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Dick Proenneke Builds a Log Cabin in Alaska

Dick Proenneke's cabin on Twin Lakes

If you’ve never seen Dick Proenneke’s movie Alone in the Wilderness, you need to watch these two videos. It’s the story of a mechanic turned naturalist, who retired at age 50, and went to Alaska to live alone in the wilderness for …

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The Winter Route up Mt Carrigan

Katie at the Mt Carrigan Summit Tower

The route up Mt Carrigan (4681′) in winter is one of the longest, but most rewarding, scenic hikes in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Fourteen miles in length with 3800′ of elevation gain, the winter climb up Carrigan is one of those hikes …

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Torso Deep Snow Caves

Bivy sack and snow trench

I'm still at it this winter, building practice snow shelters and caves in my front yard. This time, I built a simple snow cave featured in the Revised Edition of Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book, which is the illustrated …

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Kelty’s Ultralight Backpack: An Introduction to The Cloud

The Kelty Spectra Cloud

Kelty is not a name that you normally associate with ultralight backpacks. But between 1994 and 2004, Kelty manufactured several versions of a distinctive, all-white backpack called the Cloud which rocked the outdoor industry and helped establish many of the design concepts …

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