Gear Lists

Presidential Range Day Hiking Gear List

Presidential Range Day Hiking Gear List

I’ve found that you need to be on your best game when you venture above treeline in the Presidential Range on Mt Washington and the higher peaks. Whether you’re hiking a Presidential Traverse or just climbing White Mountain 4000 footers, it pays to pack a little extra insulation and familiarize …

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Scotland Coast-to-Coast Backpacking Gear List Explained

Scotland Coast-to-Coast Gear List

I’d planned to backpack coast-to-coast for the third time this May (in the annual TGO Challenge) along a 185 mile route that requires a significant amount of off-trail, cross-country travel. That was before the Covid19 pandemic made travel to the UK ill-advised and impossible. While I hope things return to …

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Packrafting Gear List Explained

Packrafting Gear List Explained

When the snow starts to melt on the high plateaus above the canyon country of Utah, intermittent rivers start to flow, and I start refreshing the USGS site every few hours looking for an upward trend that means it’s time to go boating. Often these rivers flow between February and …

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SectionHiker’s Gear Closet: Backpacks

SectionHiker’s Gear Closet: Backpacks

I have a collection of backpacks that I use for day hiking, backpacking, bushwhacking, winter peak bagging, and fly fishing. Some of them are general-purpose and some are more specialized for the kinds of activities that I enjoy when I’m out of a trip. Over the years, the durability of …

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Lightweight Backpack Hunting Gear List

Lightweight Backpack Hunting Gear Lis

Similar to recreational backpackers, hunters should have a healthy respect for nature and wildlife. However, the preparation and gear used for both activities are notably different. Backpack hunting requires more gear, additional hunter specific skills, and an increased willingness or tenacity to explore the vast off-trail wilderness in pursuit of …

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Recommended Winter Day Hiking Gear List

Recommended winter day hiking gear list

When gearing up for winter day hiking you want footwear, clothing and traction aids that can be used across a fairly wide range of temperatures, wind speeds, sun, precipitation types, and surface conditions. For example, typical winter weather includes: Temperatures: from 40 degrees down to 20 below zero (Fahrenheit) Wind …

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Winter Backpacking Gear List Explained

Winter Backpacking Gear List Explained

Winter backpacking is very different from three season backpacking. It requires more gear, good decision-making, and many new skills. It’s almost like backpacking on a different planet because so many things you take for granted during the rest of the year are different. For example: you need to melt snow …

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Backpacking Survival Gear Checklist

Backpacking Survival Gear Checklist

Backpacking trips and day hikes don’t always go as planned. The weather can change unexpectedly. You can injure yourself and you might come across someone who needs help. Different times of the year can also necessitate carrying different types of survival tools or supplies. While you can technically view all …

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