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April 19, 2018

Backpacking Recipe: Dehydrated Risotto with Spring Vegetables

backpacking meal

Risotto is one of our favorite comfort meals. It’s rich, creamy, and adaptable to any season. While we can have it any time of the year, spring is when we crave it most. It’s still kind of chilly out, so we want something that’s going to be filling and hearty. But at the same time, […]

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April 3, 2018

DIY Vanlife: How to Make a Sleeping Platform

Person putting duffel in van

Have you fantasized about taking off on an adventure, embracing the freedom of the road and sleeping comfortably in your car, wherever your tires take you? Whether it’s for a months-long trip or a weekend at the crag, this DIY sleeping platform will make your #vanlife dreams come true, thanks to a pullout design and […]

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March 27, 2018

How to Have a More Eco-Friendly Camping Trip

I recently returned from a camping trip with pockets bursting with single-use snack wrappers. As I shoveled it all into the garbage, I wondered how it was possible to generate more waste “roughing it” than I do in my city life. I wanted to do better so I consulted with three REI experts on how […]

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February 22, 2018

I Would But: I Am the Only Person of Color

Ambreen Tariq Hiking

How Ambreen Tariq, founder of @BrownPeopleCamping, is overcoming the “minority barrier” in the outdoors It was a chilly October morning. The kind where you see your breath for the first time that season. A light rain was falling as I crushed gravel under my hurried feet. I was about to go rock climbing for the […]

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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 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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