Tenkara Instructor and Fishing Guide, Ken Elmer, fly fishing on the Swift River

Tenkara Fly-Fishing and Hiking in the White Mountains

I like learning new skills and Tenkara Fly Fishing is my latest new foray. This is a minimalist, ultralight form of fly fishing using a telescoping 11-12′ carbon fiber rod (weighing 2-3 ounces), a line, fly, and net, making it ideally suited to fishing on day hikes and backpacking trips where you don’t want to […]

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Zpacks.com Arc Blast Ultralight Cuben Fiber Backpack

ZPacks.com Arc Blast Ultralight Backpack Review

The ZPacks.com Arc Blast Backpack is an ultralight cuben fiber backpack with an external carbon fiber frame that is available in three sizes: 45L, 52L, and 60L. Weighing just 17.4 ounces in the 60L version (shown here in orange), the Arc Blast is rated for 30 pound loads making it ideal backpack for thru-hikers and lightweight backpacking trips […]

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Stinson Mountain Trailhead

The View from Stinson Mountain

Located just outside Rumney, near Plymouth, New Hampshire, Stinson Mountain (2900′) is way off the beaten track as far as White Mountain peaks go and finding the trail head is an adventure all by itself. Once I left pavement and headed down the unpaved road that surrounds Stinson Lake, I relied on my intuition and followed the […]

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Reinforced heel provides extra stability

La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0 Trail Runner Review

I recently got back from a 250 mile section hike along the Northern Virginia part of the Appalachian Trail, where I hiked the trail using La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0 trail runners instead of the La Sportiva Ultra-Raptors that I wore most of last year. In this review, I’ll explain the pros and cons of the Wildcat […]

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Mt Washington and the Rocky Branch watershed seen from the summit of Mt Parker

Mount Parker and the Mt Stanton Trail

The Doberman started barking when I rounded the corner and I hoped his owner was nearby. When he charged my legs, I stuck my hiking pole in his face and he backed off. That’s the first time I’ve felt seriously threatened by an unleashed dog in the White Mountains. I’d been scared, really scared. The owner then […]

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Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2 Tent Review

The Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2 is a two person backpacking tent that weighs 2 pounds 4 ounces, making it an excellent choice for backpackers who want to reduce the weight of their gear but still prefer a double-walled tent. Just a few ounces heavier than the one person Fly Creek UL 1, the […]

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