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Granite Gear Backpacks: How to Choose

Granite Gear backpacks are popular packs for long distance backpacking in the United States and are a common sight on the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail. I really like Granite Gear’s packs because I think they strike an excellent balance between weight and function, many have adjustable length frames and hip belts, and because they’re quite …

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Hydrapak Seeker 3L Soft Water Bottle Review

The Hydrapak Seeker 3L soft bottle has a 42mm opening and graduated measurements printed along the side.

The Hydrapak Seeker 3L is a 100 ounce / 3 liter, soft water bottle that weighs 3.1 ounces empty. The big benefit of using a soft bottle for backpacking is that it can be rolled up and tucked out of the way when it’s not needed.  However, the Seeker 3L is …

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Winter Hike to Gentian Pond and Dream Lake in the Mahoosuc Range

Mt Madison and Mt Adams from Dream Lake

Gentian Pond and Dream Lake are on the Appalachian Trail close to the border between New Hampshire and Maine. They’re fairly remote and off the beaten path, but become extra difficult to access in winter when the Mahoosuc Range, north of Shelburne NH, is buried in snow. This section of the Appalachian …

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Freeze Dried vs. Dehydrated Backpacking Meals and Ingredients

Freeze-dried Berries from Harmony House make a great addition to one-pot backpacking meals

Freeze-dried or dehydrated? That is the question. When making your own backpacking meals is it nobler to buy freeze-dried ingredients or dehydrate them yourself in a food dehydrator? I think it really comes down to how you want to spend your time and how complicated your meals are. I spent one …

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Top 10 Backpacker Recommended Water Filter and Treatment Systems – 2017

Top 10 Backpacker Recommended Water Filter and Treatment Systems

What are the best water filter and purification treatment systems used by backpackers? We asked 565 backpackers whether they preferred filter-based systems, pump water filters, gravity filter systems, chemical purification or purification using an ultraviolet light. Here are their top 10 picks. 1. Sawyer Mini Water Filter System 2. Sawyer Squeeze Water …

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