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Blistex ‘Lip Vibrance’ review
Blistex Lip Vibrance has been my go to lip protection since I discovered it seven years ago walking the John…Read
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Post thru-hike gear wrapup: Hammock Gear quilt
Here’s something I get asked a lot – How the heck do you wash your down quilt or sleeping bag?…Read
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post thru-hike gear wrapup: Therm-a-rest NeoAir Xlite
Quick, what is the most important activity on a thru-hike? If you answered, “Hike,” give that reader a Kewpie doll.…Read
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post thru-hike gear wrapup: Icebreaker T
Except for extra pairs of socks, undies and camp clothes that double as layers on cold days, there’s really no…Read
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post thru-hike gear wrapup: Columbia OutDry ex-reign rain jacket and pants
If you’re going to be outdoors for any significant amount of time, you are going to eventually get wet and…Read
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post thru-hike gear wrapup: La Sportiva Akyra mountain running shoe
You might recall that it was one year ago, while hiking the Coast-to-Coast and aliloop-of-the-lakes in England, that I became…Read
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post thru-hike gear wrapup: Kavu Fishermans Chillba
It’s not that I have anything against baseball caps. I often wear them hiking, biking, kayaking, running, skiing, climbing –…Read
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post thru-hike gear wrapup: Granite Gear Crown2 60
When I purchased the iPhone that would become my camera, typewriter, microphone, editing studio and means of communication with the…Read
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post thru-hike gear wrapup: Leki Micro Vario Ti Cor-Tec pole
Gusts were at “extreme gale” in exposed areas and squally showers blew sideways the day I crossed Nelson Lakes National…Read
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…and we have a winner!
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TA video: ready or not…
click for downloadable gear list for the Te Araroa – plus weights!
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Hammock Gear Burrow quilt review
I am afraid of heights. At least according to Ohio-based Hammock Gear, who – despite the name and mission –…Read
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Soto Amicus review
Amicus means friend in Latin, and I have a feeling this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Soto Amicus…Read
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gear list for the Te Araroa
Backpacking: An extended form of hiking in which people carry double the amount of gear they need for half the…Read
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TA video: Thru-hike prep with visual aids
Tenting tonight on the old camp ground. – Micki Simms
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The little light that could
Many years ago, my mom, who was a Forensics coach, took me with her to the All-State Finals to cheer…Read
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Balega socks review
If you want to hike with the ease, agility and the fleet-footedness of a seasoned ultra trail runner, and keep…Read
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Leki Micro Vario Ti Cor-tec review
The Leki Micro Vario Ti Cor-Tec is a foldable bomb-proof aluminum trekking pole with an awesome cork handled grip and outstanding adjustability.…Read
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Tarptent Notch Li partial solid w/silnylon floor review
The Tarptent Notch Li is a fantastic ultra light shelter for the solo thru-hiker looking for simplicity and durability, while…Read
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Granite Gear Crown2 60 backpack review
The Granite Gear Crown2 60 is a superbly designed ultra light backpack ideal for multi-day backpacking and long distance thru-hiking.…Read
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Stove test!
I leave for Northern England and the Coast-to-Coast in six days and until a few moments ago, I was still…Read
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And the winner is…
alicoop! My tent doesn’t look like much but, as an estate agent might say, ‘It is air-conditioned and has exceptional…Read
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sweet dreams
Which mattress do I take for the 192 miles of England’s Coast-to-Coast in June? There’s only one way to find…Read
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Boots or trainers?
I need help choosing footwear for the Coast to Coast walk in June. What do you think? Forget not that…Read
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home-on-the-trail
This is my new tent for the Coast to Coast walk next month. Let the beauty of what we love…Read
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Don’t shun (-tion) the “Ten Essentials”
Before any hike, you should ask the question “could I spend the night here?” – blissful hiker Have you ever…Read
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