Grafton Notch is a magnificent mountain pass in Southwestern Maine, a short drive from Gorham, NH, the last major trail town that Appalachian Trail thru-hikers visit before leaving New Hampshire. Crowned by towering Old Speck Mountain, which has a viewing tower at …Read More »
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL-1 mtnGLO Backpacking Tent Review
The Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 mtnGLO may be the nicest one person double-walled tent I’ve ever slept in. It doesn’t feel cramped, which is unusual for a one person tent, and it has a lot of extra space along the sides, head, …Read More »
The White Mountain Guide and Why It is a MUST-HAVE Planning Reference for Hiking in the White Mountains
The AMC’s White Mountain Guide, considered “The Bible” of White Mountains hiking and backpacking, is an indispensable tool in understanding the difficulty, length, elevation gain, and hazards all of the 600+ hiking trails in the Whites, including detailed directions for finding trail …Read More »
Lightweight Backpacking: The Big Three
The three heaviest items in your backpacking are your backpack, your sleep system (sleeping bag+pad), and shelter, often called the Big 3. Your sleeping bag and pad are treated as one item because you really can’t use them separately for sleeping. If you …Read More »
10 Best Ventilated (Suspended Mesh) Backpacks of 2023
Ventilated backpacks, also called suspended-mesh backpacks, have …Read More »
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Granite Gear Virga3 26L Backpack Review
The new Granite Gear Virga3 26L is …Read More »
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How Much Should a Backpacking Tent Weigh?
Tent weight is a frequent area of …Read More »
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