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I'm giving this maximal cushioning shoe a try as a possible solution to a painful neuroma on the bottom of my left foot, which makes walking long miles painful. No question it cruises over small rocks. Used by ultramarathoners, they tell me.

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Ursack S29 AllWhite. Carried this on the Colorado Trail in 2015. Worked great the whole time. No problems with critters. Fits about 5 days worth of food comfortably, 6 in a pinch with some creative packing.

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Fixing Your Feet: Injury Prevention and Treatments for Athletes - 5th Edition

Going on a long hike. Read this book *first*. Most people read it after returning from a hike in which they suffered. I can assure you, it doesn't do as much good then.

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Thermarest NeoAir Xlite Sleeping Pad. I'd rather sleep on this than on my mattress at home. Some say it crinkles. I've never been bothered by it. A lot more rugged than it looks.

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STABILicers Lite Traction Devices

STABILicers traction devices. I had a couple of people raving to me about these last night. I've never used them, but they could be cheaper a alternative to the Kuhtoola microspikes that everyone (including me!) seems to love. Read the reviews carefully to see if this is what you need.

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Lightning Ascent Snowshoes by MSR. Probably more snowshoe than I need most of the time, but I love these showshoes. Great grip when I am in awkward positions cutting a tree off the trail.

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Polycryo Ground Cloth. Extremely lightweight and fills the space under my tarp when I am just using the footprint. Easy to dry and clean when it gets wet. Just hold it in the wind for a couple of minutes!

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MICROspikes Traction System

Microspikes go into my winter backpack in November and don't come out again until May. Essential for walking lower elevation trails in winter.

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Made in US Army Military Surplus Woodland Camo GORETEX Sleeping Bag Bivy COVER

Made-in-US-Army-Military-Surplus-Woodland-Camo-GORETEX-Sleeping-Bag-Bivy-COVER. You can find this for under $50 on Amazon or E-Bay. I picked one up for sleeping outside on my 2015 micro-adventures, overnight wild camping outings to nearby places where I prefer to be discrete.

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MSR Carbon Reflex 1. Love this tent. Unless it's July and the mosquitoes are in full force, I generally replace the inner tent with a footprint and use it as a tarp. Plenty big enough for one person. Stood like a rock in Patagonia wind and rain.

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