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Altitude Illness: John Muir Trail Case Study

Imagine hiking over Mono Pass then south bound on the John Muir Trail.  Another beautiful week in the Sierra’s with some of your buddies, one who is on his first backpack trip and is blown away by the beauty.  You never had any issues in the Sierra’s except an occasional headache that you could not […]

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Honeymoon Hike on the PCT

Being a long distance backpacker, I of course felt that a perfect honeymoon would be to go backpacking. My new bride Margaret did make the mistake of saying that she would follow me anywhere. I’m useing a Kumo pack and she is useing an older Mariposa. My base weight is around 8 lbs. and hers […]

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Quehanna Eastern Loop

I got out recently for a relatively high mileage weekend trip. My goals were to complete the Quehanna Trail, to test out some wet condition hiking adaptations, and to fine tune my iPhone battery management. My hike took place in mid May, following a week with several inches of rain. Where and What is Quehanna? […]

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Three Days at Savage Gulf

Along the southern edge of the Cumberland Plateau in TN lies an area known as South Cumberland Recreational Area. The SCRA encompasses Savage Gulf and the Fiery Gizzard Natural Area, gotta love the names of these lands. I’ve hiked both areas several times and always in late fall for the spectacular fall foliage color. Last […]

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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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