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Beginner’s Guide to Backpacking

Beginners-Guide-To-Backpacking.

Getting started backpacking is a huge bite to chew on for the new hiker. There is gear to buy, rules to learn, and thousands of pages of advice to sort through on your journey into the mountains. Fears of lightning storms, bears, and dark lonely nights may be scattered throughout your dreams as your head is simultaneously excited, scared, and ...

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The 7 Best Camping Cots Reviewed For 2017

Best Camping Cot

Traveling and camping can be enjoyable or miserable, depending on how you approach it. Pitch your tent over a rock and try sleeping on the ground and you’re guaranteed a terrible time. Head out into the wild with great gear, plenty of knowledge, and a comfortable cot to sleep on and you’re guaranteed a much more restful sleep. While camping ...

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The 7 Best Trekking Poles Reviewed For 2017

Best Trekking Poles

If you’re just getting started hiking, trekking poles (or hiking poles) may not be high on your gear list. Despite the fact that hiking poles have been proven to reduce stress on legs and knees by up to 25%. Some hikers carry trekking poles because the data supports it. Some carry hiking poles because they aid with balance, or climbing ...

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The 7 Best Sleeping Pads For Backpacking – [2017]

Backpacking Sleepin Pad Reviews

When you hear the word “sleeping pad” what is the image conjured in your mind? Is it a flat blue foam mat from Walmart’s camping section? Maybe you’re thinking of a huge inflatable air bed for guests in the spare bedroom. Perhaps you’re thinking of one of those fancy self-inflating camping pads… In this article, we’re going to be taking ...

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The 7 Best Fire Starters For Backpacking and Survival

Best Fire Starter

As a backpacking guide with collegiate experience in the wilderness survival techniques niche, I can tell you there’s an awful lot of hype and misinformation surrounding fire starting. I’ve spent years sifting through the BS and sorting out what works for me. Of course, there are unlimited ways to start fires for survival or backpacking needs but honestly some of ...

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The 7 Best Backpacking Stoves Reviewed – [2017]

Best Backpacking Stove

If your like me, a hot cup of coffee to start the day is a necessity. And after a long day trekking through the woods, there are few things better than a hot meal at the end of the day. With modern lightweight backpacking stoves this is not hard to do. There are many choices though, which one is best ...

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The 5 Best Backpacking Water Filters Reviewed – [2017]

Best Backpacking Water Filter

In order to safely and effectively travel in the backcountry it’s critical to avoid illness. One potential source of infection is through water borne pathogens and there exist many methods of water purification. One of these methods is water filters – a physical filtration system whereby pathogens are filtered out of water using mechanical water pressure and a filter. There ...

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The 7 Best Ski Poles Reviewed For 2017

Best Ski Poles

So many skiers overlook the ski pole and, even more so, many skiers fail to understand the true use and value of a ski pole. Ski poles, and your use of them, can really make or break a well-polished skier’s form on the mountain. Keeping your hands up and in front while you actively use the ski poles can be ...

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The 7 Best Snowshoes Reviewed For 2017

Best Snowshoes Reviews

Just because its winter doesn’t mean you should give up hiking or trail running. I think snowshoeing is a better workout and there is something about being in the woods in the winter that is hard to describe. You probably already have the winter apparel, now you just need a pair of snowshoes and you don’t need to spend a ...

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The 5 Best Hiking Boots For Women Reviewed

Best Womens Hiking Boots

Ladies can have a particularly difficult time finding good outdoor footwear. It sometimes even seems as if the outdoor industry just isn’t paying attention to the specific needs and wants of the female hiking community. While it’s tough to find the right pair of hiking boots for women, I’m going to do my best to help provide some insight on ...

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