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Gear Review: BeFree Water Filtration System 0.6L

A long time ago, when I was first hiking, I picked up a water bottle that was a filter, out of the Campmor catalog (boy, am I dating myself....). It rode with me for years, over thousands of miles of trails. I loved it: you scooped water, or stuck it under an overspill on a… Continue reading Gear Review: BeFree Water Filtration System 0.6L

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Gear Review: Optimus Vega Stove

I've been reviewing the Optimus Vega Stove, a remote canister stove recently. I have had a soft spot for remote canister stoves for years, as I find them to be stable with larger pots (2 and 3 Liter for example), where they hug the ground and you are not worried about tipping. The other is… Continue reading Gear Review: Optimus Vega Stove

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Cheap Gear Review: Venture Pal Packable Backpack

Sometimes you see a Lightning Deal on Amazon and wonder....is it too good to be true? But you can't resist checking it out. This was the case when I saw the┬áVenture Pal Packable Backpack on sale a few weeks back. I haven't had a lightweight packable "summit pack" in many years, and for less than… Continue reading Cheap Gear Review: Venture Pal Packable Backpack