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Blazing a Good Trail: The AT in Maine (Part Three)

the author contemplates a route up lower C Bluff

Getting to the top of C Bluff Mountain is our next mission. From shore it looks steep, rocky, dense, though the Bates party made it to the summit, ultimately blazing a spur trail for the AT. Surely we can gain the ridge without too much trouble. Read the conclusion of Alicia's attempt to recreate a 1934 AT scouting trip in Maine »

Writing a Killer Gear Review

Over the years we've noticed that the most useful gear reviews, whether positive or negative, come from thoughtful, observant users who approach their gear with a critical eye and infuse their reviews with the details of their experience. To help us all write great gear reviews and effectively share our experiences, we've pulled together some tips on How To Write a Killer Gear Review »

1% For the Planet Donation Contest

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Here's your chance to do some good for your favorite environmental cause, on our dime. Write a gear review now through December 31, 2007. One randomly-selected winner will decide which environmental group, out of more than 1,500 in 1% For the Planet's worldwide network, deserves $250. Click here for the details »

Recent Headlines

Review: AMC White Mountain Guide Online

Review: Primus EtaPower EF

Andy Skurka Finishes 7,000-Mile Global Warming Trek

2007 National Outdoor Book Awards Announced

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Recent User Reviews

Coleman Chinkapin X65 internal frame backpack

Mystery Ranch G-6000 internal frame backpack

Black Diamond ATC-Guide belay/rappel device

Vasque Pingora approach shoe

Sierra Designs Origami 4 tarp/shelter

Raichle 90-Degree EXP GTX mountaineering boot

Big Agnes Sarvis SL2 three-season tent

photo: Coleman Fyrestorm Ti
Coleman Fyrestorm Ti



photo: Sierra Designs Origami 4
Sierra Designs Origami 4

Casio Pathfinder navigation tool

Coleman Fyrestorm Ti multi-fuel stove

CamelBak Menace hydration pack

Scarpa Cumbre mountaineering boot

REI Peak UL Carbon Compact trekking pole

Katadyn Guide water filter

Mammut Stratus synthetic insulated vest

Browse all user reviews by date, type, or brand.

Do you have a favorite -- or least favorite -- piece of gear? Write a review.

Forum Highlights

Water purification in extreme conditions

Adjusting backpack correctly?

Closed cell pads

Fixing overpacking...getting a smaller pack?

Pico de Orizaba

Vulgarian Digest

War of the 2-person ultralight tent/shelters

TracMe locator beacon

Winter camping - first timer needs advice

Hiking in Africa

Join the conversation: all this and much more in the Trailspace forums

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Sales and Specials

Not many sales to be found this week as all the shops gear up for the big holiday shopping frenzy.


REI's winter sale runs November 16-25. Save up to 30 percent on skis, snowboards, accessories, and clothing. Camping and cycling gear, too!'s Thanksgiving sale runs November 21-25, with 20 - 40 percent off nearly the entire site and free shipping on orders $125 and more.

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