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Cuben Fiber is now Dyneema Composite Fabrics

By Will Rietveld Fabric Origins The original name Cuben Fiber doesn’t do much to describe what the product is; a reporter coined the name back in 1992 when sails made of this fabric helped win the America’s Cup. The name stuck and use of the extraordinarily lightweight and strong fabric expanded into other industries. However, […]

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Creating New Year’s Resolution Hiking Goals

Creating goals for a brand new year can be invigorating. It’s a great way to create a blank slate and have something new to work toward. The problem is, most of us make resolutions we fail to keep – even before winter ends. Instead of vowing to go to the gym everyday, cutting out sugar […]

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Lightweight Essential Day Hiking Gear

You may have heard of The Ten Essentials for hiking, but aren’t sure exactly what this essential list entails. Learn what makes up this list and why each item is needed for a successful day hike. One of the most confusing parts of the ten essentials is that it’s not made of ten items, but […]

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Wilderness Backpacking Trip Defined

If you enjoy hiking, you may find yourself wanting to extend your experience in the great outdoors and go backpacking. A backpacking trip involves carrying all of your gear on your back to stay outside for a night or longer. Backpacking may involve camping inside a tent or inside a wooden shelter or hut along […]

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Guide to Backpacking in the Rain

If you’re interested in backpacking in the rain, here are some expert tips for getting started and even tweaking your current setup. One thing to keep in mind is that if you are backpacking in the rain for any amount of time, you will get wet—what can be controlled, however, is how you handle it […]

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Determine How Long to Hike a Mile

How long does it take to hike a mile? While there are many variables involved, it takes the average person 30 minutes to hike a mile on gentle terrain. It is important to know your pace compared to an average hiker when planning a hike. This way you know approximately how long it will take […]

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Heather “Anish” Anderson FKT Gear List

Here is the basic gear list for my 2015 Appalachian Trail FKT Thru-hike. While this list contains ultralight gear and clothing it does not include food. My overall base weight hovered around 9 lbs, give or take things like how many batteries I was carrying or later in the hike when I threw away one […]

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Living Off the Grid and In the Moment

  High on a ridge, with a view of the Pacific transcending and the Santa Lucia Mountains ascending from the horizon, my other half and I settle. We have called Big Sur, California home for the past few years and, during that time, have learned a lot about what it takes to live in this […]

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