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3-Season Sleeping Bags vs. Winter Sleeping Bags

Perhaps you’re thinking about getting into some winter camping. Maybe you’re looking to venture out later in the Fall—or earlier in the Spring—and happen to be a cold sleeper. The question will eventually arise: What do I need, a 3-season…

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The Best Women’s Sleeping Bag is a Unisex bag

When it comes to sleeping bags, your most important considerations should be size, fit, fill, and temperature ratings. So the question remains, should I buy a women’s specific sleeping bag? My answer is no.



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.

fall sleep system

Gear Tips

How to Build a Fall Sleep System

A proper fall sleep system gives you the ability to capitalize on the exquisite shoulder season of autumn—no bugs, no crowds, no sweltering heat. Depending on where you are though, shoulder seasons can be hard to plan for. They are…