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Backpacking Pillow Preferences – Survey Results

Over 90% of backpackers use a pillow of some sort on backpacking trips.

What do inflatable sleeping pads, backcountry bed-style sleeping bags,  mini-LED lanterns, and two-door backpacking tents have in common? If you step back and look at product and technology innovation in the backpacking and camping industry, a lot of it has been focused on making the nighttime camping experience as comfortable …

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Lenticular Clouds on Shelburne Moriah Mountain

Lenticular Clouds over Shelburne Moriah Mountain

Lenticular clouds are saucer shaped clouds that often precede rain. It’s not uncommon to see them over Mt Washington, known for its wild weather and high wind speeds, although you can never predict when they’ll form. I’d woken early and climbed Shelburne Moriah Mountain, a 3700′ peak on the northern …

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Tarptent ProTrail Tent Review

The Tarptent ProTrail Tent is basically a pup tent made with an outer fly and a bathtub floor suspended with bug netting.

The Tarptent ProTrail (MSRP $225) is an ultralight one-person single-walled tent designed for three-season use. Weighing just 26 ounces, the ProTrail is generously sized for one person with plenty of interior room for gear. Setup requires two trekking poles although conventional poles can also be purchased from the manufacturer if you …

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Evernew Backpacking Water Reservoirs and Bottles

Evernew reservoirs and water bottles are fully compatible with the Sawyer Point One and Sawyer Mini Water Filters, without the need for an adapter.

Evernew water reservoirs are transparent soft bottles that can be collapsed when not in use. They’re available in four sizes: 600 ml, 900 ml, 1.5L, and 2L and can be used to haul clean or “dirty,” pre-filtered water. They weigh 0.9 oz., 1.oz., 1.3 oz., and 1.5 oz. respectively. They have a …

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Rocky Branch Ramble

The Rocky Branch River is well-named.

I’ve always been fascinated by the damage that heavy rain, landslides, avalanches, and flooding can inflict on the mountain landscape. Hurricane Irene wrought havoc in the White Mountains in August of 2011, wiping out roads, bridges, and countless hiking trails. One of these, the Rocky Branch Trail remained closed for years …

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