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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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