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NZ: Backpacking The Kepler Track in 2 Days

The Kepler Track was my favorite of the two Great Walks we hiked in New Zealand. The other, the very popular Milford Track, had similar scenery, but none of the breathtaking ridgeline views that make the Kepler Track unique. The Kepler Track is one of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks. It is an easy trek to plan because it is ...
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Why Endurance Athletes Should Cross-Train with Yoga

Endurance Sports & Fitness Magazine Article by: Payge McMahon If you are an endurance athlete (or aspire to be one), you need to cross-train with yoga. It will make you stronger, and increase your stamina, flexibility, agility, balance and mental focus. Yoga began more than 5,000 years ago in Northern India. It was originally designed to calm the mind and ...
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Review: Ultimate Direction Fastpack 20L

Overview  The Fastpack 20L is a good ‘go-to’ pack for day-hikes, ultralight backpacking, climbing a Colorado 14’er or a carry-on bag when flying. Pros Light weight Can carry a lot of stuff Comfortable (as long as you don’t over pack) Cons It doesn’t have a hip-belt A water-proof cover is not provided by UD Snap Shot Capacity: 15L – 23L ...
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Review: WindPouch GO Inflatable Hammock

Overview The WindPouch Go inflatable hammock is a convenient and fun outdoor ‘lounge chair’ that you can bring anywhere. Great for the beach, mountains, backyard or watching a kid’s softball game at the park. Pros Super easy to inflate when there is wind Comfortable Cons If there is no wind, you’ll have to run around to scoop air into the bag. Snap ...
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Review: Spark II Sleeping Bag by Sea-to-Summit

Overview The Spark II, rated for 35°F/ 1°C , is an ideal ultra-lightweight, super compressible sleeping bag for three-season camping, backpacking and self-supported ultra-marathons. Pros When compressed, it fits into the palm of your hand. Warmer than expected Cons Depending on preference, how much one moves when sleeping, some may not like only being able to unzip the bag 1/3 ...
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