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ULA Equipment: Do They Seam Seal Their Backpacks?

Are you looking for a backpack that will keep all of your gear dry and protected against …

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Fight the Friction: Understand the Issue of “Monkey Butt”

Are you an avid thru-hiker, looking for ways to reduce discomfort during those long trail days? If …

Appalachian Trail
Clingmans Dome in Tennessee is a major point in your early adventure

Exploring the Tennessee Section of the Appalachian Trail

Love the outdoors and looking for an adventure? Then a hike along the Appalachian Trail in Tennessee …

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Beware Tick Issues: Can Ticks Bite Through Leggings?

Are you worried about ticks when it comes to hiking in tall grasses and where ticks live? …

Basics, Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail
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AT vs. PCT: Rise to the Challenge of an Epic Thru-Hike

Are you an avid hiker looking for a challenge? Are you trying to decide between the Appalachian …

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Choosing The Perfect 1 Person Shelter For Thru-Hiking: Gossamer Gear The One vs Zpacks Plex Solo

Are you looking for a lightweight tent to take on your next backpacking adventure? We’ve got you …