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Simple Fly Fishing? Anything But

Simple Fly Fishing

Simple Fly Fishing: Techniques for Tenkara and Rod and Reel is a beautiful coffee table book full of gorgeous trout photos, exotic fly fishing locations and anecdotal stories about fly fishing with the world’s greatest fishing guides. The authors, Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia Inc, Craig Mathews, Mauro Mazzo, and …

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Gear Closet: Backpacks and Packing Accessories

Gear Closet Backpacks and Packing Accessories

I have a small set of backpacks that I use for 4 season hiking and backpacking. Over the years, the durability of my backpacks has become even more important to me than their weight, because I like to keep gear I really like for a long time and use it …

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Bikepacking for Backpackers

Bikepacking for Backpackers

Bikepacking, essentially backpacking with a bike, is a great way to explore backcountry destinations that can’t be reached by hiking trails or are closed to cars and trucks. Want to climb a remote peak that no one’s climbed? Photograph wild animals in their natural habitat? Or discover a wild trout stream that’s …

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Platypus Meta Bottle + Microfilter 1.0L Review

The Meta Bottle + Microfilter consists of a soft bottle, filter, and screw-on-top

The Platypus Meta Bottle + Microfilter ($49.95) is a bottle-based water filter that lets you safely filter backcountry water sources, removing bacteria and protozoa, including Giardia and Cryptosporidium. The unit includes a one liter flexible bottle, a hollow fiber water filter, and a screw-on top. But don’t make the mistake of writing …

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