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Granite Gear V.C. Crown 60 Backpack

Which Granite Gear Backpack is Right for You?

Granite Gear backpacks are popular packs for long distance backpacking in the United States and are a common sight on the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trails. I really like Granite Gear’s packs because I think they strike an excellent balance between weight and function, many have adjustable frames, and because they’re quite affordable, which is a rare quality these days if […]

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The Therm-a-Rest Technical Blanket can be attached to a sleeping pad and has a drawstring around the neck to seal in warmth.

Technical Camping Blankets from Nemo and Therm-a-Rest

Before sleeping bags became popular, backpackers and campers used to sleep outdoors with wool blankets. Some still do. But for warm weather camping, there’s definitely something to be said for using a blanket filled with synthetic insulation rather than a more constrictive sleeping bag or liner. In addition to providing all the comforts of home, synthetic […]

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Fly Fishing Small Streams by John Gierach

Fly Fishing Small Streams by John Gierach

If you’re a fly fisherman, John Gierach’s name will be a familiar one. The author of many fly fishing books including: All Fishermen are Liars Trout Bum No Shortage of Good Days Even Brook Trout Get the Blues Gierach’s amusing and witty narratives are full of hard-won fishing knowledge that is relevant for beginners and experts, […]

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The Western Mountaineering Flash Jacket has a non adjustable hood with elastic piping around the hood and waist seal out the cold without cordlocks.

Western Mountaineering Hooded Flash Jacket Review by Martin Rye

The Western Mountaineering Hooded Flash Jacket has been a constant favorite in my pack since 2010. It is a lightweight down jacket made for moderate temperatures where a high performance/low weight insulation layer is required. Western Mountaineering is a USA based company famed for their superb sleeping bags. As I have used this jacket now on […]

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