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A Warbonnet Ridgerunner Double Layer Hammock

Reader Poll: What’s Your Hammock Insulation System?

Hammocks are a great alternative to camping on the ground in a tent. You don’t have to worry about finding flat and level ground to pitch a tent, you don’t have to worry about rain flooding your tent at night, or about nasty spiders and snakes crawling into bed with you. If you have two trees […]

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DIY Cat Food Can Alcohol Stove

7 Advantages of Alcohol Backpacking Stoves

Alcohol backpacking stoves are popular with long distance hikers and with good reason. Here are the 7 reasons why they’re a good option for backcountry cooking, especially if you’re a beginner, looking to soften the up front expense of buying backpacking gear. 1. Alcohol stoves are inexpensive Alcohol stoves are very inexpensive and you can easily […]

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Gen Shimizu, founder of Yama Mountain Gear, fabricating a cuben fiber shelter in his workshop

Yama Mountain Gear Factory Tour

Calling Yama Mountain Gear’s digs in Charlottesville, Virginia a factory might be an overstatement, but not for long. Founded by gear guru and long distance hiker Gen Shimizu, Yama Mountain Gear is poised for rapid expansion into the burgeoning lightweight backpacking and fast packing market with a remarkable product pipeline full of innovative new ideas and product […]

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Seam Sealing a Tent or Tarp

How to Seam Seal a Tent or Tarp by Martin Rye

When you buy a Tarp Tent, a silnylon tarp shelter, or a hammock tarp, it’s best to seal the seams using McNett’s Silnet (also called Gear Aid Silnet) in order to make them waterproof in the rain. Most of these shelters are not seam sealed or seam taped, so you have to do it yourself. Here […]

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