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Winter Attempt to Mount Whiteface and East Sleeper

The Downes Brook Trail requires nine stream crossings and is not for the faint of heart in winter on a warm day

Climbing Mt Whiteface and its neighbor East Sleeper via the Downes Brook Trail is not your typical winter route. Running 5.2 miles and requiring 10 stream crossings to the Sleeper Trail junction linking Whiteface to East Sleeper, it would have been a long approach had we made it. But we …

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Silky POCKETBOY Folding Hand Saw Review

The Silky Saw POCKETBOY Folding Saw weighs just 6.2 ounces and is ideal for pruning or campfire prep

The Silky Saw POCKETBOY is a compact folding hand saw that is ideal for campfire prep on backpacking trips when you want to process small branches for kindling or fuel. It folds up tiny and comes with a plastic protective belt case which it worth carrying if only to avoid …

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NEMO Tensor Insulated 20S Mummy Sleeping Pad Review

NEMO Tensor Insulated Mummy Sleeping Pad is only 48 long and weighs 10.1 ounces

The NEMO Tensor Insulated Mummy Sleeping Pad is a short (48″) and lightweight inflatable sleeping pad, only weighing 10.1 ounces (286 grams) on the SectionHiker digital scale (0.6 oz over mfg’s published weight.) Insulated with Primaloft, NEMO rates its comfort zone from 15F to 25F /-9 to -4C. Why sleep …

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Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL 2 Person Tent Review

The Fly Creek HV UL 2 has steeper walls providing more interior volume and comfort.

The Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL 2 is the latest generation of ultralight Fly Creek line of tents, boasting increased interior volume by using a steeper door and side walls. How significant is the change and what other improvements have been made to this backpacker favorite? Gear Weight vs …

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Petzl e+LITE Headlamp Review (50 Lumens) – 2017

The updated Petzl e+LITE (left) is twice as bright as it's predecessor but still only weighs 26 grams including its integrated stand, elastic head strap and plastic whistle.

The new and improved Petzl e+LITE ultralight, ultra-compact headlamp is twice as bright as the earlier version and comes with a more comfortable elastic head-strap, emergency whistle, swivel stand and plastic protective case, all standard. Still powered by two CR2032 batteries, the upgraded e+LITE provides 50 lumens of light (up …

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