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The Patagonia Torrenshell Jacket on a very wet day at the Black Angel river crossing on the Wild River

Patagonia Torrentshell Rain Jacket Review

The Patagonia Torrentshell Rain Jacket is an affordable and fully featured rain jacket with an excellent hood and pit zip ventilation. While nearly twice the weight of minimalist lightweight rain jackets like the OR Helium II, it’s warmer and much more durable, making it good for rough and tumble activities like winter and shoulder season hiking when […]

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ULA Circuit Backpack

5 Best Ultralight Backpacks for Long Distance Backpacking

A lot of hikers ask me which backpacks I think are the best for multi-day hikes and long distance backpacking, and time and again, I recommend the packs listed below. Why? I think they’re large enough to fit all of the gear and food you need for a backpacking trip for a variety of temperatures […]

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Philip Werner backpacking down the Moriah Brook trail in the Wild River Wilderness

Great Hikes: The Moriah Brook Trail in the Wild River Wilderness

In an area full of superlatives, the Moriah Brook Trail is considered one of the most beautiful gems in the White Mountain National Forest. Located in the Wild River Wilderness, the Moriah Brook trail follows a mountain stream from its source high up on the Carter Moriah Ridge to its confluence with the Wild River some […]

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The Campsaver Ultralight 30 Down Sleeping Bag is filled with 10.8 ounces of 850 fill power goose down.

Raffle: Enter to Win a FREE 30 Degree Ultralight Down Sleeping Bag

The Campsaver Ultralight 30 Down Sleeping Bag, filled with 850 fill power goose down (MSRP $300). is an excellent value when compared to other much more expensive, summer-weight down sleeping bags. Weighing just 25.2 ounces, the Ultralight 30 Down Sleeping Bag includes high-end features such as a down filled draft collar, zipper guard, and draft tube, that […]

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Crawford Notch - a deep valley and mountain pass

Navigating Without a Compass

Most people don’t know how to use a compass to navigate and while it’s a very useful skill to have, you can get by without it if you have a good map and hike on well marked trails. Even then, you do want to develop your map reading skills, particularly those where you figure out your […]

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