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Powermonkey Extreme charging an Android Phone in camp

Appalachian Trail Cell Phone Guide

Cell phones have become a ubiquitous sight in the Appalachian Trail and for good reason. Cell phone service is pretty good along most of the trail, provided your phone is on the Verizon Network or serviced by a discount network like StraightTalk. (StraightTalk is much less expensive than Verizon but has the identical coverage.) If your cell […]

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Camping in a Tarptent Notch at the north end of Carrigan Notch

Section Hiker Used Backpacking Gear Sale

I have the following personal camping and backpacking gear for sale that I bought with my money. It’s all great gear, but I’m de-cluttering my gear closet and it’s got to go. The condition of each item is as noted. All payments must be made through Paypal, using instructions I’ll send to you if you […]

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Freestanding tents are very fast and easy to set up because they don't require tents stakes to pitch.

Freestanding Backpacking Tents

Have you even wanted to move your tent because the ground underneath was uncomfortable or you needed to make space for someone else at your tent site? Have you ever had to pitch your tent on a wooden platform, a sandy beach, or a rocky overlook where you couldn’t use tent stakes? I think everyone has had an […]

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Upper Greeley Pond and Mt Kancamagus

Two Mountain Passes and a Tecumseh

The White Mountain landscape is defined by its mountain passes (called Notches), perhaps even more than its peaks. Crawford Notch, Pinkham Notch, and Franconia Notch are just a few of the great valleys that channel visitors from one region of the White Mountain National Forest to the next. Without these mountain passes providing fast passage […]

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