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February 17, 2018

How Old Should My Baby Be To Go Hiking?

Mom and baby hiking

When a baby enters the picture, new parents often have a lot of fears and questions about hiking.  What kind of gear do you need? How long a trip should you plan? What if you drive to the trailhead and the baby starts wailing uncontrollably when you put him or her in the carrier? But […]

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February 9, 2018

Big Agnes Debuts a New Tent, Pad and Sleeping Bags

Big Agnes Tent

Lighter, comfier, better. It’s the gear we want this season Big Agnes is a company obsessed with getting you outdoors in comfort. The newest set of Big Agnes backpacking gear for spring—the Insulated AXL Air sleeping pad, Upper Slide and Katherine SL 20 sleeping bags and the Tiger Wall UL2 tent—definitely delivers on that mission. […]

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January 30, 2018

How to Choose the Right Backpacking Stove Fuel

backpacking stove fuel

Back when dinosaurs (like me) first roamed the backcountry, your choice of stove fuel was pretty much gas (in a sealed canister) or liquid (in a refillable bottle). Interestingly, if you’re a newbie hiker today, starting out with a gas- or liquid-fuel stove still makes the most sense. That’s not to say nothing innovative is […]

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January 27, 2018

How to Stay Warm in a Sleeping Bag

person in a sleeping bag

Whether you’ve just plunked down your hard-earned dollars on a brand new sleeping bag, or you’re still using a trusty old bag that’s seen better days, you can help ensure you’ll be warm and cozy on your next outdoor adventure with a few simple tips. To stay warm in your sleeping bag, follow three main […]

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January 19, 2018

Tips for Mountain Biking in the Dark

Mountain bike at night

If you believe mountain biking is over when the sun sets, think again. Riding at night transforms familiar trails into fresh challenges, extends your riding season and cuts down on the crowds. Before you and your riding buddies load up the bikes and head out into the dark, here are a few tips to keep […]

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January 17, 2018

Top 5 Places to go Canyoneering in Southern California

Canyoneering

The sport of canyoneering offers a chance to explore some of the most amazing landscapes and infrequently traveled terrain. Utah is known to have some of the world’s best and most unique slot canyons, but Southern California has plenty to offer, too, and most are a short drive from Los Angeles. Here are some of […]

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January 16, 2018

How to Pack for a Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike

Guts, gear and gnar: all you need for your packing list.   Holy cow, you’re amazing. You’ve decided to take on one of the most exciting adventures of a lifetime. But what now? How the heck do you pack everything you need for six months of your life? Don’t worry. I thru hiked the Pacific […]

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January 11, 2018

In Defense of Winter Camping

aurora borealis

An actual logical argument for why you need to go right now.   I hear you groaning through the internet. You think there is nothing I could say that could possibly convince you that camping in the winter is a good idea. It’s cold. Just you wait. I have legit logic on my side. Before […]

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January 10, 2018

Drawn To High Places: Mountain Artist Nikki Frumkin

Nikki Frumkin in the Enchantments

Nikki Frumkin is easy to recognize in the mountains. She’s the lanky blonde with a giant piece of watercolor paper strapped to her backpack. When she reaches the summit, she takes out a handful of brushes and breath-mint tin full of paint, finds a comfortable rock to sit on, and starts painting furiously. In homage […]

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