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Protec IT Band Wrap

Protec ITB Compresion Strap

Illiotibial Band Syndrome (ITB) can really slow down hikers and backpackers. I know, I’m suffering from it this sumer. But about 2 months ago, I bought myself a Protec Illiotibial Band wrap that has kept the condition under control and helped me hike some of the hardest miles on the …

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Blister Prevention: Liner Socks

Hiking Liner Socks

My old boots have finally died and I’m spending this week and next breaking in a new pair of leather Asolo boots before my next section hike over Mt. Mansfield and it’s surrounding peaks. My goal is to hike about 100 miles in a variety of terrains to get the …

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Rock Tripe

Rock Tripe

Rock tripe is an edible lichen found in eastern parts of the US that is commonly found on rock faces and cliffs. It is very sensitive to air pollution, so when you see it growing abundantly, chances are good that the air around you is unpolluted. Anne Gunther, a naturalist …

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Mud, Glorious Vermont Mud

A muddy section of the Cedar Brook Trail

Vermont’s Long Trail is famous for its mud. In fact, the mud is so bad in the spring from snow melt, that the Green Mountain Club asks hikers to stay off the Long Trail until Memorial Day each year to reduce erosion on the trail. However, despite this temporary respite, …

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Mohonk Mountain House: A Hiker’s Paradise

My in-laws gave my wife and I a free weekend at the Mohonk Mountain House for our 10th anniversary a few years back. It's one of the last remaining old resorts in the Catskills and Shawangunks area of New York state, just outside of the college town of New Paltz, …

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