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The Real Grandma Gatewood

Grandma Gatewood

Grandma Gatewood is often cited at the first ultralight backpacker because she thru-hiked hiked the Appalachian Trail using a shower curtain as a shelter with only 12 pounds of gear. I doubt that’s the reason for her success. More than anything, she was a survivor, whose story has lessons for …

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Reader Poll: Best Trail Guidebooks?

Hiking Guidebook Authors Guest Post Series

Great hiking trail guidebooks can open a new world up for novice and experienced hikers who need a little bit of help coming up with good day hike or backpacking trip ideas. What are your favorite hiking trail guidebooks? Example Entries The North Country Trail by Ron Strickland. AMC’s Best Backpacking in …

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Lens-Pen: Nikon Lens Cleaning System

Nikon Lens Cleaner

My photography got a lot better this year, in part because I got a better camera, a Panasonic Lumix LX3 with a Leica Lens and because I really started to pay more attention to composition. But with more sophisticated equipment, I paid a lot more attention to keeping my lens …

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Ultralight Glasses Case

When I was first getting into lightweight backpacking, I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to create an ultralight protective case for my glasses to avoid crushing them at night. I tried everything: from water and soft drink bottles, tupperware butter dishes, all kinds of small boxes, packing tubes, …

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AWOL on the Appalachian Trail – Book Review

David Miller on Mount Katahdin

A new updated edition of David Miller’s classic Appalachian Trail memoir, AWOL on the Appalachian Trail will be available on October 18th, 2010. Published by Amazon Encore, it will be available in paperback and as a Kindle edition. I’ve just finished reading an advanced reviewer’s copy and AWOL is still …

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Hike Your Own Hike by Francis Tapon

Despite its title, Hike Your Own Hike, is not just another Appalachian Trail memoir. It’s a book about applying the lessons of the trail to everyday life and giving yourself the freedom to be happy. Anyone who’s backpacked for a few hundred miles comes to realize that you can get …

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Trekking the Southern Appalachians

I was going through my hiking bookshelves the other day and I came across Trekking The Southern Appalachians published by Backpacker Magazine. I don’t remember every buying it and anything published by Backpacker Magazine is, well, suspect. Boy, was I ever surprised when I started leafing through this book! This …

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Dan Doan and the 50 Hikes Series

Dan Doan. There’s a name I haven’t heard in a long time. I came across a few of his hiking guides on Sunday as I was going through my bookshelves, weeding out books I haven’t used in a long time, for donation to our local library. When I was getting …

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Best Digital Photography Book

Digital Photography

Learning Photography I moved beyond point-and-shoot cameras this year and bought a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3, a much more powerful camera, though still a step down from a full DSLR. It is optimized for taking photos in low light conditions, at sunrise and sunset, when the light is the best for …

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