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How to Follow a Trail: Blazes and Trail Anatomy

Trail Blaze Patterns

When the pilots of small aircraft fly in clear weather, they often orient themselves by referring to visible landmarks like roads, buildings, or obvious terrain features rather than flying by navigation instruments. They can still refer to their instruments if they’re uncertain about their heading or the outside visibility deteriorates, …

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Best Backpacking Cook Pots: Titanium, Aluminum, or Stainless Steel?

Best Backpacking Cook Pot

Backpacking cook pots are available in titanium, aluminum, and stainless steel but there are significant differences in the cost, performance, and durability between them. What are the pros and cons of each material and other factors that you should consider when choosing a backpacking and camping cook pot? Titanium Backpacking …

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REI Co-op Cycles Soft-Shell Pants Review

Reflective strips along the sides of the legs and back of the calfs increase your visibility

REI’s Co-Op Cycles Soft Shell Pants (men’s and women’s) are a wind-resistant, double weave soft-shell pant that’s good for cold weather riding. They’re quite warm, with a brushed interior that makes them extremely comfortable to wear even when I’m not sitting on bicycle seat. While they’re quite similar to the soft shell …

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Thirteen Falls Backpacking Loop Attempt

From the Garfield summit. The Garfield Trail cotinues past the summit and climbs up the north should of Mt Lafayette on the Franconia Ridge

Late autumn/early winter conditions are notoriously tricky to forecast in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and you need to be willing to modify or abort your trip plans when conditions on the ground don’t meet your expectations. I found myself in that situation the day after Thanksgiving (11/23/17), on a late …

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KS Ultralight Gear Alpisack Backpack Review

The Alpisack without the optional top lid, packed at maximum capacity.

The KS Ultralight Alpisack is a 50L frameless backpack weighing 21 oz. While it can be used year-round, it has a few special features that also make it suitable for climbing, snowshoeing, skiing, and winter hiking. Being frameless, it can’t carry much more than 20-25 pounds of gear, water, food, …

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