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2018 : A Dry Start for the West

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The Natural Resources Conservation Service data shows that as of January 2018 most of the Western States have had a dry start to the year. Washington, Idaho, and Montana currently seem to be in the best shape with a near to above normal snowpack while many of the other western states have snowpacks ...

Mountain Joe

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One of the many pleasures of backpacking in the mountains is waking up at the earliest hint of light through the tent, layering up, putting on the head lamp, and welcoming the dawn of a new day with morning coffee. There is a show time anticipation, an event like excitement associated with this ...

MLD Prophet CF : Thoughts a year later

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  In the quest to lighten my load over the years in 2017 I ended a lifetime of  mental and physical punishing trial and error by making the choice to purchase a Mountain Laurel Designs Cuben Fiber (CF) Prophet. Over the years I have been trending at a glacial pace towards ultralight bac ...

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