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Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed Sleeping Bag Review

When you're too warm, you can fold the quilt part of the Backcountry Bed down, just like you would with a blanket in your bed at home.

The Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed is unlike any sleeping bag ever made. Part sleeping bag, part quilt, part top bag, part bed, it combines the thermal efficiency of a mummy-style sleeping bag with the comfort and freedom of a quilt sleeping system. Available …

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Bushwhackos on Mt Deception

West Deception

I’ve fallen in with a delightful group of bushwhackers who enjoy hiking up trailless peaks as much as I do. Our latest conquest were the twin summits of West and East Deception (3671′), two 3000 footers that overlook the valley with the Cog …

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RailRiders Bushwhacker Weatherpants Review

Rigged for some heavy-duty cool weather bushwhacking on Wolf Cub Mountain wearing my Railriders Bushwhacker Weatherpants

I’ve been hiking and backpacking in RailRider’s pants and shirts since 2008 because they’re comfortable, synthetic so they dry quickly, and they’re treated with Insect Shield which helps protects me from Lyme Disease. Insect Shield is a commercial treatment that uses Permethrin, …

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What is a Ray Way Tarp?

Ray Way Kit Tarp

If you’re starting to think about camping under a tarp, you will probably come across references to something called a Ray Way tarp. This refers to a shaped tarp design developed by Ray Jardine, one of the early proponents of modern ultralight …

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