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Do You Use The Tent Stakes That Came With Your Tent?

Old School Tent Stakes

I usually replace the factory-supplied tent stakes that come with backpacking tents because they’re too heavy, too short, or they hurt my hands when I pull them out of the ground. My goto tent stakes are: MSR Mini-Groundhog Tent Stakes because the have …

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Solo Hiking and Backpacking

Chipmunk in a Tree

I do my share of solo hiking and backpacking. It’s not for everyone, but I enjoy the added self-reliance required. All of the decisions are mine alone to make. There are no social distractions, enabling a deeper connection to the forest and …

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10 Tips for Beginner Backpackers

Buy a local guidebook to plan your hike and a waterproof map that you can carry in the backcountry

I get a lot of email from experienced day hikers and car campers who want to try backpacking and are looking for help on how to plan their first overnight backpacking trip. Here’s the advice I give them. 1. Buy a Local Guidebook and …

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Intro to Lightweight Backpacking

Hiking in the Catskills

If you’ve ever been backpacking, you’ve probably heard people boast that their pack weighs 50 or 60 lbs. Those days are over. With a little knowledge, it is possible for anyone to reduce their pack weight to a comfortable 25 or 30 …

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