Tag Archives: Backpacking

Pure Michigan: On the way to becoming a trails state

By Howard Meyerson Michigan has had a number of nicknames: The Water Wonderland, The Great Lakes State, The Wolverine State, The Mitten State; and now it appears we may get another: The Pure Michigan Trails State. A five-bill package introduced … Continue reading

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Gear Review: Solo Wood Stove |

Backpacking stoves are one of my favorite pieces of gear. I have to confess to owning many, going back far too many years. But this simple approach to cooking, using nothing but twigs, has a lot of appeal. Philip Werner … Continue reading

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Trail Towns: Communities adopting North Country Trail

By Howard Meyerson Saturday was National Trails Day, a celebration enjoyed by people all across the country. Hikers took to their favorite trails, venturing out with friends, family and organized groups. In Michigan, of course, there is reason to celebrate … Continue reading

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The right backpack: A good fit is essential to comfort, safety on the hiking trail

By Howard Meyerson Walk into any quality outdoor gear store these days and it’s likely you will find an overwhelming selection of packs for backpacking. There are big ones, small ones and middle-sized ones, too. Making the right choice isn’t … Continue reading

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Backcountry: Bear Spray

Last year was a bad year in terms of human/bear interactions at national parks. There are some who are suggesting that changes in climate may be contributing to the increase in attacks, having impacted the availability of natural foods. Whether … Continue reading

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Lightweight Haze Shaves Pounds for Backpackers

A 50-liter capacity seems awful small for a week on the trail, but there’s a lot to be said for a lightweight pack. The new Mountainsmith Haze weighs just 1.9 pounds, according to a post at Gearjunkie. If you are looking … Continue reading

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Reinventing Fire With Jetboil Camping Stoves

I have to confess I have looked longingly at the Jetboil stove system for a long time. I own an assortment of backpacking stoves that go back easily 30 years. Every one of them works well and each has its … Continue reading

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Going Light: The Warbonnet Blackbird Hammock

Over the years I’ve given hammocks some thought, even contemplated switching to one or another of the hammock shelters for lightweight backpacking. Now perhaps there is one worth testing. Jim Bradley, author of huskyhiker.com website, reviews this one on Section … Continue reading

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Going Light: Gossamer Gorilla backpack review

Hiker’s generally agree that next to scenery, good companions and maybe a small flask for a nip at night, nothing makes a hike or backpacking more pleasurable than carrying fewer pounds. And pack manufacturer’s have been responding with new, lighter … Continue reading

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Going Light: MSR tarp tent review

Finding the right, lightweight shelter can be challenging. It should be light, easy to pitch, sturdy enough for some nasty conditions and ventilate well. It ought not to break the bank either. Hikers increasingly are turning to tarps as a … Continue reading

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