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My Independence Day

Philip Werner on Mt Chocorua

I quit my corporate job six years ago today. Up till then I’d told myself that I could put up with all the bullshit “for the money,” but it was eroding my soul. I needed to hike my own hike and follow own my moral compass instead of killing myself to …

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Massdrop and How it Benefits Cottage Manufacturers

The price drops when more people sign up for a deal

Massdrop is an online retailer that sells niche products to enthusiasts at a discount. If you’re not familiar with them you should sign up on their website and check out the member deals that they’re offering. They’re one of the few retailers that sell ultralight backpacking gear at a good …

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How to Get Backpacking Gear Sponsorships

Packit Gourmet Sponsorship Application

Backpacking and outdoor gear companies sponsor hikers and other athletes because it’s a very inexpensive form of advertising. The basic formula goes like this: they give you a piece of free gear or a steep discount on purchases you make through them, and you become a walking billboard for their …

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New Years Resolutions – 2016

Happy New Year from SectionHiker

I find it helpful to write a set of New Year’s resolutions each year about the things I want to learn and accomplish during the next 12 months. Since my life and work revolve around hiking, backpacking, camping, and writing, I get to set goals that are both fun and which …

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Car Camping Holiday Gift Guide

Glamour Camping in Africa

If you can’t afford one of REI Adventures 1% Glamour Camping Tours in Africa and need to keep your vacations closer to home, here are some lovely car camping gifts for you and your family to bring a little luxury to next car camping expedition. 1. Snow Peak Pack & Carry Fireplace …

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