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Technical Camping Blankets from Nemo and Therm-a-Rest

The Therm-a-Rest Technical Blanket can be attached to a sleeping pad and has a drawstring around the neck to seal in warmth.

Before sleeping bags became popular, backpackers and campers used to sleep outdoors with wool blankets. Some still do. But for warm weather camping, there’s definitely something to be said for using a blanket filled with synthetic insulation rather than a more constrictive sleeping …

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Topographic Maps and Route Visualization

Caltopo.com provides a lot of different maps to choose from in addition to the US Geological Survey Map shown here.

Some people can read a topographic map and visualize what the landscape should look like based on the shape of the contours lines shown. It’s a real skill to do it well, and while I’m pretty good at it,  I can miss details …

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