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How to Attach a Trekking Umbrella to a Backpack

How to attach a trekking umbrella to a backpack

A trekking umbrella is a useful piece of backpacking gear for rain and sun protection. But an umbrella can be a real pain in the butt if you have to hold it up for hours at a time using one arm, especially if you use trekking poles to hike. Here’s …

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Sierra Designs Divine Light 1P Tent Review

The Divine Light 1 FL is a spacious solo shelter with excellent ventilation options

The Sierra Designs Divine Light 1 FL Tent is a trekking pole tent that weighs just 2 pounds and 7 ounces. It takes the best features of Sierra Designs’ groundbreaking Flashlight UL 1, Clip Flashlight and Tensegrity tents and combines them in a new solo shelter that’s roomy,  easy to …

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Thermarest Slacker Hammock Bug Net Review

The Thermarest Slacker Hammock Bug Net has a floor so you can store gear and clothing with you during the night.

The Thermarest Slacker Hammock Bug Shelter has a large zippered opening and floor making it easy to enter and exit, while protecting your gear, shoes, and clothing from bugs and creepy crawlers at night. It also works with any camping or backpacking hammock, including the Hummingbird Ultralight Single Hammock (shown …

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ENTER for a Chance to WIN a FREE Exped Lightning 60 Backpack

The Exped Lightning 60 is a roll top backpack with an adjustable frame

The Exped Lightning 60 ($229) is a high-capacity, lightweight backpack, suitable for a wide range of adventures. Weighing just 41 ounces (2 pounds 9 ounces) and sporting an adjustable length frame, this minimalist backpack is capable of hauling 40+ pound loads while providing excellent load transfer to the hips. Numerous external attachments …

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GaiaGPS App Setup and Battery Management Tips

It's important to make sure that your map, compass, and GAIA app settings are in synch with one another.

GaiaGPS is the smartphone navigation app that I teach students how to use, in addition to map and compass, in the Backcountry Navigation classes I teach. GaiaGPS works on iPhone and Android smartphones, which makes it easy to use in groups that use a wide variety of devices. It’s also the best …

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