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Higher summits for today's backpacking gear
Higher summits for today's backpacking gear

OK, California didn't get any snow again. Water rationing is now mandatory. Spring is the new summer. But look on the bright side: It's a great time to go backpacking. On top of that, the basic gear you need, the big four — boots, tents, poles and backpacks — just keep getting better. Just remember to stay hydrated. Bootstrap success Bogs Tumalo: The economical, waterproof, mid-ankle leather hiking boot has built-in pull-up handles. Likes: The boots go on effortlessly and can be worn painlessly. No more wrestling match, as the built-in handles (a Bogs signature, which I've not seen on other boots) made putting these on a breeze. Why hadn't anyone else...