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Essential gear for the most American 4th of July backpacking trip

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Three hundred and sixty-four days a year, venturing into the mountains on a backpacking trip means living sparingly. Like the humble tortoise, the American backpacker must take her home with her wherever she goes. It makes perfect sense, then, for hikers to ensure that their packs are always as light as possible. Straps are cut down, toothbrushes are sawed in …

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For the love of gear

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Before I knew what had happened I heard a bounce, then a splash.“Oh no,” a co-worker said. From my spot at the back of the raft I turned around to see what had happened. I saw no apparent danger and no one seemed to have fallen out the rafts behind or ahead of me. So far it was just another …

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Social media induced adventuring FOMO

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Despite the crowds, the many miles still to come, and the newest blister on my right heel, I couldn’t ignore the fact that it was, truly, an incredible view. Halfway through the Presidential Traverse in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, four friends and I cheered as we summited Mount Washington. The tallest mountain in New England, Washington is notorious for it’s …

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Eight rules to live by on your Spring Break road trip

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Last March, I was lucky enough to be a part of my school’s spring break whitewater kayaking trip across the Southeastern U.S. Over the course of the adventure, we paddled for eight days in West Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina. Between all those beautiful rivers, we drove… everywhere. We drove on highways, through small towns, and on dirt roads …