Fenix LD01 Flashlight

Reader Poll: How Big is Your Headlamp?

“If you need a headlamp (in the beginning of June), you’ve messed up your trip planning,” said a very experienced hiker I know. Even so, I still carry one in summer because there are many things that you can’t control on a hike that can prevent you from pitching camp or cooking dinner until after dark. Still, […]

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QiWiz Firely UL Titanium Collapsible Wood Stove with an Titanium Pot (sold separately)

QiWiz Firefly UL Titanium Collapsible Wood Stove

I got turned onto wood stove cooking last year, as much for the ambiance of cooking dinner over a fire, as the weight savings from not having to carry stove fuel on trips. But I’ve always wanted a wood stove that folded flat to make it easier to pack, so I asked my wife to buy […]

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Mts Whiteface, Piper, and Belknap

Belknap Range Traverse

“That was a much bigger ass-kicking than I expected,” said Trey, describing the hike we did of the Belknap Range in Southern New Hampshire. We’d just climbed all 12 of the mountains required for the Belknap Range Patch in one 11 hour hike and we were exhausted. Trey had estimated the distance at 15 miles with 5600 feet […]

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Golite Shangri-La 3 Tent

Golite Shangri-La 3 Tent Review

The Golite Shangri-La 3 is a classic ultralight shelter that is lightweight enough that it can be pitched as a one person standalone tarp or used as a three-person double-walled tent. It’s rare to find a shelter that is so versatile, reasonably priced, and can be used for solo trips or group car camping. Pyramid shaped […]

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Bill Donovan on Southwest Twin Mountain

Why We Lead Hikes

Being a volunteer hiking or backpacking leader takes a lot of work. You need to reserve a day months in advance, plan a trip, advertise it, screen the people who want to come, get everyone to show up on time, make sure everyone sticks together and has fun during the hike, and gets back to […]

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Grandma Gatewood

The Real Grandma Gatewood

Grandma Gatewood is often cited at the first ultralight backpacker because she thru-hiked hiked the Appalachian Trail using a shower curtain as a shelter with only 12 pounds of gear. I doubt that’s the reason for her success. More than anything, she was a survivor, who’s story has lessons for us all. The real Grandma […]

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