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View of Squam Lake from the East Rattlkesnake Ledges

Hiking East and West Rattlesnake

East and West Rattlesnake are two scenic peaks that overlook Squam Lake in New Hampshire’s Lake District on the southern border of the White Mountain National Forest. Moderate in height, they provide excellent views of the lake and surrounding mountains with relatively little climbing effort compared to the higher peaks up north. They’re also surrounded […]

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The Sea-to-Summit Ultralight Inflatable Sleeping Pad has a dimpled surface that is especially comfortable for side sleepers.

Sea to Summit Ultralight Sleeping Pad Review

The Sea-to-Summit Ultralight Sleeping Pad is quick to inflate and deflate, folds flat and compactly, and is covered with dimpled air cells that adapt to a sleeper’s curves like the mattress of their bed at home. Weighing just 12.5 ounces in a size regular, the Sea-to-Summit Ultralight  Sleeping Pad is also seriously lightweight. Not that you […]

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Gear Repair and Maintenance Supplies

Backpacking Gear Repair Hacks

I had a reader contact me recently asking about the products I use for gear repair and maintenance, which I do a lot of because I’m really rough on gear. But you’d be surprised at how inexpensive it is to fix or modify your hiking and backpacking gear using just a few commercial products and […]

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Powermonkey Extreme charging an Android Phone in camp

Appalachian Trail Cell Phone Guide

Cell phones have become a ubiquitous sight in the Appalachian Trail and for good reason. Cell phone service is pretty good along most of the trail, provided your phone is on the Verizon Network or serviced by a discount network like StraightTalk. (StraightTalk is much less expensive than Verizon but has the identical coverage.) If your cell […]

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Freestanding tents are very fast and easy to set up because they don't require tents stakes to pitch.

Freestanding Backpacking Tents

Have you even wanted to move your tent because the ground underneath was uncomfortable or you needed to make space for someone else at your tent site? Have you ever had to pitch your tent on a wooden platform, a sandy beach, or a rocky overlook where you couldn’t use tent stakes? I think everyone has had an […]

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