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Car Camping

Ultralight Car Camping

Admit it. Sometimes you pack up all of your expensive ultralight backpacking gear and go car camping so you can practice using it and still have the option to drive to a motel in case it starts to rain. :-) Seriously, trying out your ultralight gear or any backpacking gear in a more controlled car […]

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Chipmunk in a Tree

Solo Hiking and Backpacking

I do my share of solo hiking and backpacking. It’s not for everyone, but I enjoy the added self-reliance required. All of the decisions are mine alone to make. There are no social distractions, enabling a deeper connection to the forest and landscape around me. Increasingly, I wander off trail on many hikes to seek […]

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Esbit alcohol stove and cap

Ultralight Backpacking Stoves

Lightweight and ultralight backpackers have a lot of different options available when it comes to picking an ultralight backpacking and camping stove. Here are the pros and cons of using alcohol stoves, canister stoves, solid fuel stoves, wood stoves, and just going stoveless. Alcohol Stoves Alcohol stoves are popular with ultralight backpackers and thru-hikers because […]

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Chlorox Bleach is an inexpensive way to purify backcountry water sources commonl used by long distance backpackers

Household Items that Double as Backpacking Gear

If you want to save money on backpacking gear, there are a lot of everyday items lying around your house that you can use. The only limit is your imagination! For example: Trash Compactor Bags – Line the inside of your backpack with a trash compactor bag instead of using a backpack cover. These plastic […]

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Late Autumn Hike in the White Mountains

Autumn Hiking Gear List Extras

The late autumn hiking season from late October through November is a notoriously fickle time of year when shorter days and unpredictable weather require a higher level of preparedness on day hikes and bushwhacks. It’s a great time to hike with no bugs and the leaves off the trees, but if you get caught out […]

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Zpacks Hexamid

Ultralight Backpacking Tents and Shelters

In first part of this series (How to Choose an Ultralight Tent or Shelter: Part 1), I explained why the livability, adaptability, and skills required to use different types of ultralight shelters are critical to picking the right shelter for your needs. In this part, I go into more depth about the advantages and disadvantages of […]

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