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Ounces blog posts about gear on the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail

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Long Distance Hikers Review Shelters

It is truly said that the past is a foreign country; backpackers of the 1980s resemble their ancestors of the 1940s about as much as scarlet tanagers do pterodactyls.  Nowhere are the contrasts more evident than in camp.  Those cold-blooded reptiles felt feathers (tents) were for sissies; the gaudy-plumaged wildlander …

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Is Water Treatment Necessary?

Part of what’s exciting about reviewing hiker survey data is seeing how actual facts about trail experiences match up to assumptions and …