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32North Stabilicers

Rugged Vibram soles studded with 17 replaceable steel screws. Fits almost any shoes. Seems more durable than the other non-crampon choices.
32North Stabilicers
Big Agnes Air Core Sleeping Pad

One of the "standards" in sleeping pads. Not the lightest or the most cushioned but a good compromise.
Big Agnes Air Core Sleeping Pad
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 Footprint

Must have item for under a tent.
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 Footprint
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 Tent

Very lightweight backpacking tent. Room for two is limited. Set up is easy but practice before you have to set it up.
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 Tent
Black Diamond Raven Pro

A light ice axe with an aluminum shaft and stainless steel head. A nice tool if you need one.
Black Diamond Raven Pro
Black Diamond Trail Shock Compact Trekking Pole

Black Diamond's FlickLock may be the most secure of all. These are compact so they might not work for taller hikers.
Black Diamond Trail Shock Compact Trekking Pole
Camelback Cleaning Kit

Complete cleaning and drying kit for the Camelback bladders.
Camelback Cleaning Kit
Camelback Hydrolock

Valve to completely shut off water flow from a Camelback bladder. Also includes a right angle bend to make drinking easier.
Camelback Hydrolock
Camelback Omega 100

100 ounce (3L) bladder for inclusion in hydration compatible packs.
Camelback Omega 100
Camelback Thermal Control

Thermal insulating sleeve for Camelback bladders.
Camelback Thermal Control
Everlite Solar LED Headlamp

Solar rechargeable light. Never seems to reach maximum charge but it is bright and settings are adequate.
Everlite Solar LED Headlamp
Garmin Etrex Vista GPS

Good mid-level unit from Garmin. Many GPS units do not calculate distance correctly in the mountains.
Garmin Etrex Vista GPS
Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx

Unit favored by many hikers due to its larger color screen and exceptional sensitivity and ability to hold a signal. A little too big for most pockets!
Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx
GSI Divided Plate

Lightweight plate for backpacking.
GSI Divided Plate
GSI Lexan Bowl

Lightweight bowl for backpacking.
GSI Lexan Bowl
GSI Lexan Cup

Lightweight cup for backpacking.
GSI Lexan Cup
GSI Lexan Mug

Lightweight mug for backpacking.
GSI Lexan Mug
GSI Lexan TEKK Cutlery Set

Lightweight utensil set for backpacking.
GSI Lexan TEKK Cutlery Set
GSI Telescoping Spatula

Collapsible spatula for backpacking cooks
GSI Telescoping Spatula
GSI Telescoping Spoon

Collapsible spatula for backpacking cooks
GSI Telescoping Spoon
Heatsheet Blanket

Emergency blanket reflects body heat inward. Not a substitute for a bivvy.
Heatsheet Blanket
Hillsound Trail Pro Crampon

Fits any shoe and goes on easily. Should be adjusted to the boot before use.
Hillsound Trail Pro Crampon
Kahtoola MicroSpikes

When crampons are too much but bare boots are slipping all over the place. Elastomer body has been known to snap.
Kahtoola MicroSpikes
Katadyn Exstream

Filters almost all harmful elements out of water.
Katadyn Exstream
Kelty Taku +15

Roomy enough. Warm in the temperature range it was designed for. Easy to vent. Relatively light.
Kelty Taku +15
Komperdell Trail Lite

My wife LOVES these poles and uses them on EVERY hike and while walking around town. Very light but sturdy.
Komperdell Trail Lite
Komperdell Walking Tip

Feet for the Komperdell poles so that my wife can use them on paved roads.
Komperdell Walking Tip
LEKI Carbon Ergometric Trekking Poles
LEKI Carbon Ergometric Trekking Poles
Leki Makalu Classic Retro Trekking Poles

Another good pole from Leki with cork grips. These grips are favored by some for being more absorbent and less slippery than synthetic grips.
Leki Makalu Classic Retro Trekking Poles
Leki Makalu

These poles can be used year round for hiking or snowshoeing.
Leki Makalu
LEKI Thermolite Antishock Trekking Poles
LEKI Thermolite Antishock Trekking Poles
Magellan Explorist 400

Enough storage for the NYS Catskills and more. Contacts on back of unit corrode with sweat. POOR DESIGN.
Magellan Explorist 400
Magellan Meridian Gold

Out of date unit was a little large. Works on AA batteries but compartment poorly planned!!
Magellan Meridian Gold
Mayadust

High resin content makes starting fires easier.
Mayadust
Mountain Hardwear Nutshell High Gaiter

Nice high gaiter with venting to try to prevent legs from getting too sweaty.
Mountain Hardwear Nutshell High Gaiter
Nalgene WideMouth

A good choice for non-bladder hydration. New Triton models are without BPA.
Nalgene WideMouth
Nikon Binoculars

Nikon has great optics. Bulky to carry but worth it when you are viewing over great distances.
Nikon Binoculars
North Face Cats Meow 20 Sleeping Bag

A good bag for cool and warm weather. Will be hot in the summer and a little too cold in the depth of winter.
North Face Cats Meow 20 Sleeping Bag
Orikaso Solos Set

Ingenious tableware that folds flat to rake up virtually no space.
Orikaso Solos Set
Outdoor Research Bug Out Gaiters

Short gaiters made to keep dirt and sticks out of your boots in drier weather. Treated with a repellant to keep bugs off also!
Outdoor Research Bug Out Gaiters
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