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Winter Traction and When to Wear It

Wearing Crampons on the Welch-Dickey Ledges

Winter hikers use three different kinds of traction devices in winter: microspikes, mountaineering crampons, and snowshoes. Microspikes and mountaineering crampons are used to provide traction on ice and packed snow while snowshoes are mainly used to provide flotation on top of loose unconsolidated snow.  However, putting on microspikes, mountaineering crampons, or …

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Ultralight Bivy Sack Guide

Mountain Laurel Designs Superlight Bivy Sack

Ultralight bivy sacks are used by backpackers using floorless shelters to protect their sleeping bag or quilt from moisture and their head from biting insects, as a kind of substitute for the inner tent that you find in more conventional double wall tent setups. They’re basically sleeping bag covers with a waterproof floor that have …

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