Author: John Pell

John Pell is Director of the University Writing Program at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. He teaches courses on adventure writing and mountaineering. He is an avid backpacker and mountaineer and enjoys taking his family into the wild places.

The MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe—impossibly light and incredibly efficient. With the pedigree of MSR’s larger stove systems, the Pocket Rocket Deluxe packs small enough to fit in your pocket. The Pocket Rocket Deluxe should be included on any adventure that would benefit from a hot beverage or snack. MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe Features: Consistently Fast: Pressure regulator maintains stove’s fast boil times even in cold weather & with low fuel. Ultralight: Just 83 g (2.9 oz) and ultra-packable; expands the menu options for ultralight backpacking. Push-Start Ignition: Fast, reliable piezo lighting; spark igniter is protected inside burner for maximum durability.…

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The Garmont Karakum Mid GTX is an athletic-inspired, waterproof-breathable hiking boot perfect for light and fast three-season use. An innovative lacing system, grippy soles, and a slim profile make these boots comfortable on the trail and in town. The Garmont Karakum Mid GTX Features: Utilized Garmont’s Anatomically Directed Design (a.d.d.®) to enhance your foot’s natural abilities Fit is enhanced by matching the natural shape of your feet Gore-Tex Extended Comfort Waterproof/Breathable Insert Vibram S1381 Megagrip Outsole Assymetrical Cuff Anatomical Tongue Differential Ankle Pads Precision Lacing and natural flex with roomy toe box MSRP: $159.95 Running Shoes or Hiking boots? I didn’t…

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This phrase kept running through my head while wearing the Arc’teryx AR 35: “It shouldn’t carry this well!” Lightweight and built of uber-tough liquid crystal polymer ripstop fabric, the AR 35 is a classic alpine pack with modern innovations perfect for mountaineers looking for a large winter day pack that can also serve as an overnight pack for summer mountaineering. Arc’teryx Alpha AR 35 Features: Main compartment pocket essentials pocket Micro-webbing hydration hose loops N315r HT nylon 6,6 LCP fabric is a high tenacity nylon with a liquid crystal polymer ripstop grid Dual haul loops/carry handles permit hauling or clipping…

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