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Types of Stuff Sacks: Compression Sack, Roll Top Dry Sack, and a Draw String Stuff Sack

Sleeping Bag Stuff Sack Size Guide

Stuff sacks are an important part of any hiker’s or backpacker’s packing system. Unfortunately, most of the stuff sacks that manufacturers include with their sleeping bags are just awful in terms reducing volume or quality and you’re better off buying a better one.  The purpose of this article is to review the best stuff sack types […]

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when you'd rather stare at mountains in the distance than watch TV

You Know You’re a Hiker When….

I confess. It’s all true. You know you’re a hiker when… when you look at a bar of chocolate in the store and put it back because it doesn’t have enough calories. when you measure everything in your life in liters and grams. when you can accurately judge your mileage after walking all day. when your […]

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Northeast Peakbagging List Patches

Northeast Peakbaggers Gift Guide

The most popular form of hiking in the northeastern United States is peakbagging, usually done as days hikes, where hikers set out to climb different mountains on the White Mountain 4000 footer list, the Adirondack 46ers, or the Catskill 3500s. While not as high elevation as their west coast counterparts, hiking in the northeast is far […]

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10 Life Hacks For Hikers and Backpackers

If you’ve been smitten by hiking and all you can think about is your next trip, it’s time to rearrange your life to maximize your hiking time. Here are a few hiking and backpacking hacks to help you on your way. 1. Replace your entire wardrobe with hiking clothes. If putting on your hiking clothes helps […]

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Campfire on a Cool Autumn Night

Reader Poll: What’s in Your Fire Making Kit?

I always carry a small fire-making kit when I go hiking. It contains a Light My Fire firesteel that can generate sparks and a small sandwich bag with vaseline smeared cotton balls as tinder that light easily and will burn for a few minutes, long enough to get the small sticks in my fire to stay lit. I […]

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