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Eureka Timberline A-frame Tent

Illustrated Tent Terminology Guide

Do you find the jargon and terminology around camping and backpacking tents confusing? This handy illustrated guide helps demystify tent terms and technology, so you can find the tent that best suits your needs. A-Frame Tent Classic pup-style tent patterned after old army tents where the walls form an ‘A’ shape. Eureka makes a lot […]

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In the Two Line Suspension, the line is connected to the tarp using a Dutchware Stingerz. The line is looped around the tree and then secured to the Stingerz antenna.

Hammocks: Continuous Ridgelines or Not?

Many hammock hangers choose a continuous ridgeline for suspending their tarps between two trees. I used this technique after buying a Warbonnet Blackbird hammock and Superfly tarp from a friend who’d set up his tarp suspension system this way, but quickly discarded and replaced it with something much simpler called a  two-line or split-line system using […]

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View of Mt Washington from the Speckled Mountain Summit

Great Hikes: Speckled Mountain and the Blueberry Ridge Trail

Speckled Mountain (2906′) is the site of an old firetower in Evans Notch, just inside the Caribou-Speckled Wilderness Area in the White Mountain National Forest. Hiked together with the above-treeline Blueberry Ridge Trail, they provide unsurpassed views of Mt Washington, the East and West Royce Mountains, and the Baldfaces, from a perspective few White Mountain hikers have […]

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The Patagonia Torrenshell Jacket on a very wet day at the Black Angel river crossing on the Wild River

Patagonia Torrentshell Rain Jacket Review

The Patagonia Torrentshell Rain Jacket is an affordable and fully featured rain jacket with an excellent hood and pit zip ventilation. While nearly twice the weight of minimalist lightweight rain jackets like the OR Helium II, it’s warmer and much more durable, making it good for rough and tumble activities like winter and shoulder season hiking when […]

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ULA Circuit Backpack

5 Best Ultralight Backpacks for Long Distance Backpacking

A lot of hikers ask me which backpacks I think are the best for multi-day hikes and long distance backpacking, and time and again, I recommend the packs listed below. Why? I think they’re large enough to fit all of the gear and food you need for a backpacking trip for a variety of temperatures […]

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