Jul 29, 2016

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We invented the frame bag in 2004, for our Hello America Bicycle Tour. Here, Jenny is making another one for my current bike.

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 "When I mentioned to a friend that Ray Jardine was certainly one of the top 100 athletes and adventurers of all time, I was asked, "How do you know that?" My response was: Show me someone else who has accomplished the same type feats for so many years, and they would be number 101. However, the chances are that they would be under the influence of commercial sponsors, steroids, political persuasions or other special interest groups. Ray is independent of these entanglements, and self made. And truth is, he's probably among the top 10 or 20.

Most of his "fun trips" (as he refers to them) have been self-propelled, assisted only by harnessing the forces of nature with his own ingenuity and intelligence. It is simply amazing that he continues to endure world class sports - years after having reached "retirement age."

One might ask, "How does Ray do it?" Well, among many things, based on my sports activities and conversations with him, Ray has the ability to concentrate better than anyone I know. Surviving the types of challenges that he has overcome requires attention to 100 percent of the activity, 100 percent of the time.

In addition to his thinking methods, his education, training and perseverance are traits he has in common with many other champions. Ray clearly exhibits these in his accomplishments. The fact that these are so numerous is a testament to the application of these and other factors. One can refer to public records and journals for verification.

Ray is not alone. His steadfast faith has given him spiritual nourishment and strength. And, since he invited Jenny to sail around the world with him 34 years ago, she has been there and accomplished many of these achievements.

Jenny and Ray are real people; bound by the same physical, mental, time, energy and space constraints as we all are. But the two of them are really a phenomenon, individually and collectively. Not just adventurists; they are an adventure in and of themselves. They exude goodwill and success. Like other supermodels, they give us something we can believe, and people we can believe in.

It is a dream fest to view their photos and to read the stories on their website. With a little imagination and/or experience with their activities, you will share the love that has driven them to these goals, and the emotions of joy, fear, love and victory that have accompanied them on their endeavors.

I encourage Ray to write more, because I have saved time, money and prevented many certain mistakes by simply studying his books. Most importantly, imparting of his knowledge and experience is the best way to preserve and bestow future student adventurers with the ability to extrapolate his teachings across a full spectrum of disciplines.

Thanks to Ray and Jenny for their love of, and contributions to the human spirit."

-Craig C.

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The GDR (Great Divide Route) is one of the toughest mountain bike rides in the country. Its 2,700 miles long, and runs from the Canadian border to the Mexican border. It's also possible with a dual-sport motorcycle. I've ridden it eleven times.
Six Thousand Miles of Dirt 30 days, 6,287 mi.

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For those who purchased a Two-Person Quilt Kit in 2014, but haven't sewn it yet, please note that there is a small mistake in the instructions that will leave you with 2" of extra insulation, in length, before making the stack. Simply trim the extra 2" insulation off. We have corrected that in our instructions, for future customers.

I've been re-designing our knife and sheath kits. Here Jenny is getting in on the fun, tooling a sheath.

 New from Ray-Way Products 

  • We are now offering One-Person Quilt Kits with only a single layer of Alpine insulation, for hiking the AT in summer.
  • We've added a few more colors to our Tarp Kits.
  • See our new "Candy Cane" handle on our Knife Kits.
  • New Ray-Way Washbag Kit
  • New Online Book: Global Voyage

Our NEW book Global Voyage
In the early 80's Jenny and Sailed our ketch Suka Around the World. The three-years journey was our favorite trip of all. After the voyage I wrote a book, and now I have published it on our website.
Read the Book Here For Free. 774 photos.

From a recent magazine article:
Ray Jardine placing a number-2 Friend on the Phoenix, Yosemite 1977. This was the world's first 5.13 rated climb.

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 New Tarp Kit Colors 

If you ever wanted a brown tarp, now is your chance. Look for it on our Order Form. Limited stock. Shown is a dual-color tarp with blue beaks.

Back in stock, we also have Cloud White. Seriously everyone, this is the best color performance wise. It beats the socks off all other colors. You will stay warmer under this color tarp, and experience less condensation. (Condensation is sign that you pitched your tarp too low-lying. But the Cloud White will help in those no-wind, high-humidly situations.)

The Cloud White is warmer because it reflects your lost body heat back onto you, greater than any other color. From a physics standpoint, Cloud White minimizes the radiating of your body heat up into the sky.

Knife Kit with a NEW Candy Cane handle
Candy Cane handle (mix of Apache-Plume and Cliff-Rose)

Our Knife Kits make excellent gifts!

This is a new color of handle. The wood is a unique and beautiful variegated tone, from red to reddish pink and blond to gold. Like the other Apache-Plume handles, the "Candy Cane" is pleasantly fragrant and easy to work with.

Just a reminder for Appalachian Trail hikers
The Ray-Way Tarp Book Essential has a whole chapter on how to minimize a person's exposure to ticks and the diseases they can transmit. This topic is a concern for many hikers and campers, whether or not they are sleeping under a tarp and using a Spitfire or Net-Tent. As such, I think this is a critically important chapter for Appalachian Trail hikers, or other people who frequent the beautiful woods of the eastern states. Even if you have no interest in tarp camping, I consider the Ticks chapter essential reading for a safe and worry free trip.

NEW: Ray-Way Washbag Kit ../ray-way/Washbag/2014-08-16-09-40-06-700w.jpg|700|525|C|Our new Ray-Way |Washbag Kit| makes a Washbag for laundering Ray-Way gear. Designed to hold your backpack, but also works extremely well on other things. Here it is holding my extra-large Net-Tent. Simply load the bag and toss it into your washing machine. It get things twice as clean, as compared to just leaving them loose, because the more confined space causes a more vigorous agitation. Also, keeps the cords and straps confined so they don't tangle around the other things in the washing machine but outside the bag. Simple and easy to make, this new Kit is now available! Look for it on our Order Form (in the Backpack Kit section).

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"Very happy to see that you want to write more. Your post today reminded me of Muir's statement that "I care to live only to entice people to look at nature's loveliness". His writings changed my life. Had they not, you and I would not have met. You ARE the modern John Muir, and your writing is modern and filled with both experience and technical wisdom as well as being beautiful in and of itself. Thanks again to you and Jenny." Craig C.

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