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Grandma Gatewood

The Real Grandma Gatewood

Grandma Gatewood is often cited at the first ultralight backpacker because she thru-hiked hiked the Appalachian Trail using a shower curtain as a shelter with only 12 pounds of gear, I doubt that’s the reason for her success. More than anything, she was a survivor, who’s story has lessons for us all. The real Grandma […]

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Outdoor Herbivore Lickety Split Lentils

10 Outdoor Herbivore No Cook Meals

I have been experimenting with no cook backpacking meals from Outdoor Herbivore for the past six weeks to see if I want to bring them on a big backpacking trip I have slated for this year. I’ve been burned by bringing food that I haven’t tried at home on trips beforehand, so it’s worth my […]

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La Sportiva Ultra-Raptors - Trail Runners

Switching to La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Trail Runners

I’ve switched to La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Trail Runners for three season hiking. These are fantastic shoes for hiking and backpacking in mountainous terrain where you need excellent traction and protection for your feet but don’t want to lug around the weight of a heavy leather boot. I switched from Inov-8 trail runners to La Sportiva […]

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GSI Outdoors Halulite Minimalist Cookset (stove not included)

GSI Outdoors Halulite Minimalist Cookset Review

GSI Outdoor’s Halulite Minimalist Cookset integrates everything you need for rehydrating cook-in-the-pouch, freezer-bag meals. or making hot drinks in an impressively small footprint. Consisting of a 0.6 liter anodized aluminum pot, sip lid, insulation sleeve, pot grippers, and telescoping “foon,” the Minimalist weighs a miserly 6.3 ounces and is entirely self-contained when packed, taking up very […]

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Montane Minimus Smock Rain Shell

Montane Minimus Smock Hard Shell Review

The Montane Minimus Smock is an incredibly lightweight pullover style, waterproof breathable hard shell weighing just 5.7 ounces in a size XL. Made out of 15 and 40 denier Pertex Shield+, the Minimus Smock is so lightweight that it feels like you are wearing a wind shirt, although it can serve double duty as a waterproof, […]

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Mystery Ranch Wet Ribs

Mystery Ranch Wet Ribs: The Hiker’s Office

Mystery Ranch’s Wet Ribs are a backpack accessory pocket that connects to your packs shoulder straps and hangs on the front of your chest or ribs while hiking. It has a large zippered pocket perfect for storing snacks, a map, a camera, hat, glove liners, and other small incidentals that you want easy access to, as […]

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