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Get This Gear: Essentials From A to Z

We tested more than 500 products–stoves, clothes, cameras, filters, tech tools, knives, and meals–to find these proven performers.
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Ice axe

Everything you need and nothing you don’t: Petzl’s Snow Walker couples a light aluminum shaft with a strong steel pick and adze. Brake a glissade, chop steps, or stop a fall on steep snow. Perfect for backpackers looking to tackle Hood, Rainier, or a winter fourteener. $80; 1 lb.;

Instant coffee
This is what Italian ultralight hikers would pack. Premix dried milk with Medaglia D’oro Instant Espresso for a strong, rich jolt of caffeine. $3 for 2 oz.;

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