Author: mountainmanpioneer

The Best Outdoor Gear Deals of the Week: Week of 6/10

Don’t forget about Father’s Day coming up next week. Consider this our gift-giving guide for all the outdoorsy dads out there.

MSR Carbon Reflex 2 Tent
$399.99
From $499.95: Save 20%
29oz

NEMO Sonic 15 Sleeping Bag
$335.99
From $449.95: Save 20%
3lbs

Gregory Jade 63 Pack – Women’s
$171.73
From $229.95: Save 25%
3lbs 10oz

Arc’teryx Covert Hooded Fleece Jacket – Women’s
$159.96
From $199.00: Save 20%

Patagonia Men’s Lightweight Synchilla® Snap-T® Fleece Pullover
$59.00
From $119.00: Save 50%

This color only, ...

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Gossamer Gear Ranger 35 Backpack Review

The Gossamer Gear Ranger 35 is a technical day pack that’s ideal for day hiking, hut-to-hut hikes, multi-sport trips, and travel with numerous external and internal pockets for keeping yourself organized. Weighing 33.9 oz, it’s fairly burly for a Gossamer Gear backpack, weighing more than the company’s ultralight Mariposa 60 liter multi-day backpack, but that’s …

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A Thru-Hiker’s Thoughts on Finality

Before I begin, please allow me to apologize for not posting in the last 500 miles—I did not realize how challenging it would carve out a few hours during a zero to write.

The Beginning
It’s April 29th, the day I begin the trail. I sit up and stare out of the windshield, still groggy from my 20-minute nap in the car and 5 hours of sleep that past night. Instead of being greeted by the sunny, ...

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Griz’s AT SOBO Intro

Who are you?
Greetings! My (trail) name is Griz. I’m 24 years old from Charleston, SC. I graduated from the College of Charleston in 2017 and hiked the PCT that summer. It was such a positive experience that shortly after finishing and getting settled back into the “real world”, I set my sights on hiking the AT and CDT in the subsequent years, thus completing the Triple Crown. Due to the logistics and my finances at the time, ...

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2100 down, 100 to go (Hot Springs to Damascus)

I’ve now hiked over 600 miles this spring and over 2,100 miles total in the last 12 months! I’m currently in Bland, VA and have less than 100 miles remaining until I finish.
Hot Springs was a blast!
There was a big music festival in town with 3 stages. They had some great bands and a tent with a reggae DJ that kept me there way too late.

I stayed at Elmer’s Sunnybank Inn while I was in Hot Springs. ...

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Snow Patrol, Dino Photo-Op, and then Back into the Furnace – Days 12-15

Day 12
Mileage: 180.8-200.5 + 2 miles for San Jacinto
We woke up to our chilliest morning yet and dinked around not wanting to get out of the tent. It was a morning with two passengers aboard the struggle bus. We had around 4 miles to get to the top of Mt. San Jacinto, a peak that is not a part of the PCT, but we didn’t want to walk right by without seeing it.
We both had our micro spikes that we picked up in Warner Springs and were glad we had them. ...

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Tehachapi to Lake Isabella

Mile 566.5 to 580.6
Day 33
Woke up at trail angel Brenda’s house only to realize the power was still out from the storm the afternoon before. We had piled onto the couch with pillows and blankets galore, so the night went quick and comfortable.
We hung around until about 11, finishing up our laundry when the power finally kicked back on. Annie, Sheriff Woody’s girlfriend, gave us all a ride to the trailhead. Thunder boomed in the not far off distance, ...

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