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The Mountains We Climb

There have always been mountains in my life. The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina were the first I laid eyes on in the small mountain town where I was born and raised. A circle of soft forested mountains greeted…

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What’s In My Pack: Climbing Gear List

Everyone’s pack has a story to tell: the way it’s been packed, the contents or lack thereof and the way in which it’s carried. Rafters are known for packing a lot of beer, backpackers for their fun gadgets and gismos,…

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Pros and Cons of Common Backpacking Gear

Pros and cons of common gear dichotomies like tents vs. tarps, air mattress vs. closed cell foam, cooking stoves vs. cold soaking, and suspension framed packs vs. going frameless.


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