Winter Shelters

Actually, this should really be called shelters for extreme conditions with snow since there are many places where “winter” could be handled with a traditional “three season” tent.  When I think “winter shelters” I am thinking something that can survive 50+mph winds, and a foot … “Winter Shelters”

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Tents

Single-wall Tents There are two types of single wall tents. The first is made using waterproof (or water resistant) breathable materials. These are typically free standing shelters designed for mountaineering, and have very similar designs such as those from Bibler, Rab, or Black Diamond. I like … “Tents”

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Bivy

Bivy’s are minimalist shelters which have a footprint no larger than the person they are protecting. They have the advantage of being very quick to set up and have a very low wind profile. Full Protection / Waterproof In most cases I would not use … “Bivy”

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Selecting Campsites

Some brief notes by other sectionhikers campsite selection Look for someplace with soft ground. Not only is this more comfortable to sleep on, but if it rains, the water will more quickly soak in. Look for someplace that has good drainage: slightly higher than the near … “Selecting Campsites”

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Stakes

Most shelters need something to keep them from blowing away. Most people carry metal or plastic stakes, though it is often possible to improvise using local material. Ultralight backpackers often use titanium stakes because they are strong and reasonably light. There is no one best … “Stakes”

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Backpacking

The following posts can provide a good overview for someone who is thinking and trying backpacking for the first time. Getting Starting Gear You Will Need Food on the Trail Getting a Good Night Sleep Survival skills Additional Resources… books, websites, etc I have some … “Backpacking”

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Backpacks

Choosing a backpack can be tricky, especially for someone who is just starting out.  You need to know what you are carrying  to choose the right pack, but if you are just starting out you don’t know what you are going to be carrying.  I … “Backpacks”

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Survival Skills

Remember the 3s You need air in 3 minutes (and to stop severe bleeding), to get warmth in 3 hours, water in 3 days, and food in 3 weeks.  The Wisdom of Abo Dude touches on most of the survival principles I learned growing up. Cody also has … “Survival Skills”

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Outdoor Gear

My recommendations are focused on backpacking gear, but most of the observations are applicable to a variety of outdoor activities.  Clothing Backpacks Sleep System Shelters (tents, tarps, hammocks) Kitchen Gear: Stoves, Cookwares, Water, Food Storage Other Items: Knives, Lights Ultralight Approach The key to ultralight is to use your head… … “Outdoor Gear”

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Getting a Good Night Sleep in the Outdoors

Many people under estimate the value of a good night of sleep. If you don’t cherish your sleep, you might want to read The Problem of Sleep which does a good job of documenting the value of sleep, what interferes with good sleep, and what the negative … “Getting a Good Night Sleep in the Outdoors”

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