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Undercast on Mt Madison in March

Imagine you’re standing on top of a mountain, looking down at a sea of clouds blanketing the valleys below. Called a cloud inversion or undercast, it’s a rare enough weather phenomenon that you’re willing to blow off work to climb a mountain to experience it. Show More Summary

REI Flash Air Hammock Shelter System Review

The REI Flash Air Hammock Shelter System is an all-on-one hammock shelter system that includes a mosquito hammock, whoopie-style suspension system, and tarp. It’s well thought out and has a lot of cool features, although it’s on the small size and more suitable for use by scouts, kids, and smaller adults under 5’6? in height. Show More Summary

10 Best Ventilated Backpacks 0f 2018

Ventilated backpacks, also called suspended-mesh backpacks, keep you cooler and drier when backpacking in hot or humid weather or when you’re carrying a heavy load. First invented by Deuter Packs, they’re one of the most sought-after backpack features by backpackers. Show More Summary

A Southern Presidential Loop Trip Plan: Backpacking the 4000 Footers Guidebook

A 2-3 day, 22 mile scenic loop that travels up the Dry River Valley, climbing the Oakes Gulf headwall, to a set of alpine lakes at the foot of Mt Washington. From here, hikers climb 4 four thousand footers in sequence: Mt Monroe, MtShow More Summary

Gregory Optic 58 Backpack Review

The Gregory Packs Optic 58 is an ultralight backpack with a ventilated frame that helps evaporate back sweat and keep your shirt dry when hiking. Weighing 40-45 ounces, the Optic is a fully featured backpack with a lightweight wire frame,...Show More Summary

Climbing Mts Pierce and Jackson in February

“These aren’t 20 mile per hour winds,” I told Eliot, as we started climbing the Crawford Path up to the Southern Presidential Range, just south of Mt Washington in New Hampshire. Our destination was Mount Pierce and Mt Jackson, two 4000 footers, both with above-treeline summits. Show More Summary

10 Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags of 2018 (For Men and Women)

Sleeping bags are still the most popular nighttime insulation option with backpackers because they’re warmer in cold, damp, or drafty weather, especially below freezing. While mummy bag designs still prevail, there’s a lot more variety...Show More Summary

How to Reduce the Weight of Your Consumables

The heaviest items in your backpack are water, food, and fuel. They’re called consumables because you use them up as your trip progresses, as opposed to “base weight” which measures the weight of non-consumable items like a backpack, tent, unworn clothing, a sleeping bag, and other items that you’ll carry your entire hike. Show More Summary

How to Prevent Tent Condensation

Tent condensation happens to everyone. It’s one of the unavoidable consequences of camping or backpacking with a tent, but it’s usually just a nuisance and not the end of the world. Still, there are a lot of misconceptions about tent condensation and whether you can buy a tent that completely prevents condensation. Show More Summary

Backpacking in the White Mountains: A Quick and Dirty Guide

The White Mountain National Forest is located about 2 and 1/2 hours north of Boston, 6 hours north of New York City, and about 2 hours from Portland, Maine. It’s visited by over 6 million people per year, and provides numerous recreational...Show More Summary

Pennsylvania Appalachian Trail Section Hike Gear List – Spring 2018

I’m headed down to the Pennsylvania Appalachian Trail this spring to finish section hiking the state. It’s tough living in Massachusetts or New Hampshire and getting down south to finish the trail on section hikes, but I am shootingShow More Summary

Osprey Exos 58 Backpack Review (2018 Model)

The Osprey Exos 58 Backpack is one of the most popular backpacks used by thru-hikers and lightweight backpackers because it combines the organizational layout of a top-lid backpack, lightweight materials, and a rigid internal frame capable of hauling heavy loads. Show More Summary

Granite Gear Crown2 38 Backpack Review

The Granite Gear Crown2 38L backpack is a lower volume version of its popular big brother, the Crown2 60L backpack.  It’s a highly configurable ultralight backpack that has an adjustable-size hip belt so you can get a perfect, customized...Show More Summary

Enter for a Chance to WIN a Free KS Ultralight Gear Alpisack Backpack

The KS Ultralight Alpisack is a 50L frameless ultralight backpack weighing 21 oz (18.5 oz w/o optional components), that’s suitable for 4 season use. Being frameless, it can’t carry much more than 25 pounds of gear and consumables, but...Show More Summary

Backpacking the White Mountain 4000 Footers: Free Guidebook Announcement

A funny thing happened to me when I was section hiking the Appalachian Trail through New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest in 2008. I fell in love with the place. That’s an easy thing to do since the New Hampshire AT climbsShow More Summary

Gossamer Gear Shoulder Strap Accessory Pocket Review

I like to carry a digital point and shoot camera in a shoulder strap pocket because I take better photos when it’s easily accessible. I also use the same pocket to carry my smartphone, which has some navigation apps that I like to use when I hike. Show More Summary

10 Best Ultralight Backpacking Quilts of 2018

More and more backpackers are switching from sleeping bags to backpacking quilts because they’re lighter weight, more compressible, and more comfortable, especially for side sleepers. While top quilts have always been popular with the...Show More Summary

Climbing North and Middle Sugarloaf in Winter

North and Middle Sugarloaf are two smaller peaks located next to Mt Hale with great views of Mt Washington and the Presidential Range. They’re not an obvious destination in winter because the Forest Service road leading to their trail...Show More Summary

Appalachian Trail Shuttle Guide

Appalachian Trail Shuttles are hiker taxis that will ferry you to and from the trail when you need to leap-frog to the end of a section or need a ride to nearby town, hostel, train or bus station. They’re part of the unregulated network...Show More Summary

How to Stay Clean on a Backpacking Trip

While the popular media bombards us with tales of stinky long distance thru-hikers, you don’t have let go of your personal hygiene on a backpacking trip. The fact is, you’ll stay a lot more comfortable and avoid a lot of health issues by washing up daily and staying clean. Show More Summary

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