Good-to-Go Gourmet Dehydrated Meals

Good-to-Go Gourmet Dehydrated Camping Meals

Good-to-Go is a new gourmet camping food company that’s on a mission to create the best tasting and nutritious dehydrated camping meals available today. Based in Maine, they bring a Down Home sensibility to their dehydrated meals which are gluten-free and available as vegetarian or pescatarian entrees. My wife and I tried three Good-to-Go meals this […]

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Karen, a Leave No Trace Master Educator, brushing her teeth on the Appalachian Trail

Leave No Trace Toothbrushing

Maintaining dental hygiene is just as important when backpacking and camping as it is at home. But the question arises, what’s the best way to practice leave no trace toothbrushing and rinse out the toothpaste in your mouth after your brush? My answer may surprise you. Swallow It! While many leave no trace practitioners advocate […]

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Granite Gear Virga 2 Backpack Review

The Granite Gear Virga 2 is a 54 liter ultralight backpack that is lightweight even by today’s standards. Weighing just 1 pound and 3 ounces (19 ounces) it is truly frameless, without even a foam back pad behind the shoulder straps. Despite its low weight, the Virga 2 is a fully featured Granite Gear backpack […]

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Learning How to Navigate with a Compass

Advanced Notice: Map and Compass Instructional Weekend

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to use a compass for off-trail navigation, I’ll be co-teaching an Appalachian Mountain Club Compass Navigation course on Friday September, 25, 2014 – Sunday, September 28, 2014, with Grid-finisher Joe Comuzzi, who’s been teaching this class for some 30 years, and taught me. The class will be held […]

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Kelty TrailLogic TN3 (3) Person Tent

Raffle: ENTER to WIN a FREE Kelty TrailLogic TN3 Tent

Click to Watch the Kelty TN3 Video Overview (shown above) The new Kelty TrailLogic TN3 Tent is a roomy, well-ventilated tent for 3 people that features a roll-up rain fly for campers who like to look at the stars at night. With room for 3 people, this tent is lightweight and compact enough to carry for backpacking or car […]

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Fire Ring Containing Burnt Wood

Campsite Regulations: The 200 Foot Rule

I recently met a pair of new backpackers, Bill and Elena, and they asked me my opinion about the 200 foot rule. This is a  a backcountry camping rule in many federally regulated forests. Check your local regulations for specifics because they vary accross different federal and state jurisdictions. If you hike within the White Mountain National […]

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