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Backpacking a Hancock Notch Lollipop

Dramatic landslide debris in Hancock Notch

When people visit the White Mountains, the two geographic features they remember the most are the mountains and the notches, which are giant mountains passes that link different regions of the area together. When you drive down the narrow two lane roads that snake through Franconia Notch, Crawford Notch, and …

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Gossamer Gear’s “The One” Ultralight Tent Review

The Gossamer Gear One Tent is a spacious, well-ventilated tent with excellent head room and living space.

Gossamer Gear’s “The One” ultralight 1-person tent ($299) is an ultralight, single-walled trekking-pole tent that weighs 21.65 oz. It has a spacious interior that’s a palace for one, with excellent ventilation to help prevent internal condensation. Factory seam-taped, there’s no need to seam seal The One which is made with an …

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White Mountain Guide 30th Edition Review

White Mountain Guide 30th Edition

The Appalachian Mountain Club’s White Mountain Guide is the hiker’s bible for planning day hikes and backpacking trips in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest. People come from all around the world to hike, backpack, climb and train for mountaineering expeditions in “The Whites” which are known for their rugged …

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Arkel Ultralight Dry-lite Waterproof Panniers Review

Arkel's Waterproof Dry-Lite Paniers only weigh 19 oz (per pair) and provide 28L of gear storage

Frame bags or panniers? Those are basically the two options you have for hauling your gear on bikepacking trips. If you prefer panniers, Arkel’s Waterproof Dry-Lite Saddle Bags are hard to beat. Weighing just 19 oz (540 g) per pair, they can hold 28L of gear. Specs at a Glance MSRP …

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Backpacking a Shoal Pond Lollipop

Mount Carrigan looms over Shoal Pond

As I stood there on the shore of Shoal Pond, I realized I couldn’t hear a thing. No motorcycles in the distance or helicopters flying overhead. I couldn’t hear the wind, no ducks quacking, or even the water lapping against the shore. I can’t remember the last time I’d heard …

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