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Patagonia Capilene Baselayers

I’ve tried oodles of base layers and nothing makes me feel better or warmer than my Capilene baselayer shirts and pants. They are an excellent wicking base layer for many different activities including backpacking and whitewater kayaking. I’ve hijacked the Patagonia graphic (above) that best explains which fabric thickness is …

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The TreePee: Next Wave in Suspended Shelters?

Introducing the TreePee! I stumbled across this today on the web. It's a teepee that hangs from a tree. you can stake out the four corners if you want a more stable platform, but if not, you can swing it bag and forth. The manufacturer describes the Treepee as combining …

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Snow Peak Trek 700 Titanium Pot

Snowpeak Gigapower Stove

I’m into freezer bag cooking. It’s fast, it’s easy, you can prepare healthy and hearty meals, and best of all there is no cleanup. So when I cook breakfast or dinner on a backpacking trip all I need to do is to boil water and use it to rehydrate my …

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Backcountry Navigation and Planning: Gazetteers

In my last post, I wrote that you need a New York Gazetteer in order to find the trail heads in the Catskills. It dawned on me today that many people don’t have a clue what a Gazetteer is anymore. So let me explain. A Gazetteer is a set of …

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Powerbar Bake-off

Olympia Granola Bar Man

Backpacking food can be really expensive if you buy commercially packaged meals and snacks. Most freeze-dried meals cost $5-8 dollars and powerbars can cost as much as $3.50 each. Your best alternative is to prepare your own meals and snacks or to find prepackaged foods that are easy to cook, …

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