Solar Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, a rare total solar eclipse passed through the south-eastern United States.  The eclipse was forecast to be 97% of totality near my house, and I initially planned just to stay home to watch it.  A couple of days before the eclipse, however, I…

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Satellite Communicators

One safety-related device that can really spark a debate among backpackers is the satellite communicator. On one hand you have a group that argues they interfere with the wildness of the backcountry. And on the other hand you have a group that argues they are an essential…

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