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Granite Gear Crown 2 – 60L Backpack Review

Granite Gear Crown 2 60L Backpack on the New Hampshire Appalachian Trail

The Granite Gear Crown 2 Backpack is a roll-top, multi-day backpack with an optional top lid pocket. An upgrade to the first generation V.C. Crown 60 backpack (See Best Ultralight Backpacks), this new model includes large zippered hip belt pockets, an optional top lid, and adjustable-length hip belt. These are all …

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Bushwhacking Fisher Mountain in Winter

Climbing the western ledges on Fisher Mountain

“Fisher Mountain is the best little peak that no one’s ever heard of” said my friend Ken. West of famous Welch-Dickey Mountain Loop, Fisher Mountain is an easy bushwhack up the old Dickey Notch Trail, now renamed and signed as a mountain biking route. A favorite of Ken’s, we attempted to …

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How to Pack a Hiking Backpack for International Plane Travel

International Backpacking Plane Travel

If you plan to go hiking or backpacking in a foreign country or travel out-of-state by plane, here are 10 packing tips to help guarantee that your backpacking gear does not get lost, destroyed by luggage handlers, stolen, or confiscated by airport security. 1. Don’t Check Luggage Pack light, pack small …

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Marmot Precip Rain Jacket Review

The Marmot Precip is the most popular backpacking rain jacket today

The Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket is the most popular rain jacket today with good reason: it’s a fully featured waterproof breathable rain jacket that provides excellent performance at a reasonable price, usually available under $100. (See: Top 10 Backpacker Rain Jackets) Besides the price, one of PreCip’s best features is the …

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