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Backpacking an Ozette Triangle in Olympic National Park

The Ozette Triangle is a nine-mile loop starting from the Ozette Ranger Station in Olympic National Park. Just past the trailhead, the trail splits with the southern fork leading to Sand Point and the northern fork leading to Cape Alava. These two sections, each roughly three miles long and composed …

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Backpacking to the Center of the Pemigewasset Wilderness

Mount Guyot is a 4000 footer (4580′) located near the center of the Pemigewasset Wilderness, almost exactly halfway between Franconia Notch and Crawford Notch, as the crow flies. Pronounced “Gee-oh”, with a hard “G”, it’s named after the Arnold Guyot, a geography and geology Professor at Princeton University who is …

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Kammok Pongo Inflatable Sleeping Pad and Puffin Pillow Review

Kammok’s Pongo Pad and Puffin Pillow are a lightweight inflatable sleeping system offering comfort and versatility for various sleeping positions in a hammock or on the ground. While the concept of using an inflatable sleeping pad for back insulation in a hammock sounds simple, it’s harder to securely attach it …

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Backpacking in the BWCA: A Quick and Dirty Guide

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (hereafter referred to as the BWCA) is located about 4 – 6 hours north of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro area and 2 hours from Duluth, depending on the entry point.  It is visited by a quarter of a million people each year and provides …

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Zpacks Classic Sleeping Bag Review

Zpack’s Classic Sleeping Bag is an ultralight hoodless sleeping bag with a 3/4 length zipper that weighs between 17 oz and 21.6 oz in the 20-degree model, depending on sizing. The zipper means you can also open it up like a quilt or blanket in warm weather when less insulation …

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