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Compression socks can be used to relieve the pain of Plantar Fasciitis without giving up hiking.

Plantar Fasciitis and Compression Socks

As many of you know, I’ve been struggling with Plantar Fasciitis this summer, an overuse injury of the foot that associated with heel pain and severe foot cramping.  The pain is caused by the inflammation of the ligament that connects your heel bone to the ball of your foot. I’ve tried a number of different […]

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Mt Madison from the Howker Ridge:Pine Link Trail

Great Hikes: Climbing Mt Madison by the Pine Link Trail

When I want inspiration, I head above treeline in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. There’s something about the big views and the physical exertion of climbing a mountain that lifts my spirits and lets them soar. For this trip, I hiked up to the top of Mt Madison (5367′) before dropping down a few hundred feet and walking […]

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I only carry two pairs of hiking socks on trips - the pair I'm wearing an a clean pair to sleep in

How Many Pairs of Socks Should You Bring on a Backpacking Trip?

Many people bring too many extra clothes on backpacking trips, including more shirts, pants, pairs of underwear, socks, and even shoes that they don’t need. Extra clothes add a lot of unnecessary weight to a backpack and take up a significant amount of extra volume. So much, that you might end up carrying a larger and heavier […]

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The 2016 Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack (60L) weighs 33 ounces, yet can comfortably haul up to 35 pounds of gear, food, and water.

Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack Review (2016 Model)

The folks at Gossamer Gear are always innovating and optimizing the design of their ultralight backpacks and shelters to meet the demands of their customers. This past year, they significantly increased the load carrying capacity of the Mariposa 60 Lightweight Backpack, long considered one of the finest high volume ultralight backpacks made. All of Gossamer Gear’s backpacks are […]

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