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Gordon Alexander

As a travel writer and photographer, Gordon spent the better part of 2018 visiting 13 different countries as far apart as Chile, Morocco and Vietnam. He is in New Zealand in 2019, writing a third travel book, while exploring pretty much anything that forms a bump on the Earth's surface.
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Silpoly vs Silnylon for Tents and Tarps: Pros/Cons and FAQs

People like me can talk about tents and tarps all day long. In fact, I could talk about tents and tarps, even if you filled my mouth with marbles, taped it shut and put me underwater. And to prove it, we have gone as far as analyzing the main fabrics used to make these products, …

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Do You Need a Sleeping Pad for Backpacking?

Getting a great sleep is of paramount importance to your backpacking trip. While you may be able to function properly after one restless night in the wild, imagine that happening day after day and potentially week after week. Therefore, what you decide to sleep on at night when camping out becomes a very important choice …

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Are There Grizzly Bears on the Pacific Crest Trail?

For the majority of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hikers find themselves firmly in black bear country. In the last 150 years, only one person has been killed by a bear in the PCT states of California, Oregon and Washington in the wild. So, you would be just as likely to die by falling over …

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What is the Best App for Geocaching?

Simply put, geocaching is the world’s largest and greatest treasure hunt, with more than 2 million different caches hidden around the globe. It is enjoyed by adults, children, and also adults looking to better engage with their children in an exhilarating outdoor activity, where exploration and discovery await in equal measures. The rise of smartphones …

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What Size Backpack is Good for Backpacking?

Backpacking involves getting off the beaten track, away from civilization, carrying everything you need to survive; including food, clothing, shelter and a sleeping system. But if you are looking to buy a backpack that is good for backpacking, but have no idea where to begin, then you can join the long line of people that …

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What Kind of Boots to Wear for Snowshoeing?

If, like me, you have walked a few too many overcrowded summer trails, then it might be time to consider pulling on a pair of snowshoes. Just imagine pristine, untouched environments with barely another soul around. Imagine being the first to slice almost effortlessly through freshly fallen snow, away from loud voices, dust-drenched air and …

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