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MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Canister Stove Review

MSR Pocket Rocket 2

MSR has a new and improved model of the original and iconic Pocket Rocket Canister Stove ($39.95) this year, called the Pocket Rocket 2 ($44.95), even though it doesn’t look much like its namesake. The biggest visible difference between the two stoves are the pot supports, which fold down and away more compactly along …

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Backpacking Lyme Disease Prevention

About the size of a poppy seed, a tick nymph embeds itself in the skin of a hiker.

Some people think I’m cracked when it comes to the preventive measures I take to avoid tick bites and getting Lyme Disease. But I still haven’t contracted Lyme Disease after 5000 miles of hiking, backpacking, and off-trail hiking through prime tick habit on the Appalachian Trail, in the northeastern United States, or …

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Granite Gear Backpacks: How to Choose

Granite Gear backpacks are popular packs for long distance backpacking in the United States and are a common sight on the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail. I really like Granite Gear’s packs because I think they strike an excellent balance between weight and function, many have adjustable length frames and hip belts, and because they’re quite …

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Hydrapak Seeker 3L Soft Water Bottle Review

The Hydrapak Seeker 3L soft bottle has a 42mm opening and graduated measurements printed along the side.

The Hydrapak Seeker 3L is a 100 ounce / 3 liter, soft water bottle that weighs 3.1 ounces empty. The big benefit of using a soft bottle for backpacking is that it can be rolled up and tucked out of the way when it’s not needed.  However, the Seeker 3L is …

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