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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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Montane Featherlite Down Jacket Review

Montane Featherlite Down Jacket

The Montane Featherlite Down Jacket is an exceptional lightweight down jacket, good for year-round use as an outer-layer or as a mid-layer under a shell in very cold winter conditions. The hood is one of the best I’ve tested on lightweight insulated jackets and fully adjustable, something you find less and …

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Snowshoeing the Snows Mountain Trail

Snows Mountain Trail Sign

The Snows Mountain Trail is a loop hike in Waterville Valley, on the southwest side of the White Mountain National Forest. The trailhead is hard to find, being situated halfway up the hill of a now-defunct ski slope, but well worth the effort. This part of the White Mountain National …

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