Author: mountainmanpioneer

How to Manage Hygiene on the Appalachian Trail

o, you’re off to hike the Appalachian Trail. You’ve bought your gear and prepped your pack with advice from gear experts and hiker pros. But how to broach the subject of keeping clean and preparing for your (hushed tones please) period? Luckily, Julia “Rocket” Sheehan has put together a video (below) of her best tips on managing hygiene while camping.
Here are some of the biggest takeaways on how to keep oh-so-clean for anyone planning an overnight trip or a thru-hike on the Appalachian (and yes, ...

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Lap the Lift With a Fresh Snowboard Kit for the Frontside

If you’re looking for a new snowboard kit fit for winter 2020-21, we’ve got all the essentials to lap the lift for the frontside—from the perfect groomer-carving snowboard to a high-tech helmet. The Best Snowboard Kit for Winter 2020-21 1. Grid MIPS Helmet If you crash, the Grid’s ball and socket and its MIPS liner […]

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad Review

The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite has long been a favorite among thru-hikers on the country’s Triple Crown trails. It packs small, weighs about 12 ounces—closer to 15 ounces when the stuff sack, inflation bag, and repair kit are included—and has proven to be durable. The 4.2 R-value ensures three-season warmth.
Therma-a-Rest NeoAir XLite At-a-Glance
MSRP: $184.95 (regular)
Tested Size: Regular
Weight: 12 ounces
R-value: 4.2 for the men’s XLite, 5.4 for the women’s XLite
LxWxH: 72″ x 20″ x 2.5″
Packed Size: 9″ x 4.1″
Color: Lemon curry
Circumstance of Use
I finally got on trail for multiday loop hikes in late September and early October this fall, ...

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Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey pot pie with gravyOur poultry-per-capita ratio this Thanksgiving is ambitious, and I have Great Big Delicious plans for the leftover turkey, starting with this from-scratch Turkey Pot Pie! Like many of you, our Thanksgiving this year will be scaled down, but we have no intention to adjust the size of the bird. Leftovers are one of my absolute…

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Why (Do I Hike)

Nikola (Tesla) Horvat hiked the Colorado Trail in 2019 putting together this award winning video Very philosophical. Nature, Time, Community, Mental Health and Final Chapter. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. Nikola Horvat is a successful PCT and Colorado Trail thru-hiker, author, filmmaker, and founder of the Croatian Long Distance Trail. He pioneered the CLDT upon returning …

Thru-Hiker’s Gift Guide 2020: Under $200

The thru-hiker or backpacker in your life is probably busy saving for their next long-distance adventure, and we can pretty much guarantee they have a long list of items on their wish list. This collection of thru-hiker and backpacking gift ideas under $200 is a good place to start. We’ve listed a variety of gift …

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