11 Pieces of Gear for Returning to the Backcountry

11 Pieces of Gear for Returning to the Backcountry
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A buddy of mine who is thru-hiking the Colorado Trail, all 486 miles from Denver to Durango (follow Nathan Dolenc’s journey here), asked if I’d like to join him on the first leg. I wasn’t in great shape and hadn’t backpacked in over a decade, but “hell yeah!” was my paraphrased response. Hiking 104 miles to Breckenridge in six days would be a challenge, but that’s what I needed—a physical push and a week in the mountains. I also needed to shift away from over a decade of lazy, picnic table car camping; that’s mostly what my family has been doing since having kids, and we’ve enjoyed the luxury of not having to worry about weight. But now, ounces and grams are arguably the most important factor when packing for the backcountry. It was from this perspective, transitioning from heavy car camping to lightweight backpacking, that I began choosing what to bring, what not to bring, and what to bring next time. Here are some of t.... Continue Reading at Elevation Outdoors

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