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10 Winter Hiking and Backpacking Hacks

10 Winter Hiking and Backpacking Hacks

There is really no substitute for experience when it comes to winter hiking, backpacking, and camping. You can read about it in books and watch videos, but the best way to learn is to go out with an experienced friend who can …

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How Much Can You Fit in a 60-Liter Backpack?

How much can you fit in a 60 liter backpack?

A 60-liter backpack is the sweet spot for backpacking trips 5 days in length or less, including packs in the 55-liter to 65-liter range. This backpack volume is large enough to hold a sleeping bag, a one or two-person tent (or a …

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The Pie Tin Stove-Stand Snow Melting Hack

A pie tin makes a great winter stove stand

When you melt snow for drinking water in winter, your stove, if you use a liquid fuel (white gas) stove or an inverted canister stove, is going to get red hot and start to melt the snow it’s sitting on. Melting a …

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Climbing Mt Mansfield (VT) in January

Hiking up the Sunset Ridge Trail on Mt Mansfield

Mt Mansfield (4393′) is the highest mountain in Vermont and can be quite challenging to climb in winter conditions. I recently climbed the peak with several friends, including my friend Ken, who is hiking all of the Vermont 4000-footers this winter. I’ve …

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