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Western Catskills Traverse

Trout Pond, Western Catskills

I spent most of my formative years as a backpacker in the Catskills, a 700,000 acre forest preserve, located less than 100 miles north of New York City. It’s a beautiful place full of rivers, streams, valleys and mountains that maintains a …

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Tent Stakes: How Many? What Kind?

Cordage and Tent Stake Bag

When I go backpacking, I carry a small stuff sack with my tent stakes and extra cordage. I typically carry betwen 6 and 11 tent stakes with me, extra paracord and Kelty triptease. This is one of the more general purpose elements …

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The Tentative Quilter

Ultralight Camping on the Maine Appalachian Trail

Have you ever used a quilt instead of a sleeping bag on a backpacking trip? I confess, I haven’t. But I took my first tentative  step in that direction on my last backpacking trip. Instead of a quilt, I used the 50 …

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The Flume in Franconia Notch

Avalanche Falls

Last month, we went up to North Conway for a little vacation We drove up to the top of Mt Washington on the Auto Road, toured the Kancamagus Highway, visited a few waterfalls, hung out in Pinkham Notch and Crawford Notch, and …

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