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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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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.
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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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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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.
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 »
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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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