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After the year of darkness that was 2020, I needed to walk in the light of the Mojave desert.

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The Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Nano Travel Day Pack (MSRP: $29.95, 1 oz / 30g) is an 18 L summiting daypack that can be compressed to the size of an egg and tucked into a multiday pack for peak-bagging on longer trips.

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Andrew interviews backpacker turned bikepacker Matt Mason in a Bikepacking 101 conversation.

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