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 My Side backpack is perfect for new walkers. It is a small lightweight pack that features a detachable leash.

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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 No need to deal with pumping water, hoping your Steripen batteries don’t kick the bucket, or waiting for

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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 the lightest, yet efficient gear (without breaking the bank!) and am well on my way to having everything I need for the

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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 much like a childproof pill bottle to prevent bears or other critters from snatching your food. My sister,

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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 have to get creative. I also have to be very patient. Today I got some amazing deals

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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, gloves, hat (see Clothing) 4. Illumination flashlight/headlamp extra batteries 5. First-aid supplies First aid kit toilet kit (leave no trace) whistle 6. Fire matches/lighter waterproof container magnesium fire starter/birch bark

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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 cubic inches. I’ve owned this pack for a couple of years so I’ve been able to see how it

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