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Hiking to Mt Israel and Guinea Pond

Maggie the Hiker and I admired the big peaks of the Sandwich Range from the Mt Israel ledges

Climbing Mt Israel is close to becoming a spring pilgrimage for me. Located in the White Mountains Sandwich Range, it’s a 52-with-a-view summit with great views of Sandwich Dome, Mt Whiteface, and the rocky summit of Mt Chocorua. I climbed Israel via the Mead Trail, coming up the more remote north …

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Princeton Tec Helix Backcountry Rechargeable Lantern Review

There's nothing like a battery powered lantern when camping to lighten up the mood and make your tent cozy.

The Princeton Tex Helix Backcountry Rechargeable Lantern is an excellent luxury item for camping that’s lightweight enough for family or couples backpacking. It’s also a remarkably well-designed product that can be used in many ways: as a hanging lantern, a spotlight with its glow-in-the dark lampshade removed, propped up on …

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How to Attach a Trekking Umbrella to a Backpack

How to attach a trekking umbrella to a backpack

A trekking umbrella is a useful piece of backpacking gear for rain and sun protection. But an umbrella can be a real pain in the butt if you have to hold it up for hours at a time using one arm, especially if you use trekking poles to hike. Here’s …

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Osprey Packs Talon 44 Backpack Review

The Osprey Talon 44 Backpack has an internal frame that hugs your back and hips

The Osprey Packs Talon 44 Backpack is a lightweight pack with an adjustable torso length that’s good for weekend backpacking trips, technical day hikes, and peakbagging. Weighing 2 pounds 7 ounces, it can carry a remarkable amount of gear and has a body hugging fit that provides excellent load control for …

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Sierra Designs Divine Light 1P Tent Review

The Divine Light 1 FL is a spacious solo shelter with excellent ventilation options

The Sierra Designs Divine Light 1 FL Tent is a trekking pole tent that weighs just 2 pounds and 7 ounces. It takes the best features of Sierra Designs’ groundbreaking Flashlight UL 1, Clip Flashlight and Tensegrity tents and combines them in a new solo shelter that’s roomy,  easy to …

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