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M Evaluating outdoor gear with open source hardware

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By Matthew Morrissey on July 30, 2014 in Technology » Research Reviews
As customers of the outdoor industry we want to know which gear works the best. Using open source hardware is a great way to evaluate our gear choices.

M MYOG: Backpack fabrics, features, and dimensions

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By David Chenault on July 30, 2014 in Techniques » Make Your Own Gear
Making your own gear is a frustrating and expensive yet very rewarding process. Making your own pack allows you to tailor it to your needs and is a fantastic way to learn about gear.

M Gear Guide: Packrafts

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By Ryan Jordan on July 22, 2014 in Gear » State of the Market Reports
Review the current offerings in the packraft market and find out which boats are most appropriate for a variety of purposes including alpine lake fishing, incidental river crossings, flatwater boating, expedition packrafting, and whitewater paddling.

M The Updated Foot-Care Kit

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By Darin Banner on July 22, 2014 in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
While moleskin still is an effective means to treating hot spots and blisters, new technology is emerging that is far more effective at treating sore feet.

Jetboil Joule Review - Part 1, Overview

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By Ryan Jordan on July 15, 2014 in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
The Jetboil Joule is a high-volume cooking system that performs very well in ambient conditions; however more testing in cold conditions is needed to asses its overall performance.

M Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 11

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By Damien and Renee Tougas on July 15, 2014 in People » Profiles
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine.

M How One High Sierra Trip Turned Into Permanent Nomadic Travel

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By Brock Delinski on July 08, 2014 in Places » Trip Reports
Getting outdoors often makes all the difference, and a long expedition can go a long way to transforming your life.

M Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 10

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By Damien and Renee Tougas on July 08, 2014 in People » Profiles
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine.

Delmar's Poll

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By Roger Caffin and Delmar O'Donnell on July 08, 2014 in Trends » Commentary
Delmar O'Donnell conducted a poll of BPL readers and teamed with Roger Caffin to relay the results which tell a lot about the BPL demographic and their backpacking preferences.

The Yellowstone Paddling Dilemma

By Chase Jordan on July 01, 2014 in Trends » Commentary
Hand Propelled Vessels are banned in Yellowstone National Park. This is in direct violation of the Park's founding principles. Not only should HPVs be allowed on Yellowstone's waterways but their presence will improve the health of the ecosystem.

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