The REI Dash 2 ultralight tent - a radical departure from the signature REI dome tent design.

REI Dash 2 Ultralight Tent Review

The REI Dash 2 is the lightest weight 2 person tent that REI has ever sold. Weighing just 2 pounds 7 ounces (not including stakes or stuff sacks), it is a double walled tent with a conventional hubbed poleset, two doors, and two vestibules. But the design of this tent with its aerodynamic fly, high […]

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Clever Hiker

20 Essential Backpacking and Hiking Videos (and they’re FREE)

Watch 7 Principles of Leave No Trace Backpacking by CleverHiker Dave Collins, The Clever Hiker is back with a fantastic video series sponsored by gear manufacturers Gossamer Gear, Sawyer, Zpacks.com. Dave’s given me early access to these videos and they are really worth watching. I think they’re incredibly well done and that day hikers and […]

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Another pre-existing tent site - adjacent fire ring not shown

Stealth Camping and Pre-existing Campsites

Stealth Camping has become a fashionable term in backpacking circles, but I’m convinced that most people don’t know what it means. They confuse it with pre-existing campsites, which are very different. Stealth Campsites Most stealth campsite have never been used before. They’re called stealth campsites because: No one should be able to tell you’re there when you’re camping […]

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Bear Mountain

Bear Mountain Bushwhack – Sometimes the Bear Gets You!

I had a surprising experience over the summer on top of North Percy Peak, a mountain north of the White Mountain Region, in northern New Hampshire. As I sat there pondering the view, I realized that I couldn’t name any of the mountains spread out in front of me. I’d become so intimate with the […]

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Backpacking Gear

My Gear List Philosophy

When I started getting into lightweight backpacking, I spent a lot of time staring at my gear list to make sure I squeezed every ounce of weight out of it. That’s ok. It’s part of the process that every lightweight or ultralight backpacker goes through when they realize that they can be more comfortable by […]

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Storm Clouds massing over the Swift River Valley, seen from the ledges of Table Mountain

A Short Backpack to West Moat Mountain

When the stream in the col between Table Mountain and Big Attitash turned out to be dry, I was flustered. The next water source on my map was on the other side of Big Attitash but there was no way I’d make it there before nightfall. Backtracking wasn’t a good option either. I decided to stay put and carefully manage […]

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Big Agnes Scout UL 2 Ultralight Tent

Raffle: ENTER to WIN a Big Agnes Scout UL 2 Tent

Click to Watch the Big Agnes Scout UL 2 Video Shown Above The Big Agnes Scout UL 2 person tent is a single wall, ultralight-style tent with ample room for two people. Weighing 1 pound 9 ounces (without tent stakes) it includes an inner tent with high bathtub floors, mesh ventilation, and a roof fly, rivaling […]

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