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Backpacking Stoves -

We are often asked for an alternative to the Jet Boil type of backpacking cooker. The main reason for this is the stability or rather lack of, that these cookers can have. This is due to the height and narrowness of the base of the unit. The answer could be this Bulin Cookset.  

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Sleeping -

To the uninitiated, the choice of sleeping bags from an outdoor store can be somewhat bewildering.  There's season ratings, comfort ratings, extreme ratings, single ones, double ones, square ones (which are actually rectangular), mummy shaped ones, pod-shaped ones, and that's before we get into down or synthetic filled ones and the fill power of down bags. And then there's the question of fabrics and whether or not to use a sleeping bag liner. There's also the sleeping quilt to consider as well, as an alternative to a sleeping bag. It's a potential minefield to the backpacker or camper. In this article, I'll...

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Backpacking Stoves -

We've touched on lightweight backpacking cookers before. But this time we have survey results on what folks actually prefer to use. We table out the comparable weights of different cooking systems, including fuel and a pot. And we have a pros and cons of each different system. All in all, this is a comprehensive look at lightweight backpacking cookers. Lightweight Backpacking Stove Usage Survey. Let's start with the usage survey. This was conducted with folks that hike, car camp with lightweight kit, wild campers, canoeists, and cycle tourers. We had 564 replies, and folks were allowed to tick as many...

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wild camping -

Wild camping is becoming a popular hobby and past-time, however, in England, it is technically illegal. As a wild camper, I cannot just pitch up on private land and camp without permission from the landowner. This includes the National Parks. Except for Dartmoor where wild camping is allowed in certain areas, but with rules attached. So for this article, I am talking hypothetically of course. Why is wild camping becoming so popular? From discussions with customers, and my own thoughts on this. It is clear that many folks wild camp to get away from the stress of life in the 21st...

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Hammocks, Insulation, Sleeping -

In my first hammock insulation post, I talked about the different ways that you can keep warm in a hammock at night. This time I'll run through some of the pros and cons of each setup. You might be thinking that you have a sleeping bag already, and it's good enough to use in a tent. So why do you need to consider anything different for hammock camping? The reason is simple. Cold butt syndrome. Because the insulation on the underside of a sleeping bag is compressed, it provides very little warmth. We get around this in a tent by using sleeping...

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