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Best Backpacking Spoon: Optimus Titanium Long Spoon

An eating utensil seems like a simple thing -- until you don't have one. Remember getting a pudding in your packed lunch when you were a kid . . . but then realized you didn't have a spoon? Sure, you scooped...
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How to Choose the Best Backpacking Pack

With so many options, choosing a backpacking pack is crazy hard for a beginner. While you can survive with most any pack, consider this: Your enjoyment of a hidden backcountry gem can be influenced by the pain...
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How to Choose the Best Backpacking Sleeping Bag 2014

Choosing a backpacking sleeping bag can be a nerve-wracking experience -- but it doesn't have to be. You can obsess over the size and shape of your bag, obsess over the material or cost, or you can understand...
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Hennessy Hammock in Action

Friday evening had finally arrived and my good friend Eric and I where taking two of our boys each -- so four kids -- camping on Reed Island in the Columbia River.  To get to the island, we were boating out...
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Fly Fishing with a Tenkara Rod

Fish on! My fingers immediately jump to the task of mending line, reaching for the reel to gather up the slack as I pull up on the rod tip . . . and they grab nothing but air. This is the stuff of a...
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Lawson Blue Ridge Camping Hammock: Best of Two Worlds

EVERYONE LOVES A HAMMOCK. That's why, when I started searching for a backpacking tent, I chose the Lawson Blue Ridge Camping Hammock. Sometimes it's hard to find a nice flat place to pitch a tent and sleep on...
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How to Choose an Ultralight Backpacking Sleeping Pad

Backpackers have more ultralight sleeping pad options than ever before. There are dozens of different sizes, shapes, and types of construction, ranging from dirt-simple foam pads to lush inflatable cushions...