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Mt Garfield and its western subpeak

Backpacking the Three Garfields in the Pemigewasset Wilderness

There are three Garfield Mountains along the Garfield Ridge Trail in the Pemigewasset Wilderness (of New Hampshire’s White Mountains), although you’re probably only familiar with the tallest one on the four thousand footer list. The other two peaks, West (3667′) and East Garfield (3590′), are short bushwhacks off the main trail, both on the more esoteric […]

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Granite Gear V.C. Crown 60 Backpack

Which Granite Gear Backpack is Right for You?

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 Trails. I really like Granite Gear’s packs because I think they strike an excellent balance between weight and function, many have adjustable frames, and because they’re quite affordable, which is a rare quality these days if […]

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Rain and Cooking in Rainy Weather adds a whole new dimension to your backpacking experience.

How to Cook Backpacking Food in the Rain

I had a reader contact me recently asking me how he could cook dinner in the rain, inside a double walled tent with an MSR Whisperlite stove. He wanted to know whether he should get rid of his tent and replace it with a tarp that could be pitched higher and had better air flow. […]

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Short Stories from Long Trails by Justin Lichter-001

Backpacking and Adventure Books for Vacation Reading

The dog days of summer (when it’s so devastatingly hot that the dogs lie around and pant all day) are a great time to take it easy at the camp site and catch up on your summer reading with a cool drink in hand. Here are a few books that I plan on reading this week up […]

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Over the Hill Hikers

Reader Poll: Exercise Advice for Aging Hikers

What can older hikers do to help offset the stiffness, aches, and pains that come with getting older so that they can continue hiking into their late 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. That’s the question that a reader sent me last week. She writes: This issue has been on my mind as well, since I’m now […]

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