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Gen Shimizu, founder of Yama Mountain Gear, fabricating a cuben fiber shelter in his workshop

Yama Mountain Gear Factory Tour

Calling Yama Mountain Gear’s digs in Charlottesville, Virginia a factory might be an overstatement, but not for long. Founded by gear guru and long distance hiker Gen Shimizu, Yama Mountain Gear is poised for rapid expansion into the burgeoning lightweight backpacking and fast packing market with a remarkable product pipeline full of innovative new ideas and product […]

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Out of Stock Backpacking Gear

Backpacking Boom or Bust?

“Backpacking and camping gear is flying off the shelves this year”, said a store manager I know who works at a major outdoor retailer. “We haven’t seen anything like this since the 70’s,” the last time that backpacking was popular in the United States. Has the economy improved or are people so inspired by the movie “Wild” that backpacking […]

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Google Express Triple Crown Drone

Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Google Express Launch Air-Drop Airborne Drone Resupply Service on Appalachian Trail

Forget mail drops. In an effort to relieve trail town and post office congestion, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Google Express have launched a new resupply initiative using cargo drones called Air-Drops, so that thru-hikers can resupply on the Appalachian Trail without having to come into towns. The new Google Express service will deliver food […]

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Packit Gourmet Sponsorship Application

How to Get Backpacking Gear Sponsorships

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 brand, endorsing their product on […]

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following atticus

10 Great Outdoor Adventure Books For Hikers

1. Following Atticus by Tom Ryan Tom Ryan’s inspiring tale of how he and his miniature schnauzer companion, the “Little Buddha” Atticus M. Finch, attempted to scale all forty-eight of New Hampshire’s four thousand foot White Mountains twice in the dead of winter. 2. A Million Steps by Kurt Koontz Part diary, part travelogue, A […]

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Appalachian Trail Sign

New Years Resolutions for 2015

I find it helpful to write down 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 I think will be […]

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