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Campfire 2.0: Solo Stove Bonfire Fire Pit Review

Toasting marshmallows over a Solo Stove Bonfire is a lot more appealing than the dirty, rusty fire pits found in most campgrounds.

The Solo Stove Bonfire Fire Pit is not a substitute for a real backcountry campfire, but it is a vast improvement over making a fire in the rusty fire grates and barbecues you find at national parks and state-run campgrounds. You can also use it at home to have a …

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Backcountry Exploration with Delorme Gazetteers

Car Copies of Delorme Gazetteers

I keep several map books in my car for the different states that I hike and backpack in, called Gazetteers.¬†They’re published by a company called Delorme (recently acquired by Garmin) and contain detailed maps of each state including all of the paved and unpaved roads, seasonal roads, gated fire roads, …

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Bikepacking and Bikefishing the Swift Diamond River

Bikepacking in the 2nd College Grant owned by Dartmouth College

My buddy Ken and I took a three day bikepacking and bikefishing trip into a conservation area called the Second College Grant in Northern New Hampshire, about 65 miles north of the White Mountain National Forest. It has two excellent trout rivers in it full of native brook trout, the …

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REI Flash 45 Backpack Review

The Flash 45 has two tiers of compression, both diagonal to help pull the load closer to your center of gravity

The REI Flash 45 (2017) is a lightweight backpack with an adjustable, ventilated frame that’s perfect for weekend backpacking trips or more technical day hikes. Weighing just 2 lbs 14 oz in a size L, (a women’s specific version is also available) it’s a surprisingly comfortable and functional backpack capable …

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