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Backpacking Gear for Discerning Adventurers

  MSR Hubba Hubba tent In my view, the perfect 3-season two-person tent is light, roomy, and has two doors. Oh, and two vestibules. And is quick and easy to set up. The MSR Hubba-Hubba has made this dream a reality. It weighs in at 4 lbs., 4 oz. and, as the name suggests, features an ingenious hubbed pole system …

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Cascadia Gear: Essentials for your Next Adventure

A Pleasing Contradiction The ThermaRest ® brand has long been synonymous with backpacking sleeping pads. They have continually refined and perfected the art of building lightweight, tough, and cushy pads, and those of us who appreciate a good night’s rest after an arduous day on the trail are grateful to them. But they’re never satisfied. This quest for constant innovation …

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A Daypack and Sleeping Pad for the Cost-Conscious Hiker

Sierra Designs Garnet 20 Daypack The Sierra Designs Garnet 20 Daypack is a 19-liter panel-loader that is easy to like. Our tester got to know the pack on a series of hikes on the island of Maui’i and she sang its praises. The Garnet 20 has a molded HDPE frame sheet, a balance between load-carrying comfort and relatively light weight. …

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Anything Worth Doing: A New Adventure Classic

By John D’Onofrio A disclaimer right up front: I love adventure stories. Just devour them. From Endurance to Touching the Void, I’m a sucker for pulse-quickening, what-the-hell-happens-next tales about those rare modern (or not so modern) heroes that push the envelope in the pursuit of some magnificent obsession. Stories of derring do. People who put practical considerations aside to pursue …

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Backcountry Essentials: The Season’s Best New Skis

  by Chris Gerston, owner, Backcountry Essentials, Bellingham, WA.   My perspective: I am 165 lbs., 5’5” on a good day, and ski tele, mostly in what some would say is my one and only forward gear – as fast as I can.  About mid-season on deep powder days, when I’ve finally gotten my 41 year old legs back into …

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iFitness Hydration Belt Is a Different Animal To Use

I have never owned a hydration belt that I used regularly.  I have found the cheap ones to be uncomfortable, bouncy and an extra place to accumulate sweat and itchiness.  Most of my runs nowadays are less than 5 miles, so the need for hydration in the Northwest is limited. Along comes a new hydration belt from iFitness.  This is …

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Cascadia Gear: New Packs, Sleeping Bags & Dishware

Sierra Designs Zissou 15 Sleeping Bag It’s been a subject of debate among backpackers in the Pacific Northwet for decades: Down vs. synthetic sleeping bags. Down offers unsurpassed warmth and packability for its weight but frankly, ain’t worth a damn if it gets wet. And sometimes, let’s face it, it rains in these parts. Sierra Designs’ answer to this age-old …

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