For the longest time I was convinced that I wanted nothing to do with Winter hiking ... or anything else related to outdoors and cold.  Thankfully, I'm able to admit when I'm wrong -- even though Winter hiking presents some new requirements/challenges, it's still a lot of fun. My biggest barrier to getting started was …

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Hammock Camping

I've been doing a lot of research (both reading and asking around) about backcountry camping, and it seems that hammocks (instead of tents) are the way to go these days. They are typically lighter and less expensive than tents (two great points in my opinion) and they benefit from the ability to be setup anywhere …

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New Gear

Ordered new packs for The Wife and myself the other day, and I can't wait to get them broken in.  Osprey Kyte 36 (Purple Calla) for her and Osprey Kestrel 48 (Jungle Green) for me!   Also picked up a new bladder - Hydrapak Shape-Shift Reversible Reservoir 3L.  I've heard a lot of good things about these …

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