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Sleep System Survival Tactics for Staying Warm

Camping in Winter

Have you ever spent a cold night in your sleeping bag  wondering why you are cold when you’re sleeping in a bag that is properly rated for the temperature outside? A lot of backpackers and campers have this problem and blame their sleeping bag for it, when it could be …

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Hennessy Hammocks: A Beginner’s Guide

Hennessey Hammock

This article is intended for backpackers who normally sleep in a tent and are interested in learning more about hammock-based shelters, and specifically Hennessy Hammocks. When I first tried a Hennessy a few years ago, I found that it was very difficult to really understand how they worked from the …

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Brasslite Alcohol Stove

Brasslite Turbo 1D Alcohol Stove

There are a plethora of alcohol stoves designs available today for lightweight backpackers. However, one of my all-time favorites remains the Brasslite Stove (1.4 oz.) which is completely self-contained and includes a built-in simmer control, base plate and pot holder. I have also found that the Brasslite is easier to …

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Black Fly Season

Black fly season occurs from mid-March to mid-July in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, north through New York and New England, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and into Southern Canada. Some backpackers, campers, and fishermen avoid outdoor activities during black fly season, but the rest of us soldier on despite the …

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Blister Prevention and Treatment for Hikers

Leukotape

No one is immune to blisters. However, blisters are preventable if you understand the conditions that cause them and they will heal faster if you know how to treat them properly. In the following article I begin by explaining what blisters are and why they occur. I then discuss techniques …

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