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Exped SynMat Winterlite Sleeping Pad Review

Camping with the Exped Synmat Winterlite Sleeping Pad

The Exped SynMat Winterlite insulated sleeping pad is a very lightweight, high R-value sleeping pad (R-Value = 4.9) that is warm enough for camping on snow, in addition to three season use. See Sleeping Pad R-Values. Mummy-shaped, the SynMat Winterlite is filled with a synthetic …

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Winter Backpacking Above-Treeline Gear List

Appalachia Trail Head - Packed and Ready to Go

Last weekend I went on a difficult 2 night backpacking trip that involved a 19 mile traverse of the Presidential Range in New Hampshire, including 15 miles of fully-exposed, above-treeline hiking. We had great weather, but you never know what is going …

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Backcountry Navigation in a Group by Blake Miller

Before setting out, it's good to get everyone on the same page in terms of declination, GPS datumns, and waypoints

There is nothing more enjoyable than hiking with friends in the backcountry. However, preparation is essential for any wilderness trek.  When hiking in a group, it’s important for everyone to be on the same page regarding our navigation.  Agree in advance to some …

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