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Eureka Timberline A-frame Tent

Illustrated Tent Terminology Guide

Do you find the jargon and terminology around camping and backpacking tents confusing? This handy illustrated guide helps demystify tent terms and technology, so you can find the tent that best suits your needs. A-Frame Tent Classic pup-style tent patterned after old army tents where the walls form an ‘A’ shape. Eureka makes a lot […]

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In the Two Line Suspension, the line is connected to the tarp using a Dutchware Stingerz. The line is looped around the tree and then secured to the Stingerz antenna.

Hammocks: Continuous Ridgelines or Not?

Many hammock hangers choose a continuous ridgeline for suspending their tarps between two trees. I used this technique after buying a Warbonnet Blackbird hammock and Superfly tarp from a friend who’d set up his tarp suspension system this way, but quickly discarded and replaced it with something much simpler called a  two-line or split-line system using […]

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The Echo II Shelter system is a palace for one person with lots of interior room.

Hyperlight Mountain Gear Echo II Ultralight Shelter System Review

The Hyperlight Mountain Gear Echo II Ultralight Shelter System is a modular tarp shelter system with three components that can be mixed and matched depending on your trip requirements. Made with cuben fiber, it’s also very lightweight enabling it to be used by one or two people with little weight penalty. The Echo II consists of […]

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Permethrin Pre-treated Camping Tents

The outdoor gear company, Wenzel, has started making family camping tents pre-treated with Permethrin, which repels and kill mosquitos and ticks, including those that carry Lyme Disease. I think this is a fantastic development and hope higher-end backpacking tent manufacturers follow Wenzel’s example and start selling backpacking tents that have been pre-treated with Permethrin. It may […]

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A Warbonnet Ridgerunner Double Layer Hammock

What’s Your Hammock Insulation System?

Hammocks are a great alternative to camping on the ground in a tent. You don’t have to worry about finding flat and level ground to pitch a tent, you don’t have to worry about rain flooding your tent at night, or about nasty spiders and snakes crawling into bed with you. If you have two trees […]

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The LL Bean King Pine 4 has a great screened in front vestibule for hanging out in on buggy days.

LL Bean King Pine 4 Tent Review

My wife and I kicked off our car camping season last week with a trip to the Dolly Copp campground at the foot of Mt Madison in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. On this trip, we tried out LL Bean’s King Pine 4 tent, in our seemingly endless quest to find the perfect car […]

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