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Best Gear for an Epic Mountain Adventure

September 18, 2018 in History

By Lesley Kennedy

Long to become an off-grid winter expert like the cast of ‘Mountain Men’? Looking to elevate your next snowy trail hike or camping trip? Take things up a notch with this selection of outdoor gear. The mountains are calling.

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WALK THIS WAY

Whether you’re navigating wintry backwoods terrain, looking for a quad-burning workout or simply out to enjoy a scenic stroll through the fluffy stuff, that’s not only a warm knit hat, but also features a built-in headlamp with two modes—white light or flashing red and blue lights—so you can see and be seen in the dark. Washable. $9, Amazon

CHOP, CHOP

You don’t have to be a lumberjack the likes of Paul Bunyan to know the value of a good axe when you’re mountain-bound. This sleek 17.5-inch Gerber Freescape hatchet features a durable forged-steel head and composite handle, making it easy to use without a lot of hand strain. Babe the Blue Ox not included. $45.50, Amazon

SPARK IT UP

Building a fire on a cold mountain night can make the difference between a comfortable campsite and the possibility of frostbite or hypothermia. If you can rub two sticks together to start a fire, well—more power to ya. For the rest of us, we’ll rely on the Zippo Emergency Fire Kit, which includes five lightweight paraffin wax-coated cotton tinders, a Zippo flint-wheel lighter and a water-resistant, floatable case. $9, Amazon

WILDERNESS STYLE

Winter rule No. 1? Don’t leave home without a hat. This chocolate-brown Stetson “Pawnee” fur-felt cowboy hat is a classic, durable, American-made style with a brown leather concho-adorned band. Bonus: a fabric moisture-wicking sweatband to keep you feeling as cool as you look. $156-$203, depending on the seller, Amazon

THE HEAT IS ON

If there’s one thing we don’t want to sacrifice—like, ever—it’s a hot-cooked meal. So, the MSR PocketRocket 2 folding-canister backpacking stove is a must in our adventure kit. Easy to use and able to boil a liter of water in less than four minutes, it’s ultra lightweight (2.6 oz.), compact (2 x 2 x 3 in.) and works with a variety of pot sizes. Dinner is served. $45, Amazon

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