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What the Heck is a Semi-Freestanding Tent?

If you want to buy a camping or backpacking tent, welcome to Babel! The made-up marketing jargon that tent manufacturers and outdoor retailers use to describe their products defies comprehension. It’s no wonder that so many tents are returned to retailers because they don’t measure up to the hype. One marketing term that I find to be a […]

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Webster Slide Mountain seen from the base on the Glencliff Trail on Mount Moosilauke

Climbing Webster Slide Mountain

Webster Slide Mountain (2184′) is located near Mount Moosilauke on the west side of the White Mountains. The site of an impressive cliff, the trail up the slide is maintained by the Dartmouth Outdoor Club and branches off the Appalachian Trail between Mount Mist and NH 25 near Glencliff, NH. The Webster Slide Trail leaves […]

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The Nemo Siren is a 30 degrees bed-style backacking quilt insulated with 850 fill power down that only weighs 19 ounces

NEMO Siren Down Ultralight Quilt Review

If you find a mummy sleeping bag to constricting to sleep with on backpacking or camping trips, a hoodless quilt can be a more comfortable and lighter weight sleep insulation option. Quilts insulate the top of your body at night, while you’re sleeping pad insulates the bottom. They’re very similar to sleeping with a blanket, making […]

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The Osprey Talon 44 Backpack has an internal frame that hugs your back and hips

Osprey Packs Talon 44 Backpack Review

The Osprey Packs Talon 44 Backpack ($149.95) is a lightweight pack with an adjustable torso length that’s good for weekend backpacking trips, technical day hikes, and peakbagging. Weighing 2 pounds 5 ounces, it can carry a remarkable amount of gear and has a body hugging fit that provides excellent load control for scrambling and fast packing. […]

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