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Desert hiking offers unique challenges for ultralight backpacking. Rocky soil that doesn't accept tent stakes, intense radiation from the sun, lack of available water sources, and vegetation that can rip ultralight fabrics to shreds means the ultralight backpacking enthusiast must not only be more careful in the desert, but make judicious choices about their gear. Read more about Backpacking Light Editor-in-Chief Carol Crooker tackles desert hiking and chooses her gear.
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