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Inflate A Sleep Pad With A Trash Compactor Bag

  Lightweight backpacking is about making the most out of the gear you bring with you. Finding multiple uses for your gear is one of the most cost efficient and ingenious ways to save weight. With a little creativity you can find that you really don’t need to bring items that serve small jobs. Ditch […]

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Backpacking in France Gear List

This 3 season gear list setup is for small to longer hikes anywhere in France in moderate altitude mountains and backcountry. It works well for daytime temperatures ranging from 40 to 80 degrees. Overnight temperatures can be between 30 and 45 degrees. I’ve been using it comfortably for about three years in various conditions and […]

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Arizona Trail Day

Arizona Trail Day Events

Along the Arizona Trail are 33 Gateway Communities, each with their own unique character and charm. Towns that welcome Arizona Trail users and offer a place for rest, food and resupply. The Arizona Trail Association currently holds six Trail Day events a year throughout the state. This year we started with the Legends of Superior […]

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Trans Adirondack Route

Hiking the Trans Adirondack Route

Long-distance hikers are seeking tierra nueva: something beyond the Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, Long Trail, and other long-distance venues that may have had their wilderness experiences degraded.  The “new land” these hikers seek can be found in Upstate New York, a place where long-distance hiking is not even a blip on the radar.  Less […]

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Backpacking With Kids

Our youth live in a world of digital distraction. When they are not busy completing increasing amounts of homework and being shuttled to and fro from various extracurricular activities, they are watching television, texting friends, gaming, or updating their social media accounts. Gone are the days when kids went outside after school and didn’t come […]

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Hiking is Mental

You will get wet. You will get hangry. You will wonder why you are trudging uphill when everyone else is at brunch. You will trip, sometimes rather dramatically. You will pick yourself up. You will see things that few others will. You will stand on top of mountains, in the middle of deep valleys, in […]

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Thru Hiker Backpack: The Kumo

I remember the first time I met Dirtmonger last summer, 2014.  I was roughly half way through my hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, in Northern California.  He was sporting a Kumo Superlight, and it looked as if it were just a day pack on him.  I was with my good friend, Not-a-Chance, and she […]

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Contingency Planning for Long Distance Hikes

Spend any significant time backpacking, and you’re going to have something go wrong. Usually they are pretty small things that are more an annoyance than a major problem – the air mattress springs a slow leak, the headlamp gets turned on in the pack and runs the batteries down, or you forgot your spoon. As […]

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