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Off the beaten path in the Pemigewasset Wilderness

The Best Year of My Life

“This has been the best year of my life”, I told Sam as we were climbing Wheeler Mountain in Maine. She replied, “You don’t hear many people saying that these days.” Isn’t that the truth? It’s been 5 years now since I quit my job in corporate America and set out to declare my independence. […]

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Appalachian Trail - 2000 Mile Mark in Maine

10 Frugal Thru-Hiking Tips

Taking time to hike the Appalachian Trail can be expensive if you don’t spend your money wisely. Here are a few tips to keep your costs to a minimum without going primal. Being a frugal thru-hiker or section hiker can halve the estimated $5000 that it takes to hike a long trail. 1. Don’t Pay for […]

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The Soto Amicus is a canister style backpacking stove with a built in pot stand and wind screen.

Gear Raffle: ENTER to WIN a FREE Soto Amicus Canister Stove

Soto is a Japanese manufacturer known for its high quality canister (Windmaster) and liquid fuel backpacking (Muka) stoves. Their newest canister stove, the Amicus (which means friend in Latin), is priced at $44.95 with a built-in piezo igniter and includes many of the features found on their more expensive models including four folding pot stand supports and […]

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View of Squam Lake from the East Rattlkesnake Ledges

Hiking East and West Rattlesnake

East and West Rattlesnake are two scenic peaks that overlook Squam Lake in New Hampshire’s Lake District on the southern border of the White Mountain National Forest. Moderate in height, they provide excellent views of the lake and surrounding mountains with relatively little climbing effort compared to the higher peaks up north. They’re also surrounded […]

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