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How to Buy a Hard Shell Jacket for Winter Hiking

Hiking Hard Shells: When selecting a hard shell for winter hiking you want an adjustable hood, hip-belt compatible pockets and adjustable wrist

Hard Shell Jackets are best used in winter conditions as a windproof clothing layer and an extension of your packing system, with lots of pockets that provide easy access to gloves, hats, snacks, and navigation instruments so you don’t have to stop and take bone chilling rest breaks. While hard …

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Hiking a Mt Flume and Mt Liberty Loop

Mt Flume

Mt Flume and Mt Liberty are the two southernmost 4000 footers on the southern end of Franconia Ridge. Sometimes called “Fliberty”, they’re frequently hiked together in a loop since they’re only separated by a 1.2 mile walk along the top of the ridge. Of the two, Liberty gets the most …

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Black Diamond Beta Light Tarp Review

Black Diamond Beta Light Tent

The Black Diamond Beta Light is a single wall, ultralight tarp shelter that weighs 19 oz. It’s also a very affordable ultralight shelter, with an MSRP of just $200, making it an excellent value if you’re trying to save money. The Beta Light has single front zippered door and a …

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Bikepacking 10 Essentials

Bikepacking 10 Essentials

Bikepacking is gaining popularity with more and more backpackers because a bike can take you farther and faster into backcountry areas that are inaccessible on foot. Bikepacking also lets you use all of your existing backpacking gear and get even more value out of it. Like backpacking, there are 10 essential …

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Cold Cold World Chaos Backpack Review

The Cold Cold World Chaos is a frameless 60L climbing pack ideal for winter backpacking and mountaineering

Cold Cold World is a small cottage manufacturer in New Hampshire’s White Mountains that specializes in making climbing and mountaineering backpacks. They’re world-famous in climbing circles for making high-function, durable backpacks. The 66L Cold Cold World Chaos is a frameless alpine backpack, weighing 3 lbs 12 oz (3 lb 8 …

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