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August 8, 2018

The First-Ever Teen LGBTQ Outward Bound Trip

On a bluebird June afternoon, blue, pink and white flags waved as thousands of people pressed forward into Dolores Park for this year’s San Francisco Trans March, which took place the Friday before the city’s LGBTQ Pride Parade. Among those marching were seven teenagers, aged 15 to 18, and three trip leaders who were taking […]

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August 3, 2018

DIY: Dog Bed

Dogs like to get cozy as much as their human companions (some even more so). This DIY uses an old foam pad and sleeping bag to make a lightweight dog bed so your pup is as comfy as you on your next backpacking adventure. If you don’t have old gear lying around, check out a […]

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August 2, 2018

The Best Clothing for Humidity

Clothing that keeps you cool in humid conditions

Stepping outside into a muggy, sticky, stifling wall of hot and humid weather can be pretty miserable. Unfortunately, there’s no magic fix for that swampy feeling, which means improving your comfort is mostly about finding ways to lessen the unpleasantness by wearing clothes that help keep you cool. Here are four tips for dealing with […]

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August 1, 2018

10 Camping Items to Add to Your Emergency Kit

If you’re preparing an emergency plan, whether for a major earthquake, devastating storm or a relatively minor inconvenience like being snowed in for a day or two, you’re going to have to accept a level of uncertainty: Will the power go out? Will the roads be drivable? Will your phone work? The unknown is enough […]

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July 30, 2018

Should Youth Programs Include All Genders? Outdoor Organizations Weigh In.

Gender inclusion in outdoor youth programs has been a topic of discussion among organizations, communities and families for years. The conversation bubbled up again in May when the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced plans to change the name of its Boy Scouts program to Scouts BSA in February 2019, following a decision by the […]

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July 30, 2018

Meet 8 of the 2018 Southbound PCT Thru-Hikers

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a huge endeavor. It’s a physical feat, a wilderness challenge and an unparalleled life experience. Most people, to the tune of 50 hikers starting each day in peak season (April), begin from the Mexican border and hike north. But every year, a few brave souls decide to hike […]

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July 24, 2018

Backpacking Dessert: Blueberry Crisp

I have an insatiable sweet tooth, that won’t stop even when I’m in the backcountry. This summer, I’ve challenged myself to elevate my dessert game from the classic, but lazy, chocolate bar. That’s why I’m sharing my new favorite recipe: the blueberry crisp. And guess what? You can make it with whatever fruit you like! […]

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July 17, 2018

The Best Water Bottles of 2018

Best water bottles of 2018

Adventurers need to stay hydrated to get the most out of their outdoor sports, and that means always carrying the right water bottle for the job. Owning a few water bottles with activity-specific benefits—but which are all easily washable, leak resistant and durable—will encourage you to drink adequately around the clock. To help you drink […]

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July 9, 2018

Camping Cinnamon Rolls

I first came across backcountry cinnamon rolls on a backpacking trip with a pack of middle school girls. The girls swore the ooey gooey balls of goodness were the best part of the trip. I had to find out what the hype was all about later, since they didn’t save any for me. So, can […]

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