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Mountaineering Gear Reviews
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When you are in the mountains, the right gear is often the difference between a sufferfest and something you'd like to do again. A good bag down bag is a game changer. The same with a tent that doesn't blow away. Luck you, our dedicated team of testers has bought, tested and compared the rest of the mountainista essentials: backpacks, boots, ice axes and altimeter watches.

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