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Should I Filter My Water on the PCT?

Should I Filter My Water on the PCT?

With the thru-hiking season around the corner and rain and snow still very much part of the PCT landscape, the repeated question around water filtering comes up. When you are out in the middle of nowhere, in the backcountry, getting water from a stream, do you really need to filter that water? To jump to the conclusion: yes, you need to filter water on the PCT.  And now a bit more: Why filtering water in the backcountry? Despite the very tempting look of a refreshing stream on a warm summer day, the primary source of what gets us sick outdoors...

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Gilad Nachmani
Ideas For What To Use To Scoop Water

Ideas For What To Use To Scoop Water

We often hear how much people love their Vecto and how it has made water collection so much simpler for them.

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Lauren Hudgins
My Dad's First Outdoor Gear

My Dad's First Outdoor Gear

While growing up in central Maryland, my father was the one to introduce me to camping, hiking, and canoeing, which he had been doing for decades. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, during WWII, where he lived until he went to college at Sewanee in 1959. In the late 40s and 50s he was a Boy Scout and then a Senior Scout (Explorer) and that's how he got introduced to outdoor activities. Two books I found on Dad's bookshelf: The Camper's Bible (1970) and  The Sierra Club Wilderness Handbook (3rd printing: 1968)  Most of their Boy Scout gear came from army surplus,...

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Gilad Nachmani
Upgrading 3 Season Gear to 4 Seasons on a Budget

Upgrading 3 Season Gear to 4 Seasons on a Budget

Getting into four season gear can be pricey: warmer sleeping system, more complicated layering, new footwear solutions, etc. In reality, if you have a solid three season system, getting to four seasons (snowy winters) doesn't have to cost a fortune or be very complicated. First, let's break down the main changes that need to be made: Increasing the warmth of your sleeping system: sleeping pad and insulation Estimating the need for a 4 season shelter Updating to a 4 season cooking system Adjusting to the appropriate layering system Choosing and getting the right footwear Finding the right balance at camp With that outlined,...

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