Brian Doble, Triple Crowner

Not many people have hiked the three great American trails that make up the Triple Crown. Probably because it entails walking 3 500 kilometers along the Appalachian Trail (AT), 4 800 kilometers along the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) and 4 300 kilometers along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). By far the least traveled and most obscure trail, on and off the map, is the CDT. Brian Doble walked most of it with a fractured foot in 2010 and completed his quest for the Triple Crown. Here are some of his thoughts on thru-hiking and light gear.

By Jörgen Johansson

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Swesport 2011 gear news

Swesport is the trade fair for the swedish sports and outdoor business. It's mostly about gear and wear for the next winter, but we found some nuggets for lightweight backpacking too.

By Martin Nordesjö

OR Transcendent Beanie. Some people look good in any headwear. Some don't.
Outdoor Research Transcendent Down Beanie
I've had seagulls land better looking things on my head, but this one might be really useful. 650 cuin down, packs down to the size of a... compressed down beanie, and the weight is probably negligible. Around 30 euro.

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