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Pitching a Winter Tent on Snow

Winter Tent

If you’re properly prepared, camping in winter is a lot of fun. But pitching a tent in winter, particularly on snow, requires some different gear and technique. The first thing you need to focus on is site selection: make sure that you are not in an avalanche zone. Next, find …

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Fording a River

Fording a River

Here’s a great sequence of photos that illustrates good river crossing technique. The two gentlemen pictured here are a father and son, named John and Matt, that I met on my 100 mile wilderness hike on the Maine Appalachian Trail last month. John is a carpenter by trade who lives …

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