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MSR Carbon Reflex 1 Ultralight Tent Review

MSR Carbon Reflex 1 Tent Review

The MSR Carbon Reflex 1 is an ultralight double-walled tent that weighs just 1 lb 7 oz.  It’s actually a second generation version of the Carbon Reflex 1, but now 11 oz lighter weight than the earlier generation tent I first tested in 2011. The weight savings come primarily from …

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Therm-a-Rest Prolite Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad Review

A torso sized Thermarest Prolite is a good way to cut down on the weight of a full size sleeping pad.

The Therm-a-Rest Prolite is a self-inflating sleeping pad with an R-value of 2.4, good for use down to 20-30 degrees fahrenheit. While self-inflating sleeping pads are not nearly as popular as they were 20 years ago, they are more durable and resilient than inflatable sleeping pads, and much less expensive. …

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How to Navigate with GeoPDF Maps

US Forest Service GeoPDF Browser at

Most US Government Land Management Agencies, including the United States Geological Survey, the National Park Service, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Bureau of Land Management publish FREE maps using a format called GeoPDF. Like Adobe PDF documents, these maps can be displayed on many different computers, tablets, …

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