Pac Boots

The Problem with Pac Boots for Winter Hiking

Pac boots, like the kind you get from Sorel, Kamik, Cabelas, or LL Bean, are not a good option for serious hiking in winter terrain. While Pac boots were the only inexpensive alternative to buying expensive mountaineering boots about FIVE years ago, the winter hiking footwear landscape has changed dramatically since then and much better-fitting, insulated, winter hiking […]

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following atticus

10 Great Outdoor Adventure Books For Hikers

1. Following Atticus by Tom Ryan Tom Ryan’s inspiring tale of how he and his miniature schnauzer companion, the “Little Buddha” Atticus M. Finch, attempted to scale all forty-eight of New Hampshire’s four thousand foot White Mountains twice in the dead of winter. 2. A Million Steps by Kurt Koontz Part diary, part travelogue, A […]

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Silky GOMBOY 240 Pruning Saw

Some Basic Bushcraft Skills for Backpackers

My ultralight backpacking friends will roll their eyes in dismay when they hear I’ve started carrying a 9.4 ounce Silky GOMBOY 240 Pruning Saw on my shoulder season and winter hikes. But I believe that the gear you carry on a hike or a backpacking trip should meet your objectives and goals for the specific journey you’re taking, not […]

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Saco District Trail Adopter Trainees

Reader Poll: Why Aren’t More Young People Trail Maintainers?

In my interview with Whitney LaRuffa, President of ALDHA-West that I published last week, Whitney expressed a concern that younger people, in their 30’s and 40’s, aren’t involved in trail maintainance activities. The ensuing discussion was rather interesting with different commentors expressing different theories for why many so more older people volunteer to maintain trails. JimC wrote: […]

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Vermont Appalachian Trail Sign

The Pros and Cons of Section Hiking the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy says that 20% of the people who claim to hiking the Appalachian Trail each year are section hikers, although I suspect that the actual number is much higher. While some section hikers complete the trail in just a few years, many others take a decade or more to hike all 2180 miles from Springer Mountain […]

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The Gossamer Gear sit light pads provides a clean place to sit when cooking dinner.

The Gossamer Gear SitLight Sit Pad

All of Gossamer Gear’s overnight backpacks, the Mariposa (70L), the Gorilla (46L), the G4 (66L), and the Murmur (36L) include a SitLight Sit Pad that can be used as a seat during rest breaks or in camp. The foam pad slides into two elastic pad sleeves on the pack of the back to provide cushioning and enhance ventilation. It […]

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