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Product reviews on backpacking gear.

Forest and Crag by Laura and Guy Waterman

Forest and Crag by Guy and Laura Waterman is considered to be the definitive history of hiking trail development in New England. It chronicles the development of the trail systems we have today in the White Mountains, The Adirondacks, Catskills and Vermont from the days when hiking trails were built …

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Book Review: Ray Mears Essential Bushcraft

Ray Mears Essential Bushcraft - A Handbook of Survival Skills from around the World

You’ll probably never use most of the stuff in Ray Mears Essential Bushcraft: A Handbook of Survival Skills from Around the World, but it is fascinating to see the ingenuity of people from around the world and they utilize nature to increase their self-reliance skills. Bushcraft, as Mears notes provides …

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Book Review: The Backpacker’s Field Manual

The Backpacker's Field Manual by Rick Curtis

The Backpacker’s Field Manual, A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills is still the most complete and readable handbook of backpacking instruction available today. Written by Rick Curtis, Director of Princeton University’s Famous Outdoor Recreation Program, it provides a gear-agnostic approach to the skills and techniques required for enjoyable and safe backcountry …

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Book Review: Bushcraft by Mors Kochanski

Bushcraft by Mors Kochanski

I get tremendous personal satisfaction from learning, practicing, and using my outdoor skills when I go hiking, and it’s become an integral part of every day hike or backpacking trip I take. But there are so many outdoor skills that I am unfamiliar with covered in Mors Kochanski’s classic “Bushcraft”, …

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