Seam Sealing

Seam Sealing Tarps and Tents

Seam sealing tarps and shelters terrifies many people. Honestly it’s the easiest thing you can do. A few ground rules: Seal the outside. That’s where the rain will fall and you need to seal the stitching there to repeal water ingress. Make sure its not too hot 6of/15c is ideal temperature to seal up your […]

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Four Seasons on the Allegheny Front Trail

If you do enough backpacking, it’s likely you’ll come across a trail you keep coming back to again and again. For me, that has been the relatively new Allegheny Front Trail (AFT). The first time I hiked it, I declared to my backpacking companions I was going to complete it in all four seasons within […]

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Cut a small water reservoir in half and use it as a water scoop in small streams

Water Dipper

Ever want to carry a scooping cup for those tiny pools and barely flowing water sources? You’ve probably also thought “I don’t want to carry another half Smartwater bottle or small cup for that purpose.” Too bulky and too much extra weight for the gram weenies. Well, here’s a light and refined solution: If you […]

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Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge North Route – One of the World’s Great Treks

One of my all-time favorite backpacking trips is the Rainbow Bridge North Route.  It’s remote, rugged, challenging, and very, very scenic.  The hearty souls that walk this route see epic panoramas, breath-taking views, historic ruins, chiseled canyons, and beautiful desert riparian areas. About the Hike Less well known that the South Route, the North Route […]

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First DC UL Womens Only Trip

Women Rock DC UL

The hiking and backpacking meetup group I help co-organize – DC UL Backpacking —has been seeing steady growth, doubling in size over the past year. I could credit a number of factors that contributed to that growth: a full calendar last year thanks to our organizer, Michael Martin, working on a book (AMC’s Best Backpacking in the […]

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Camel ride in Morocco with Mariposa

The Ultimate Gear Test: Using the Mariposa Backpack for 4 Years in Africa

Many backpackers consider a five-month thru-hike the ultimate gear test. It’s true: any piece of gear that survives a thru-hike passes a respectable endurance test—especially ultralight gear. But why not make up a tougher test? Having done four thru-hikes (including yo-yoing the Continental Divide Trail), I wanted to push the backpacking gear endurance limits. The ultimate […]

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