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Kelty Redwing 3100 Backpack

The Kelty Redwing 3100 (c.i.) makes a good large day pack if you need to carry a lot of stuff, but it doesn’t have the features or the volume for multi-day backpacking trips. I use mine mainly for leisure travel and going to the beach. Weighing in at only 3 …

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Male Lion Sighted in NY Catskills

Ceasar the Lion on Mt Sugarloaf in the Catskills

Phoenicia, New York April 1, 2008 A spokesperson with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation announced today that a male lion was sighted over the weekend by backpackers on Peakamoose Mountain. Authorities report that the lion escaped a bedroom in Eastern Massachusetts sometime in the past week. Known as …

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The Devil’s Path: Catskills

The Devils Path in the Catskills

The Devil’s Path offers some of the most challenging and beautiful hiking n the Catskills. The trail is 24.75 miles in length and goes over Indian Head (3,573 ft), Twin (3,640 ft), Sugarloaf (3,800 ft), Plateau (3,840 ft) and West Kill (3,880 ft) mountains. Following this ridge line, it also …

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Powerbar Bake-off

Olympia Granola Bar Man

Backpacking food can be really expensive if you buy commercially packaged meals and snacks. Most freeze-dried meals cost $5-8 dollars and powerbars can cost as much as $3.50 each. Your best alternative is to prepare your own meals and snacks or to find prepackaged foods that are easy to cook, …

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Zinc Oxide: A First Aid Kit Essential

Zinc Oxide ointment is a must have item that every hiker needs in their first aid kit. This simple white ointment provides fast relief for chafed skin and diaper rash, also known as monkey butt amongst backpackers. It can be applied as sunblock and helps dry out the oozing and …

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Sleep System Survival Tactics for Staying Warm

Camping in Winter

Have you ever spent a cold night in your sleeping bag  wondering why you are cold when you’re sleeping in a bag that is properly rated for the temperature outside? A lot of backpackers and campers have this problem and blame their sleeping bag for it, when it could be …

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Black Fly Season

Black fly season occurs from mid-March to mid-July in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, north through New York and New England, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and into Southern Canada. Some backpackers, campers, and fishermen avoid outdoor activities during black fly season, but the rest of us soldier on despite the …

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