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The LuxuryLite Ultralite Cot in Use

Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot Review

The Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot is designed for campers, backpackers, fisherman, or kayakers who need more back support than they can get from a foam or inflatable sleeping pad, prefer to sleep up off the ground, or want a cooler sleeping system for camping in hot weather. The UltraLite version of the LuxuryLite Cot reviewed here is significantly […]

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Randolph Paths Guidebook and Waterproof Map

The Randolph Paths Guidebook and Waterproof Map

I’ve been exploring many of the trails in the White Mountains North Country this summer, including those maintained by the Randolph Mountain Club (RMC) which maintains the trail systems immediately north and south of Rt 2 in the Northern Presidentials (Mts Madison, Adams, and Jefferson), the Crescent Range, and the Randolph Community Forest. If you […]

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Good-to-Go Gourmet Dehydrated Meals

Good-to-Go Gourmet Dehydrated Camping Meals

Good-to-Go is a new gourmet camping food company that’s on a mission to create the best tasting and nutritious dehydrated camping meals available today. Based in Maine, they bring a Down Home sensibility to their dehydrated meals which are gluten-free and available as vegetarian or pescatarian entrees. My wife and I tried three Good-to-Go meals this […]

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Granite Gear Virga 2 Backpack Review

The Granite Gear Virga 2 is a 54 liter ultralight backpack that is lightweight even by today’s standards. Weighing just 1 pound and 3 ounces (19 ounces) it is truly frameless, without even a foam back pad behind the shoulder straps. Despite its low weight, the Virga 2 is a fully featured Granite Gear backpack […]

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Stuff sacks with draw strings compress much smaller than stuff sacks with roll top closures, especially for items like quilts.

Zpacks.com Cuben Fiber Stuff Sacks

Upgrading your stuff sacks to ultralight cuben fiber stuff sacks is often overlooked as a way to reduce your pack weight, but it can have a huge impact if you use heavier waterproof stuff sacks or compression sacks today. I switched to cuben fiber stuff sacks this spring because a lot of my older silnylon stuff […]

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Petzl E+Lite Headlamp

Petzl e+Lite Headlamp Review

I think the Petzl e+Lite Headlamp is the best headlamp ever made. I’ve been using it this hiking and backpacking season and it is by far the easiest to use headlamp I’ve ever owned. The thing I like best about the Petzl e+Lite it is its self-documenting selector switch. When you move it from one position to the next, […]

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