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Chemical Free Insect-Bite Prevention

Ex Officio Halo Check Shirt with Insect Shield

Last year, I used 4 squirt bottles of Ben's 100% DEET to prevent mosquito bites. I'd slather Ben's on my legs, arms, and head every time I went backpacking and hiking near my home in Boston or when I visited my favorite backpacking haunts in the Catskills, the Gunks, or …

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Leave No Trace Principles

  Here is my slightly abridged, take no prisoners, version of the Leave No Trace Principles. Plan Ahead and Prepare. Know local regulations. Shelters may be full; bring a tent, tarp or hammock. Carefully map out your route before you arrive including potential water sources and natural obstacles. Consider contingency …

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AT/LT Trip Report: Gulf Rd, MA to Rt 9, VT

I just got home from a 42 mile backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail, starting in northern Massachusetts and ending about 14 miles north of the Massachusetts-Vermont border on Rt. 9, outside of Bennington, VT. This hike was significant because it included the last remaining section of the Long Trail …

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REI Adventure Pants

REI Adventure pants have become an indispensable part of my wardrobe for both work and outdoor activities such as day hiking and backpacking. A size 38 x 32 weighs just 13.5 oz. These pants are 100% nylon. They dry quickly after washing and do not show wrinkles, making them excellent for …

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Using TVP in Freezer Bag Cooking Recipes

Textured_vegetable_protein

Textured Vegetable Protein, known as TVP, is an excellent meat substitute that appears in many backpacking recipes because it is extremely lightweight and easy to prepare. It's also a great addition to homemade freezer bag meals because of it's nutritional value and long shelf life. TVP is available as a …

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