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Why Do Hands Swell on Long Hikes? Causes of Fat Fingers

Hiking is a great way to get in some exercise and enjoy the outdoors. Unfortunately, many people experience swelling of their hands when they hike for long periods of time. What causes this? Read on to find out why your hands swell when you hike! A hiker ends up with swollen hands due to the …

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Thru-Hiking Base Weight: Why Backpackers Drop Pounds

Building out a gear list is important to any long-distance trail hiking attempt. The issue for many is finding the balance between comfort and lighter pack weight, you need to be as light as possible and as finances will allow. Let’s jump into what thru-hiking base weight is: Base weight refers to the weight of …

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Tent Vestibules: Gear Storage With Living Area on Trail

When you are looking at a tent for a thru-hike you need to have some additional criteria you may normally not normally put much weight in, one of these is that the tent has a vestibule. What makes the extra storage space valuable to a thru-hiker you may wonder, let’s dig in and take a …

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Lanshan 2 vs Lanshan 2 Pro: Which Should You Choose?

Finding the right Lanshan 2 can be a challenge. Lanshan 2 is the most popular ultralight tent from 3F UL gear, but their Lanshan Pro series has some solid advantages that make it worth considering. The two Lanshan are very similar, but there are some key differences to keep in mind when making your decision. …

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Sleeping Bag Liners: What Are They, How to Use & Warmth

A sleeping bag or backpacking quilt is used to keep you warm when out on the trail and this can have two impacts on a long-distance thru-hike. The gear will get dirtier and dirtier over the days of grime along with starting to perform worse than rated for heat due to this build-up, so what …

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Tent Footprint: What They Do and Why Thru-Hikers Bring Them

For people planning their first long distance thru hikes there is a load of gear related questions and concerns as to what is necessary and what can be left home to help cut weight. A tent footprint is an important piece of gear that can protect your tent and keep you dry and may be …

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Sleeping Quilts (Sewn vs Zippered Footbox for Comfort)

There are many options to choose from when purchasing a backpacking quilt. They range in price, weight, warmth, and features. One of the most important decisions you will make in your backpacking quilt is choosing between a sewn foot box or a zipper foot box for your comfort level. This blog post will discuss the …

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LSHT: How Long to Thru-Hike the Lone Star Hiking Trail

How long does it take to thru-hike the Lone Star Hiking Trail? This is a question that many people who want to hike the Lone Star Hiking Trail have asked before they start their journey. We will go into detail and show how many days you would need to complete this trail. For most thru-hikers, …

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Double Wall vs Single Wall Tents: Benefits and Drawbacks

Choosing between a single wall tent and a double wall is not easy, especially when you are planning your next thru-hike. There are many factors to consider so it can be difficult to know which option is best for you. We will discuss the benefits of each piece of gear so that you can make …

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