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Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL 2 Person Tent Review

The Fly Creek HV UL 2 has steeper walls providing more interior volume and comfort.

The Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL 2 is the latest generation of ultralight Fly Creek line of tents, boasting increased interior volume by using a steeper door and side walls. How significant is the change and what other improvements have been made to this backpacker favorite? Gear Weight vs …

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Petzl e+LITE Headlamp Review (50 Lumens) – 2017

The updated Petzl e+LITE (left) is twice as bright as it's predecessor but still only weighs 26 grams including its integrated stand, elastic head strap and plastic whistle.

The new and improved Petzl e+LITE ultralight, ultra-compact headlamp is twice as bright as the earlier version and comes with a more comfortable elastic head-strap, emergency whistle, swivel stand and plastic protective case, all standard. Still powered by two CR2032 batteries, the upgraded e+LITE provides 50 lumens of light (up …

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Snowshoeing to the Red Hill Firetower on Squam Lake

The Red Hill Firetower

Red Hill is the site of a firetower overlooking Squam Lake in the southeastern end of the White Mountains, near Moultonborough, NH. There are numerous hiking trails on Red Hill, which is managed by the Lake Region Conservation Trust (click for trail map.) I climbed Red Hill with two friends, …

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GPS Navigation with PDF Maps on Smartphones

Three screenshots of a PDF Map in Avenza Map

GPS Smartphone navigation just got easier using Geospatial PDF, an extension to Adobe’s Portable Document Format that let’s you encode GPS features with PDF documents. Imagine being able to download a PDF map to your phone for a state park or ski resort and having the ability to find your location or map a …

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Sawyer Mini Water Filter or Sawyer Squeeze Point One: How to Choose

Sawyer Squeeze and Sawyer Mini Water Filters

The Sawyer Squeeze Point One and Sawyer Mini Water Filters are the most popular water treatment and purification systems used by backpackers today (approximately 40% use them according to a recent survey). The Sawyer Squeeze Water Treatment System (which includes 2 x 32 oz. water reservoirs, a cleaning syringe, etc.) …

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