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Episode 74 | Shelter Stakes for Winter Camping
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Superior Wilderness Designs Movement 40L Backpack Review

This review focuses on the modularity of the Superior Wilderness Designs Movement 40L backpack. In particular, the Movement has the ability to morph from a frameless to a framed pack with a suspension capable of carrying 35 pounds (15.9 kg) or so.

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In this Member Q&A, we'll provide the foundations for recognizing avalanche hazards and a framework for avalanche risk management.

Episode 73 | Avalanche Awareness for Backpackers

In this episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast, you're going to learn about avalanche awareness in the context of winter hiking, snowshoeing, and ski touring.

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