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Month: June 2019

SOUTH MOUNTAINS STATE PARK

SOUTH MOUNTAINS STATE PARK

Why we like it: South Mountains State Park is a great option for new backpackers and anyone wanting a quick weekend getaway.  I may be biased because this is where I went for my first ever weekend backpacking trip and now I take new backpackers here on their first trip.  One of the things that makes it great for beginners is the park’s 24 primitive backpacking sites require reservations, so we can pull into camp and not worry about finding…

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GETTING FITTED FOR A BACKPACK

GETTING FITTED FOR A BACKPACK

Self-acceptance: Trying on bathing suits in ill-lit dressing rooms no longer bruised my ego because I had finally achieved acceptance of my body as it is, or so I thought.  Then I tried to get fitted for a backpack and came to the crushing realization that I’m apparently a freak according to backpack manufacturer standards. Two months of searching, multiple stores, and random employees telling me the pack “looked fine so how could it possibly be killing my back?” and…

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