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Camping Hammock Length and Comfort: How to Choose

If you’re thinking about buying a camping hammock or looking to upgrade, the length of a gathered-end hammock can make a big difference in your comfort. The 4 foot rule Most hammock experts recommend getting a hammock that is 4 feet longer than your height so you can lie nearly …

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Enter for a Chance to Win a FREE REI Dash 2 UL Tent

REI Dash 2

The REI Dash 2 Ultralight Tent isn’t made anymore, but it was the lightest weight tent that REI ever manufactured, weighing just 2 pounds and 7 ounces.  I have a near mint one in my gear review closet I’d like to give away to a good home. The Dash 2 …

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How Much Water Do You Need for Day Hiking?

Water for Day Hiking

It’s important to bring water with you when you go day hiking to replace the fluid you lose to perspiration, help keep you more alert and flush waste products out of your body.  Not bringing enough water can lead to discomfort, while bringing too much can slow you down. How …

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Backpacking Footwear Selection for Spring Conditions

April 22, 2017 - Spring backpacking trip where I chose to wear insulated boots and gaiters

What is the right footwear for spring conditions: winter hiking boots or trail runners? When can you switch between the two? There is a point where avoiding frostbite trumps lightweight footwear and wearing insulated boots still makes sense. Knowing when to choose between them requires understanding: where is the snow …

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Tarptent Bowfin 1P Tent Review

The Tarptent Bowfin 1 is a one person, double-walled tent that weighs 37 ounces

The Tarptent Bowfin ($309) is a 1 person double-walled tent with two large, well-ventilated vestibules that weighs 37 ounces. It requires a long but lightweight center pole to pitch, making it remarkably fast and easy to set up. It comes with a mesh inner tent that has plenty of interior space for …

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