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How to Find a Good Backpacking Campsite

How to find a good campsite

Selecting a comfortable tent site is a useful skill for all backpackers, regardless of whether you set up camp in a designated camping area or if you stealth camp in a natural, unprepared site. Here are some of the things that I look for when I’m evaluating different campsite locations: …

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Presidential Range Day Hiking Gear List

Presidential Range Day Hiking Gear List

I’ve found that you need to be on your best game when you venture above treeline in the Presidential Range on Mt Washington and the higher peaks. Whether you’re hiking a Presidential Traverse or just climbing White Mountain 4000 footers, it pays to pack a little extra insulation and familiarize …

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Ultralight Backpacking Bug Shelter Primer

Ultralight backpacking bug shelter primer

There are three different types of ultralight bug shelters suitable for cowboy camping, sleeping in a lean-to, or underneath a flat tarp: Bivy Sacks Bug Bivies Net Tents While they’re all similar in certain respects, they have distinct differences, pros, and cons. While bivy sacks are confining, they provide excellent …

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What is a Breakaway Backpack?

What is a breakaway backpack?

A breakaway backpack is a fairly recent innovation for external frame backpacks that lets you overload your pack by inserting gear in between the frame and the pack bag. While originally developed for hunters to haul meat, it is useful for anyone who has to carry a heavy or awkwardly …

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When is a Child Ready For Their Own Tent?

When is a Child Ready for Their Own Tent?

The timing of when a child is ready for a tent of their own is going to be different for every family and every child. Children mature at very different rates so its important to be realistic about where your child is in terms of independence and self-directness and how …

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