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Trekking Pole Tent Reliability and Risks

Trekking pole tents use hiking poles for setup instead of dedicated tent poles. While this saves weight, it also introduces an element of risk that is worth considering if one of your trekking poles were to break during a trip. Trekking poles are pretty easy to replace in the Continental …

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Gregory Amber 44 Backpack Review

The Gregory Amber 44 is an adjustable-length women’s backpack that’s large enough for overnight backpacking trips but also suitable for more technical hikes when you need to carry extra gear or layers, such as winter hiking. Weighing just 2 lbs 11 oz, the Amber 44 is sized for a smaller …

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Kammok Firebelly Trail Quilt Review

The Kammok Firebelly Trail Quilt is a 30*F rectangular quilt that can be used as a comforter, a top quilt, or a full-length hammock underquilt. While it’s optimized for use with Kammok’s hammocks, it’s general-purpose enough it can be used with hammocks from other manufacturers or solely for ground use …

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Ursack Minor Critter Bag Review

The Ursack Minor is a Kevlar food storage bag that has a large volume and can protect your food from small animals such as raccoons, fox, squirrels, mice and other critters in the backcountry. Unlike some of the other Ursack products, this one is NOT bear-proof, but the Kevlar fabric …

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Backpacking a Boott Spur Loop

Boott Spur is a 5492′ sub-peak of Mt Washington and forms the southern headwall of Tuckerman Ravine. While it lacks the glamour and popularity of its massive neighbor it’s also a formidable rock pile and major alpine zone crossroads. Boott Spur is also the highest mountain along the Montalban Ridge …

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