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Climbing Mt Madison via the Howker Ridge Trail

Great Hikes: Mt Madison via The Howker Ridge Trail

There are many trails leading to Mount Madison (5366′), the fifth highest 4000 footer in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and a pyramid-shaped peak of astonishing beauty and grandeur. The easternmost peak in the fearsome Northern Presidentials, it has clear views of neighboring Mt Adams, Mt Jefferson, and Mt Washington, as well as the cavernous Great Gulf Valley […]

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Sierra Designs Rain Chaps

Sierra Designs Elite Rain Chaps

If you’re going to buy Sierra Design’s Elite Rain Chaps, you’re going to want to buy them together with Sierra Design’s Cagoule Jacket – they should really be sold together as a set. The rain chaps alone are insufficient for rain protection unless used with a long trench-like hiking rain coat, like the Cagoule, or a rain […]

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The Exped Lightning 60 can haul a lot of gear

Exped Lightning 60 Backpack Review

The Exped Lightning 60 Backpack is a four season multi-sport backpack that’s equally at home on the long trail, hauling climbing gear to the local crag, or pulling a pulk in the backcountry. Featuring an adjustable torso, full body compression, and numerous external attachment points, the 41 ounce ( 2 lbs 9 ounce) Lightning 60 […]

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Ray Mears Essential Bushcraft - A Handbook of Survival Skills from around the World

Book Review: Ray Mears Essential Bushcraft

You’ll probably never use most of the stuff in Ray Mears Essential Bushcraft: A Handbook of Survival Skills from Around the World, but it is fascinating to see the ingenuity of people from around the world and they utilize nature to increase their self-reliance skills. Bushcraft, as Mears notes provides us with a way to […]

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Red hot glow of a MSR Whisperlite Stove melting snow on full power

MSR Whisperlite White Gas Stove: An Enduring Classic

The MSR Whisperlite Stove was introduced in 1984 and is still the best liquid fuel stove you can buy for group camping, backpacking, and winter mountaineering. Preferred by professional guides and  expedition leaders, the fuel efficiency, reliability, and field repairability of the MSR Whisperlite make it a go-to stove on any group trip, including winter trips where snow […]

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