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Winter Bivy Selection

I've been agonizing over the selection of a lightweight winter bivy bag for a couple of weeks and I thought I'd come to a final decision when I ordered the Integral Designs Overbag Bivy. This bag is completely made using eVent fabric and is considered to be one of the …

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TGO Challenge Gear System Review

Zpacks.com Blast 32 Backpack

Major Gear System Changes I made some pretty big changes to my gear list for The Challenge this year, replacing leather boots with trail runners, swapping in an ultralight cuben fiber backpack, using chlorine dioxide tablets for water purification instead of a filter-based purifier, and carrying some new electronics. All …

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Setting Up a Tarp

I am a recent convert to sleeping in shelters when backpacking on long distance trails. Before that, I would always bring an enclosed single person shelter, like a hammock or a tarptent, but 4+ inches of rain on Vermont’s Long Trail over a three day period changed my mind. Trust …

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Spinntex Bear Bag System

I’ve decided to replace my Ursalite bear bag system and replace it with a higher capacity and more robust system that I’ve assembled myself. If you read my previous post on the Ursalite, you’ll see that I had to make modifications to it to make it more robust. In the …

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