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Gear Review: The 5 Best Headlamps

Gear Review: The 5 Best HeadlampsOriginally posted at: https://thebigoutside.com/gear-review-the-5-best-headlamps/

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Clockwise from bottom: Petzl Actik Core, Black Diamond ReVolt, Princeton Tec Sync, Black Diamond Spot, Princeton Tec Vizz.

Clockwise from bottom: Petzl Actik Core, Black Diamond ReVolt, Princeton Tec Sync, Black Diamond Spot, Princeton Tec Vizz.

By Michael Lanza

How do you choose which headlamp to buy for hiking, backpacking, climbing, trail running, and other outdoor activities? Price? Design and range of lighting modes? Go with a brand you know and trust? I’ve tested dozens of headlamps over the years. Here are, in my opinion, the five best models on the market today.

I favor models that meet five simple criteria:

•    Lightweight (no hiker, runner, or climber needs a heavy, bulky light).
•    Versatile and bright enough for everything from reading in the tent and managing camp chores to hiking rugged trail or route-finding off-trail in complete darkness.
•    Intuitive and easy to use, so I don’t have to consult instructions more than once, take off my gloves to operate it, or use a tool to change batteries.
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10 Awesome Fall Backpacking Trips

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By Michael Lanza

The imminent end of summer always feels a little melancholy. After all, it marks the close of the prime season for getting into the mountains. But it also signals the beginning of a time of year when many mountain ranges become less crowded just as they’re hitting a sweet zone in terms of temperatures, the lack of bugs, and fall foliage color. Autumn also stands out as an ideal season for many canyon hikes, with moderate temperatures and even some stunning color.

From Yosemite to the White Mountains (lead photo, above), Grand Canyon to Grand Teton, the Great Smokies to the Olympics, and more, here are 10 of my favorite backpacking trips that are best served up in fall.

 

Mark Fenton above the Lyell Fork of Merced River Canyon, Yosemite National Park.

Mark Fenton above the Lyell Fork of Merced River Canyon, Yosemite National Park.

No. 1 Yosemite National Park

Want to know the hardest thing about backpacking in Yosemite? Getting the permit. Well, okay, the hiking itself can be tough at times. But the competition for backcountry permits in this flagship park is stiff, especially for popular trailheads in and around Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows. That’s why backpackers in the know go after Labor Day. While early-season snowstorms occasionally slam the High Sierra in autumn, nice weather often lingers through September and well into October—my favorite time in the High Sierra.

With the population pressure eased up in late summer and autumn, you can often score a walk-in permit—without a reservation—for a five-star hike of almost any distance, hitting top Yosemite summits like Clouds Rest and Mount... Read More »

Mountain Berry Cobbler

Mountain Berry CobblerOriginally posted at: https://www.dirtygourmet.com/mountain-berry-cobbler/

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We taught cooking classes at REI’s brand new Outessa Summit last weekend. This was a festival celebrating women in the outdoors. It was held at Kirkwood Resort in Tahoe, CA, and was an incredible experience. We were impressed with all the women who packed their schedules with activities including rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, and sunrise hiking. We were glad to be there for them when they were exhausted and starving.

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We taught three classes: Campfire Cooking, Backpacking Cooking, and Fun Family Camp Cooking. Our first class of each day was “Campfire Cooking.” This was a fun class to teach, even though we couldn’t have an actual campfire on the premises. We did some magic cooking, and made this delicious and impressive Mountain Berry Cobbler in our virtual campfire. We got LOTS of positive feedback, and tested this recipe about 8 times, so we feel pretty confident that your co-campers will love it too.

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Spark Your Kids Interest with a Backyard Camping Adventure

Spark Your Kids Interest with a Backyard Camping AdventureOriginally posted at: http://www.beyondthetent.com/spark-kids-interest-backyard-camping-adventure/

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The American youth are at an incredible risk. This is due in large part to the growing divide between their everyday lives and the natural world Children today spend an average of 6 hours each day in front of the computer and TV but less than 4 minutes a day in unstructured outdoor play. (Chesapeake […]

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Celebrating a Year of Alternative Transportation

Celebrating a Year of Alternative TransportationOriginally posted at: http://blog.trailcooking.com/2017/09/01/celebrating-year-alternative-transportation/

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I realized recently that a year had passed since I have had a personal car. No fan fare really, more I just looked at the calendar and realized it. So what better way to celebrate than to drive home a petty point? Our local...

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Ask Me: What Gear Do You Suggest For Thru-Hiking the John Muir Trail?

Ask Me: What Gear Do You Suggest For Thru-Hiking the John Muir Trail?Originally posted at: https://thebigoutside.com/ask-me-what-gear-do-you-suggest-for-thru-hiking-the-john-muir-trail/

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Hello Michael,

I read your article about ultra-backpacking and how you did the John Muir Trail in seven days. I am planning on doing it, but would like to know, for an ultralight backpacker, what items did you use for tent, sleeping bag, etc.? And any feedback or thoughts that you have that would be beneficial for me would be much appreciated.

Thank you.

Joei
Covina, CA

Hi Joei,

Very cool that you’re making a John Muir Trail thru-hike. (The lead photo above shows the view of Half Dome, Liberty Cap, and Nevada Fall from the JMT in Yosemite National Park.) I did it in late August, and I think late August through mid-September is the best time of year to hike the JMT, because you’ll find a largely snow-free trail, the voracious mosquitoes of mid-summer are just about gone, and the afternoons aren’t as blazing hot as mid-summer.

My suggestions would, of course, apply to almost any backpacker who wants to go lighter and hike more comfortably in most mid-latitude mountain ranges in summer (although the choice of shelter would... Read More »

Everything You Need to Know Before Trying Hammock Camping

Everything You Need to Know Before Trying Hammock CampingOriginally posted at: http://www.beyondthetent.com/hammock-camping-beginners-guide/

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Close your eyes and imagine the perfect camping trip. What image comes to mind? It’s probably a tent tucked away in the privacy of your favorite camping spot surrounded by friends and family. Like most people, I grew up tent camping. And as an adult, my tent remained one of my top camping essentials whether […]

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25 of the Best Places to Go Camping in Utah

25 of the Best Places to Go Camping in UtahOriginally posted at: http://www.beyondthetent.com/best-places-for-camping-in-utah/

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Camping in Utah is one of my favorite ways to experience this beautiful state. It’s home to some of the world’s most extraordinary landscapes including sweeping deserts, breathtaking rock formations, rolling hills, rich farmland, forested mountains, and snowcapped peaks. Your options include tent camping, RV camping, and even free camping. Set up camp in National […]

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XL Double Parachute Camping Hammock

XL Double Parachute Camping Hammock“Finally, An Ultralight Hammock that Combines Comfort, Size & Strength!” The MalloMe Double Parachute Hammock is uniquely engineered to meet every hammock lover’s most demanding requirements: Size – There’s no denying that this hammock is large! Measuring in at over 10 feet long and almost 7-feet wide (larger than most adults!). This makes the MalloMe... Read More »

Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent

Coleman 8-Person Instant TentModel: 2011 Model. Spacious eight-person, two-room tent designed for quick assembly. Poles come pre-attached to tent, ensuring setup in 10 minutes or less. Exclusive WeatherTec system features thick waterproof walls and welded floor. Two doors and seven windows for full ventilation. Removable divider between rooms. Base measures 14 by 10 feet; center height measures 6 feet... Read More »