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Big Agnes Scout 2 Platinum Tent Review

Big Agnes Scout 2 Platinum Tent

The Big Agnes Scout 2 Platinum is a 17 ounce, single wall trekking pole tent designed for three-season use. It has a pup-style, A-frame shape, with side struts that create vertical internal sidewalls for improved livability and ceiling height. While the tent does not have a front vestibule for gear …

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REI Merino Midweight Half-Zip Base Layer Top Review

REI Midweight Merino Half-Zip Base Layer Top Review

REI’s Merino Midweight Half-Zip Base Layer Top is a 200-gram wool base layer available in men’s and women’s sizes.  It falls between Minus 33’s mid-weight Sierra 1/4 Zip (230 gram) and the Minus 33 lightweight (170 gram) 1/4 zip tops, at a comparable price.   However, REI frequently has these on …

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10 Best Winter Hiking Boots of 2019-2020

10 Best Winter Hiking Boots

Winter hiking boots have evolved tremendously over the past 10 years and are now lighter weight and more comfortable than ever before. Gone are the days when you needed to choose between military surplus boots, plastic mountaineering boots, or heavy pac boots to keep your feet warm. Today’s winter boots …

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Man Tracking 101

In Search and Rescue, the main purpose of man tracking is to determine the lost or missing person’s direction of travel, thus reducing the search area in hopes of quickly locating the lost person. This is done by finding their footprints, analyzing them, measuring their stride, and then using that …

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The North Face Venture 2 Rain Jacket Review

The North Face Venture 2 Rain Jacket

The North Face Venture 2 Rain Jacket is a value-priced but fully-featured waterproof/breathable rain jacket that can be used year-round for hiking and backpacking. The Venture 2 has a fully adjustable hood, 8″ long pit zips, velcro wrist cuffs, two side pockets, and an elastic hem adjustment which I consider …

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