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Backpacking and Adventure Books for Vacation Reading

The dog days of summer (when it’s so devastatingly hot that the dogs lie around and pant all day) are a great time to take it easy at the camp site and catch up on your summer reading with a cool drink in hand. Here are a few books that I plan on reading this week up […]

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Outdoor Retailer is always a far out experience with over 1000 outdoor manufacturers demonstrating products to industry insiders, one to two years before they become availble to consumers.

Outdoor Retailer Trade Show Highlights – Summer 2015

I spent three days last week in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Outdoor Retailer Trade Show, a twice annual exhibition where manufacturer meet retail buyers and the press to show them new products and product prototypes which will be available to consumers anywhere from six months to two years in the future. With over 1000 […]

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Learning How to Navigate with a Compass

Advanced Notice: AMC Compass and Off-Trail Navigation Class

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to use a compass for off-trail navigation, I’ll be co-teaching an Appalachian Mountain Club Compass and Off Trail Navigation Course on Friday September, 25, 2015 – Sunday, September 27, 2015, with Grid-finisher Joe Comuzzi, who’s been teaching this class for some 30 years, and taught me. The class […]

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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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