Osprey Talon 22
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Purchased summer 2012, reviewed September 2016 At a volume of 22 liters (or 20 for the small/medium size), the Osprey Talon 22 hits a sweet spot for day packs. This size is perfect for all the essentials for spring to … Read More

L.L. Bean Boots
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Purchased September 2015, reviewed September 2016, updated November 2017 L.L. Bean’s “Bean Boots” are one of those rare items that make it into the closets of both parents and their college-bound kids. They are a simple, durable boot: waterproof leather … Read More

Writing
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Writing One Man’s Mountain Alaska Landmine Special Feature, December 2, 2019 “The mountain goes unnamed on current maps and hikers simply refer to it as ‘East McHugh,’ but 1979 USGS maps briefly gave it its own name: Ruby…” Read the … Read More

Eagle to Peters
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Hiking from Eagle River to Peters Creek, in Chugach State Park August is a tricky time of year for hiking in the Chugach. The early-season excitement of May and endless daylight of June are long past, and the weather tends … Read More

Review Policies
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“The only sponsor I have is the Salvation Army, a place I can get clothes cheap.” – Dick Griffith, “father of packrafting” and legendary Alaska backcountry adventurer In general, having the right type of gear and knowing how to use … Read More

Walk to Fire Island
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I’m not encouraging you to do this trip. It’s probably not entirely safe under any conditions, and if the idea that this trip is “no big deal” gets around, it could have potentially fatal consequences for unprepared hikers. With all … Read More

Guidebook
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Guidebook Intel on Alaska hikes, climbs, and float trips. For more information about the Guidebook and how to use the information on these pages, click here. Chugach State Park Anchorage Talkeetna Mountains

Learn
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Learn Packrafting Packraft History 2002-2018: The Great Blow-Up Current Packraft Companies Anatomy of a Packraft Cockpit Configurations Gear Storage Accessories Paddles PFDs Repair, Care and Maintenance Raft Care and Maintenance

Salomon Quest 4D
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Purchased summer 2013, reviewed March 2016 Out of the box If you could breed a hundred generations of trail running shoes for burliness and grit, the Salomon Quest 4D GTX would be the result. Its lineage reaches back into Salomon’s … Read More

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