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Smarts Mountain Traverse

Fire Warden's Cabin on Smarts Mountain, NH

Smarts Mountain (3238′), located outside of Hanover, NH, is the first decent sized mountain that Appalachian Trail thru-hikers face when they enter the White Mountain National Forest. It has a fire tower on top with good views, a tent site, and an old warden’s cabin that hikers can camp or …

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Best Hiking and Backpacking Skills Books


Becoming a skilled and confident hiker or backpacker is a lifelong endeavor that requires continuous learning and practice. While reading hiking books can’t give you the hands-on experience that only comes by getting your clothes dirty and boots wet, they are a useful guide to expand your horizons and help …

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Morakniv Garberg Full Tang Fixed Blade Knife Review

The Morakniv Garberg full tang bushcraft knife is available with a leather belt sheath or a MOLLE multi-mount system that includes a Polymide sheath.

When autumn rolls around, it’s time to watch more TV in camp, backpacker TV that is. This is the time of year when I start carrying a folding saw and bushcraft style knife on my overnight backpacking trips to cut firewood and split it into smaller pieces using a technique …

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The Worst Hiking and Backpacking Gear of 2016

Worst Backpacking Gear of 2016 has been called America’s Test Kitchen of Hiking and Backpacking Gear because we don’t pull any punches in our product reviews. We use the products we review in the field and try hard to explain the circumstances where they provide the most benefit. But if a product is defective or doesn’t …

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Columbia OutDry Ex ECO Rain Jacket Review

White is a terrible color for hiking because you'll look like a white-tailed deer. I make a point of wearing blaze orange clothing whenever I wear the Columbia OutDry Extreme Eco Rain Jacket which is only available in white.

The Columbia OutDry Ex ECO Rain Jacket is made with a new waterproof/breathable fabric called OutDry that beats the pants off of Gore-Tex. The stuff works. I’m impressed. However, I’m less impressed by the OutDry Ex ECO Rain Jacket for use as a hiking jacket and think it makes for …

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