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Backpacking and the stuff that goes with it.

Sale all September


Moving sale. Items on sale to be added all month.

Bivysack.com

Foam pads $4 off

Bivysacks and liners $10 off.

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New, Bright Neon Yellow Reflective Mini Paracord


Use on tarp and tent tie outs, the bright color and flashlight reflective tracer lets you know where your shelter is at night and helps avoid tripping over the guy lines. Same construction as paracord but half size with 4 internal strands. Breaking strength 275 pounds. Diameter 2.4 mm.

Buy here. Also if purchased as an add on option with some tarps of tent, get a savings.

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Kettle Crest October Snow Peak Cabin NE WA


Snow Peak Cabin on the Kettle Crest Trail, Part of the Pacific Northwest Nations Scenic Trail

Snow Peak Cabin, Colville National Forest
Wood Stove with large pot for snow melt, propane for cooking, Wood is helicoptered in.
View from porch, looks like good skiing terrain, maybe some rock climbing. Cell service 100 ft to the east. No deer, needed to melt snow from water as the spring was unseasonably dry.

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Duplus 2 person Pyramids Back In Stock


https://bivysack.com/shop/ols/products/pyramid-duplus

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Harrison Peak Rock Climb (Selkirk Range, Idaho)


Route goes up center of face at juncture of white and grey rock.
Fall colors along the Selkirk Crest
Lots of boulders and small cliffs on approach. It took hours coming down after dark. Bring bright headlamps and maybe wands if climbing in the dark shoulder seasons.
Final two pitches. Too far left, we had to aid an overhang to get back on route. Guidebook calls this climb 5.7+ Grade II. Our route was more like 5.8+ A1 Grade III due to route finding challenges.

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Product Testing along the Chinese Wall in the Bob Marshall Wilderness


6 day hike the first part of August.

Large Burn Area with Fireweed flowers first day
Trying out new 30d Urethane coated ground sheet, 1/2″ thick Plastazote foam pad, trekking pole extension using a stick and the Duplus two person pyramid tarp. The ground sheet was a hit. not slippery like the silicone coated fabrics, very light and compact compared to Tyvek and much more durable than plastic sheeting. The 1/2″ Plastazote was very light to carry, put in a stuff sack and strapped to the back of the pack it supported the pack upright when on the ground for easy access to the contents. Plenty warm when sleeping. Lacking a little bit of cushioning when side sleeping on a granite slab.
Pole extension was a small stuff sack used during the day for tent pegs, at night turned inside out with sewn on straps that a stick fit into and could be strapped to a single trekking pole to form an adjustable tent pole
Duplus tarp (center tent) on Larch Hill Pass, the most distant point from our trailhead and at the end of the Chinese Wall. Very windy spot, staked out all hem staking points so the tarp remained standing. Decided the tarp needs one of the mid point tie outs on the back as well as the sides.
Chinese Wall looking south. Some wildfire smoke.
Grotto with waterfall at one of the camp sites. A baby water dipper was learning to swim while we were there. Sat on that main log and dove in time and again while the mother chirped at us from above.
interesting pink rock with ridges. Wonder what forces created this?
Russ and Dan Photo Shoot

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backpacking tunic


Bee Hive Lake, Idaho

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Fighting Off Cheatgrass


Plant that blocks cheatgrass. Wonder what it is?

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Lightest Folding Spork? 1.8 grams!


Handle even folds!
Or .0626 ounces

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Outdoor Ed Olympics during Covid, Aspen Country Day School


https://www.aspencountryday.org/blog/cqwclq3i3tb99xv2hvmxub256z6kx3

Pyramid Tarp Pitching event shown

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