Author: mountainmanpioneer

Internal Frame Backpacks vs Frame Stays: Which is Better?

When choosing between lightweight multi-day backpacks, which is better: a backpack with an internal frame or one with frame stays? It’s a question that confuses many backpackers who want to lighten their backpack weight but want to retain the comfort and load-carrying abilities that an internal frame backpack provides. In many cases, backpacks with frame …

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Backpacker Radio 49: Matt “Pretzel” Mason on Shaking Down New Thru-Hikers, Gear Advice, Wildland Firefighting, and Also Everything

att “Pretzel” Mason is a triple crowner, trail runner, sober hiker, former Mountain Crossings employee, wildland firefighter, gear snob, and all around character. His beard game is strong, and his opinions are stronger. If you liked the Pony episode, we think you’ll really enjoy this one as well.

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The Case For Pants > Shorts on the PCT

I hiked over 2,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018, and I sent my running shorts home after the first 100 miles. I bought a pair of super lightweight joggers and never looked back. Clothing on a long trail is a very personal decision, but here's what I know: Pants are better than shorts for hiking on the PCT, and I'll tell you why.

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Canada’s Great Trails – Hiking The Fundy Footpath

The Fundy Footpath is an approximately 41 km long trail that runs from Goose River on the western edge of Fundy National Park, New Brunswick to the Big Salmon River Interpretive Center about 20 km outside of St. Martins, New Brunswick, Canada.

It has been  repeatedly rated as one of North America’s and Canada’s top hikes, and it is a serious undertaking. The trail takes hikers through the longest continuous section of coastal wilderness south of Quebec. ...

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Appalachian Trail Hiker Found Dead in Pennsylvania

An Appalachian Trail hiker reported missing earlier this week was found dead Thursday, Oct. 17, near Bears Rocks in Lynn Township, Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania State Police said the body of Michael Kaiser, 56, was found at the bottom of a 30-foot embankment along the Appalachian Trail in Lehigh County. Searchers began scouring the woods Thursday after Kaiser’s truck was found on Wednesday, Oct. 16, near Bake Oven Road.
Police said Kaiser was an experienced hiker who often spent several days at a time hiking. ...

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Bourbon Brand Elijah Craig Is Releasing a Rye Whiskey in 2020

Elijah Craig fans have a great reason to be excited about the new year: There’s a totally new rye whiskey in your future. Elijah Craig Rye is an affordably priced bottle of something we’ve never seen from Elijah Craig (or many other Heaven Hill brands) before: Kentucky-style rye whiskey. According to Heaven Hill, Elijah Craig […]
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