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Gear Archives - Trail to Summit

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Best Sleeping Pads for Backpacking

Choosing a sleeping pad for your next backpacking trip can be a daunting task. This one piece of equipment is a large factor in keeping you warm at night and help you get a good...

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Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoorsy Children

The holiday shopping season is upon us and now is a great time to buy gear our kids will need for the upcoming hiking and camping seasons. Packs for Kids For new walkers– The Brica By...

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Gear, Tips and Tricks

DIY Inline Water Filter

The Sawyer Mini is a 2 oz filter fit for any ultralight backpacking system. The filter can be used in a few ways, but any way you connect a Sawyer Mini, the filtered water can be consumed...

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Gear, Lightweight, Tips and Tricks

LighterPack: Gear List Builder

To all the over planners, spreadsheet nerds, and gram weenies: welcome. I have been using the John Muir Trail as an excellent excuse to buy new gear. I’ve been searching the web for...

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BV500: Sister Proof?

Another new piece of gear I purchased for the John Muir Trail is the Bear Vault 500. A Bear canister is a mandatory item for storing food while backpacking the JMT. The system to open it is...

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How to Save on Hiking Gear

As a teacher and a recent college graduate, my disposable income is scarce. I hike multiple times a month so I do like to have the best gear for what I intend to do. With this predicament I...

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Gear, Gear Articles, Tips and Tricks

Hiking Packing List: The Essentials and Beyond

The Essentials: (for safety, survival and basic comfort) 1. Navigation Map compass GPS (optional) 2. Sun protection Sunscreen chapstick hat/bandana 3. Insulation Jacket, vest, pants,...

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Gear, Gear Reviews

Gear Review: CamelBak Helena

In 2009 I bought the Camelbak Helena for a hiking trip in Israel. Unlike most CamelBak hydration bladder packs, it is large enough to fit all your gear for a day hike. This model is 1300...

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