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Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Sleeping Pad – Mummy

With the onset of Autumn, night time temperature are starting to drop into the mid-40’s F in Vermont’s north country, and it’s time to increase the R-value of my sleeping pad. On my next section hike of The Long Trail to the Quebec border, I’ll be taking along the Big …

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Sterilizing Hydration Reservoirs with Efferdent

A 2.5 liter Platypus Reservoir weighs 1.2 ounces

This year, I’ve had a hard time preventing red mold from growing in my Platypus hydration reservoirs. I don’t know why mold started to be a problem this year, but I think I’ve finally found a way to clean it out of my bladders and prevent it from returning. The …

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Adding Variety to your Backpacking Menu

The food on my last 3-day section hike was so boring I thought I’d gag on the last day of my trip. I was lazy and brought along the same food for several days. So this week, I’ve worked out 4-day freezer bag backpacking menu for my next hike that …

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MYOG: Freezer Bag Cooking Cozy

Freezer Bag Cozy

If you’re into Freezer Bag Cooking, then you should consider bringing along a freezer bag cozy to keep your food warm while it re-hydrates. This it particularly helpful in the early spring, autumn, and in the wintertime when colder weather will quickly cool hot water in an uninsulated Ziploc bag. …

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Indian Pipe, the Ghost Flower

Indian Pipe

  Indian Pipe, also known as Ghost Flower and Monotropa Uniflora, is a unique and interesting plant found in shady woods that are rich in decaying plant matter. I’ve seen it in many places along the Long Trail, and it’s a real standout, in the otherwise green tunnel of the …

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