Backpacking Mount Timpanogos

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Mount Timpanogos is the second highest peak in the Wasatch Range in northern Utah, and arguably the most popular in the region. The granite mountain dominates the skyline with a 5,269 ft (1,606 m) prominence and a peak elevation of 11,752…

Tips on Hammock Camping with Kids

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Camping with kids has its own set of struggles and stresses, but it doesn’t need to be avoided, just planned for. There are a lot of articles available that talk about camping with kids, such as when is too early,…

Backpacking the Oak Grove Trail

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I was looking for a little diversion while visiting my family in Southern Utah this summer. On a whim, we picked the Oak Grove Trail in the Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness, a scenic trail that climbs the East face of…

Backpacking the Sycamore Rim Trail

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The Sycamore Rim Trail is a 12.5 mile1 (20 km) loop that skirts Sycamore Canyon, the second largest canyon in Arizona, after the Grand Canyon, and is arguably just as stunning and visually impressive in its own way. In its…

NEMO Bugout 9×9 Shelter Review

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Ever since seeing the NEMO® Bugout™ shelter at Trail Days in 2012, I’ve been wanting to get one. The Bugout is a tarp-based shelter with an integrated bug netting that reaches from tarp edge to the ground, creating a roomy,…

DIY Insulated Hood Pattern

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I’ve made a lot of these insulated hoods with varying styles of construction. This is a really easy do-it-yourself (DIY) project, especially if you can use pieces from a fleece blanket that already has a nice hem that can work…

DIY One-Season Top Quilt or Liner

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Skip to the illustration! See also: DIY Insulated Hood Pattern The search for an inexpensive, light, one-season top quilt. In preparation for my upcoming backpacking trip to Havasupai with my wife, I’ve been debating on different insulation options for our hammocks.…

Knots vs. Hardware

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Among hikers, backpackers, campers, Scouters, and pretty much any outdoor enthusiast, one topic seems to always spark debate: hardware devices or knots? Are you a knot purist who sees hardware devices as redundant, a waste of time (or weight), or…

Lawson Blue Ridge Camping Hammock Review

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After spending a few weeks reviewing the Lawson Blue Ridge Camping Hammock I felt a little like the food critic Anton Ego from the Disney®/Pixar® animated film Ratatouille when he flip-flopped on his critique of Gusteau’s restaurant. Perhaps I can appreciate his predicament…