Gear

Rise of the “Mids”

An ancient Egyptian erecting a pyramid (actually a Mega Light) near Washington Pass in the North Cascades. Rise of the ‘Mids’ by Andy Dappen In the outdoor world where needed equipment is usually strapped... Read More...

A Tale of Two ‘Mids’

Tale of Two 'Mids' by Andy Dappen Black Diamond Mega Light While a variety of pyramid-styled tents have come and gone over the decades, the most enduring product in this category is Black Diamond’s Mega ... Read More...

Ultralight Pack Smackdown

Outfitted for a seven-day trip with an ultralight pack (left) versus a load monster (right). by Andy Dappen Prelude: This pack review was originally prepared for Backpacker Magazine. A group of us did the ‘r... Read More...

Love of Tarps 2

  Pitched as an A-frame, the Hilleberg 10UL Tarp sleeps four yet weighs 1.5 pounds. by Andy Dappen In 2008 when I wrote the Love of Tarps article, I lied. In that article, I said that Love of Tarps 2... Read More...

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