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Male Lion Sighted in NY Catskills

Ceasar the Lion on Mt Sugarloaf in the Catskills

Phoenicia, New York April 1, 2008 A spokesperson with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation announced today that a male lion was sighted over the weekend by backpackers on Peakamoose Mountain. Authorities report that the lion escaped a bedroom in Eastern Massachusetts sometime in the past week. Known as …

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The Devil’s Path: Catskills

The Devils Path in the Catskills

The Devil’s Path offers some of the most challenging and beautiful hiking n the Catskills. The trail is 24.75 miles in length and goes over Indian Head (3,573 ft), Twin (3,640 ft), Sugarloaf (3,800 ft), Plateau (3,840 ft) and West Kill (3,880 ft) mountains. Following this ridge line, it also …

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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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