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Suunto M3 D/L Compass

Suunto M-3 D Declination Adjustable Compass

The Suunto M-3 D Compass is a baseplate style adventure compass with a declination adjustment that is optimized for use in forested or mountainous terrain where you can rarely see your destination. I’ve been using mine for 4 years, ever since I became really interested in off-trail hiking and navigation and started teaching those skills as […]

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The Boreas Gear Lost Coast 60 is a lightweight alpine style backpack suitable for multi-day backpacking and adventure travel.

Boreas Lost Coast 60 Backpack Review

The Boreas Gear Lost Coast 60 Backpack is an internal-frame backpack suitable for multi-day backpacking trips and adventure travel. With a lively color pallette, the Lost Coast is a very comfortable, stylish, and streamlined technical backpack that will appeal to hikers who want one pack for backcountry adventure and more urban endeavors. While the Lost Coast is a […]

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Bear Poles eliminated the need for an Ursack in Shenandoah National Park as long as I camped at shelters.

Ursack Bear-Proof Bear Bags now sold by REI

If you hate hanging a bear bag at night to protect your backpacking food and prevent a bear from visiting your tent at night, and local backcountry regulations don’t require the use of a hard sided bear canister, I recommend getting yourself an Ursack bear-proof bear bag. I’ve been using one since 2008 and it’s […]

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The MSR Flylite is a Trekking Pole Tent with a boxy shape

MSR FlyLite 2 Person Trekking Pole Backpacking Tent Review

The MSR FlyLite is a lightweight, 1 pound 12 ounce, single-wall trekking pole tent that sleeps two comfortably. With vertical side walls and mesh windows that provide excellent interior livability and cross-ventilation, the new FlyLite is perfect for base camp style camping and backpacking at established campsites in fair weather, but its boxy shape and large footprint […]

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