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How to Choose the Right Shelter

Posted by Gabby Tinner on

How to Choose the Right Shelter

There are two major criteria in choosing a shelter.  The first is simple: its size.  Your shelter must have sufficient space for the maximum number of people (and their things, like gear and dogs) who plan to use it.  If your shelter is too small then it will be crammed and uncomfortable; if it is too big then, per person, it will be heavier than it should be.    The other criteria in choosing the right shelter are driven by your destination and the environment and weather conditions you will encounter there, specifically: Precipitation (frequency and intensity). Properly pitched, all...

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The 5 ‘Please Don’ts’ of Lightweight Backpacking for Beginners – Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by Kale Klontz on

So, here you are. You drank the Kool-Aid so to speak and are convinced that lightweight backpacking is the way to go. Well, congratulations because you are right! Going light on the trail takes away unnecessary aches and pains and trades them in for more enjoyment and fun. But only if you do it right. Too many of us have learned the hard way when just starting out. The good news is that because we did all the dirty work for you, you don’t have to. (Lucky!) So let’s jump right in and get you educated so that you can avoid...

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