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Common Backpacking Gear

Gear

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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Tips

How to Take Someone On Their First Backpacking Trip

So you are taking your friend on their first backpacking trip. This is exciting! There’s nothing like introducing a friend to a new hobby and seeing their satisfaction when they successfully push themselves out of their comfort zone. These tips will help you pull off a successful trip for your friend.

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Tips

How to Stay Fresh and Clean in the Backcountry

Though only 5 p.m., the forest was dark and snow fell heavily. The eight of us (three wilderness therapy guides, plus five participants) huddled around a fire beneath a tarp staked down with snowshoes—our wet and cold bodies packed onto…

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Gear

Get to Know the 2021 Summer Dream Team

Therm-a-Rest’s 2021 Summer Dream Team shares their favorite backpacking gear and what drives their life of adventure.   It’s that time of year again, and we are stoked… introducing the 2021 Summer Dream Team! As always, selecting the team from…

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Mike Libecki’s Advice for Adventure

I’ve been on more than 65 expeditions and over 20 of them have been solo missions. I’ve learned that when I’m climbing and adventuring many days and miles in the backcountry where a rescue may not be an option, preparation…

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How To: Backpacking with Toddlers

My best friend Heidi and I laid all the gear on the living room floor while August, Heidi’s two-year-old son, danced through the piles asking if he could eat the Snickers bar that was going into our food bag. When…

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