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Camping, Hiking, Travel

Destination: Katahdin Woods & Waters Monument

Over the course of August 2020, I visited Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument twice. This marvelous and remote stretch of land is a solitude-lover’s paradise. Winding streams,...

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Camping, Hiking

Bear Bags vs. Bear Canisters

After hiking portions of the PCT in Yosemite, the John Muir Trail, the eastern High Peaks in the Adirondacks, and Denali National Park, the notion of carrying a bear canister …...

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Camping, Hiking, News, Travel

2020 Allergy Season: What Backpackers Should Know

Not to advance stereotypes about Jewish health neurosis, but bubbie wants you to take care of yourself out there, you know? According to AccuWeather we’re on track for a pretty...

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Camping, Hiking, Winter Activities

Cold Weather Backpacking

And with snow accumulating to around an inch, it was suddenly winter in Maine. I watched with envy this year as people concluded their Appalachian Trail thru-hikes, some as early …...

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Camping, Hiking, Wilderness Parsha

Sukkot 5780

An Excellent Holiday Entrypoint for Wilderness Backpacking, and to Learn about the Holiday You shall dwell in booths seven days; all citizens of Israel shall dwell in booths; so that...

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Camping, Hiking, Wilderness Parsha

Backpacking with Children

I was reading a piece by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks about priorities as related to Parsha Matot-Masei, where he cites Rashi’s commentary on Numbers 32:16. Moshe reorders the priorities in...

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Camping, Hiking

Lag B’Omer: The Perfect Wilderness Holiday

Let’s face it, most of the fun parts of the Lag B’Omer holiday are rooted in the aggagic stories concerning the origin of Kabbalah. If, like me, Kabbalah plays little …...

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Camping, Hiking, International Travel

The Israel National Trail

In honor of Yom Ha’Atzma’ut this week, The Kosher Backpacker is proud to present an overview guide and listing of resources to the Israel National Trail, or שביל...

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Camping, Hiking, Travel

Our Guide to a Wilderness Passover

We cover some of this in our book, The Kosher Backpacker, but as Pesach starts Friday night, there may be Jewish thru-hikers out there, or people availing themselves of spring …...

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Camping, Wilderness Parsha

Family Purity and the Outdoors

This week’s parsha, Tazria (Leviticus 12:1–13:59) continues the exposition of our purity laws. In this portion, there’s purity after pregnancy, and tzaarat, which is often...

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