Storm Clouds massing over the Swift River Valley, seen from the ledges of Table Mountain

A Short Backpack to West Moat Mountain

When the stream in the col between Table Mountain and Big Attitash turned out to be dry, I was flustered. The next water source on my map was on the other side of Big Attitash but there was no way I’d make it there before nightfall. Backtracking wasn’t a good option either. I decided to stay put and carefully manage […]

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Big Agnes Scout UL 2 Ultralight Tent

Raffle: ENTER to WIN a Big Agnes Scout UL 2 Tent

Click to Watch the Big Agnes Scout UL 2 Video Shown Above The Big Agnes Scout UL 2 person tent is a single wall, ultralight-style tent with ample room for two people. Weighing 1 pound 9 ounces (without tent stakes) it includes an inner tent with high bathtub floors, mesh ventilation, and a roof fly, rivaling […]

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Subscribe to the Monthly SectionHiker Newsletter!

If you haven’t signed up for the monthly SectionHiker.com newsletter yet, you have another week before the first issue gets sent out in mid-September. I’m pretty jazzed about the newsletter which includes previously unpublished articles and high quality photos, along with registration information about my upcoming guided trips and talks. Fill out this form to subscribe: You […]

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1950 Crawford, NH USGS Quad, Southeast Corner

Hiking into the Past with Historic Maps

When I plan hikes in the White Mountains, especially off-trail hikes, I try to research the history of the area that I’ll be hiking in before my trip. One of the richest, but rarest forms of information is in the form of old maps of the region, which often show abandoned trails, logging, or ski […]

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The Big Agnes Scout UL 2 is an ultralight cross between a classic pub tent and an A-frame tarp

Big Agnes Scout UL 2 Tent Review

The Big Agnes Scout UL 2 person tent is a single wall, ultralight-style tent with ample room for two people. Weighing 1 pound 9 ounces (without tent stakes) it includes an inner tent with high bathtub floors, mesh ventilation, and a roof fly, rivaling many of the features and function of ultralight shelters that are only […]

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RugRats from The TentLab

RugRats Tents Kickstarter Redefines Family Camping

Click to Watch the RugRats Kickstarter Video Family camping is not just for kids anymore: parents should have fun too! That’s the premise behind The TentLab’s new Ultimate 3 & 4 Person Tent Kickstarter campaign, launched by veteran tent and backpack designer Mike Cecot-Scherer. While Mike’s is not a household name, he’s designed more commercial outdoor […]

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Find your exact location on a long climb

Navigating with an Altimeter

If you’re a hiker or a backpacker, an altimeter can be a powerful navigation aid when used in conjunction with a map and compass. Altimeters aren’t new, but they have fallen in price in recent years and are commonly included as a function in outdoor sports watches. For instance, I use a Casio Pathfinder Watch which has […]

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