best daypacks

Gear Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Daybreak Daypack

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Daybreak Daypack Hyperlite Mountain Gear Daybreak $220, 17L/1,040 c.i. 1 lb. 4 oz. (medium) Sizes: S (fits torsos 15-17 ins.), M (torsos 17-19 ins.), and L (torsos 19+ ins.) hy
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advice on backpacking solo

Ask Me: Should I Go Backpacking Solo?

Hello Michael, I’ve read through a lot of your blog, and it really has inspired me to get outside more and look for greater adventures than what I’ve already done. I have never been anywhere in the Un
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backpacking gear reviews

Gear Review: The Best Gear Duffles

The North Face, Patagonia, and Marmot gear duffels. By Michael Lanza Whatever your outdoor sport—backpacking, climbing, whitewater rafting or kayaking, backcountry skiing, etc.—a sturdy duffle for org
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advice for hiking more efficiently

10 Tricks For Making Hiking and Backpacking Easier

By Michael Lanza When I first started hiking, in my early 20s, I was like a young baseball pitcher with an overpowering fastball: I simply hurled myself at every hike with all of my energy and clueles
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air mattress reviews

Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite MAX SV Air Mattress

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite MAX SV air mattress. Insulated Air Mattress Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite MAX SV $180, 1 lb. (regular, with stuff sack) Sizes: regular (72x20x2.5 ins.) and large ($210, 77x25x2.5
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Photo Gallery: 25 Favorite Backcountry Campsites

By Michael Lanza Everyone has favorite campsites from unforgettable backcountry trips. I’ve been fortunate to have pitched a tent in many great backcountry campsites over more than two decades of back
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