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Snowshoeing the McCrillis Path in Spring Snow

This sign should probably tell you to look for blue *and* yellow blazes because they both mark the trail.

The McCrillis Path is a good trail to know about for planning backpacking trips near Mts Whiteface and Passaconaway in the White Mountain’s Sandwich Range. It’s seldom hiked and was closed for many years due to a landowner dispute. It links the Blueberry Ridge Trail which climbs Mt Whiteface, to the …

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9 Expert Stream Crossing Tips

Wait for water to drop to a safer level or find a different crossing point.

Stream crossings can be intimidating for many hikers, even small streams where the consequences of getting wet or falling are minor. But learning to cross small streams forms the foundation for coping with larger streams and rivers, where the consequences of a fall are much higher. Here are some expert …

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Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor Backpack Review

The Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor is a durable backpack that can be resized from 40L to 60L for different types of hiking and backpacking trips.

The Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor is a top-loading, minimalist backpack with a unique top lid and two side water bottle pockets. Designed by National Geographic’s 2007 Adventurer of the Year, Andrew Skurka, its signature feature are volume adjustment straps that let you shrink or expand its capacity from 40L to 60L …

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Gregory Packs Paragon 48 Backpack Review

The Gregory Packs Paragon 48 is an alpine style backpack with a floating top lid and rear mesh pocket.

The Gregory Packs Paragon 48 is a new lightweight, alpine-style backpack designed to fill the void between minimalist ultralight backpacks and the plush and deluxe, monster capacity backpacks that Gregory is known for like the Denali 100 or the Baltoro 85. Weighing 3 pounds (minus an optional rain cover), the Paragon …

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