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North Doublehead Cabin

Hiking North and South Doublehead

North and South Doublehead are two picturesque mountains located just outside Jackson, New Hampshire, on the eastern edge of the White Mountain National Forest. They’re moderate peaks to climb with special interest to skiers, because one of the trails on North Doublehead is a backcountry ski trail. North Doublehead also has a cabin at the summit that sleeps eight […]

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Types of Stuff Sacks: Compression Sack, Roll Top Dry Sack, and a Draw String Stuff Sack

Sleeping Bag Stuff Sack Size Guide

Stuff sacks are an important part of any hiker’s or backpacker’s packing system. Unfortunately, most of the stuff sacks that manufacturers include with their sleeping bags are just awful in terms reducing volume or quality and you’re better off buying a better one.  The purpose of this article is to review the best stuff sack types […]

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Big Agnes Third Pitch Hooded Down Jacket

Big Agnes Third Pitch Hooded Down Jacket Review

Big Agnes has emerged as a leading manufacturer of down jackets over the past two years, bringing their know-how with down insulation, hood design, and lightweight fabrics to the challenge of designing high performance insulated apparel for front-country and backcountry use. Big Agnes’ newest down jacket, the Third Pitch Hooded DownTek Jacket, is an ultralight marvel that is […]

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Pre-emptive shoegoo toecaps on La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Trail Runners

Hiking Gear Casualties and Deaths, 2013-2014

Hiking in New England is really rough on gear and I go through many rolls of Tenacious Tape and tubes of Shoegoo every year to repair my favorite backpacking and mountaineering gear, outdoor clothing, and electronics when they are damaged or wear out. If you don’t try to extend the lifespan of your gear today, you’d be amazed how far […]

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Two-way communication with Search and Rescue

DeLorme inReach Explorer Satellite Communicator Review

The DeLorme inReach Explorer is a satellite communicator and GPS tracking device that sends and receive text messages, can send an SOS message for help, and track your route and GPS waypoints, even when you are out of range of cell phone towers and wireless networks. I’ve been using one since late summer on all of […]

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Dressed like a pirate - in the Sierra Designs Better Vest

Sierra Designs DriDown Better Vest

The Sierra Designs DriDown Better Vest is a 7.3 ounce down vest (size men’s XL) that has short sleeves to eliminate the body heat that is bellowed out of vests with traditional arm holes. Insulated with 800 fill power DriDown, the Better Vest has stretch fabric panels running down its sides and under the arms so that […]

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