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5 Reasons to Ditch Your Puffy

Sometimes you have to look in the mirror (or dusty van window) and ask the tough questions. This is especially important for the truths that are casually accepted with little to no resistance. For instance, why do we mindlessly start…

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The Results of Resting Better

Sometimes, the idea of roughing it in the great outdoors primes our minds to think ‘uncomfortable’ and ‘rough’. Some even impart an air of austere purity to suffering while out in the backcountry. But should this be the case? Should…

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Gear

Sleep System Basics for Building Warmth

I was in the Smoky Mountains the first time the cold kept me awake all night. My 28-degree sleeping bag did everything it could to keep the heat trapped around my body amidst the sub-freezing temperatures, but it wasn’t enough….

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You Can’t Always be High and Dry

There’s not much that can ruin a trip to the mountains, but rain and water sure can dampen the mood. Within minutes, a heavy rain can leave you shivering with wet soaks and aching feet. Morale can drop quickly and…

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31 Days of ROCKtober

Highway 120 climbs up from Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Meadows, shedding temperatures and crowds with each mile, the granite shrinking and taking on gentler angles and faces. A chill wind trails us as we drive the two-lane road through enchanted…

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7 Tips for Fall Camping

That crisp autumn air in your nostrils, the soft crunch of fallen leaves, the golden glow of an early sunset, less people, fewer bugs…camping in the fall is the best. Whether embarking on a late-season backpacking trip or shuttling the…

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Gear Tips

How To Wash a Sleeping Bag

Dirt, grime and oils on the surface of your bag will slowly work into the fill of your bag causing it to lose loft and warmth. In order to keep your bag performing at it’s best, we’ve laid out how to wash a sleeping bag and quilt.

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Blowing It Up: How to Inflate a Therm-a-Rest Sleeping Pad

Ask anyone: A good night’s sleep while camping or backpacking can make all the difference in your outdoor adventures. Therm-a-Rest sleeping pads are renowned for their comfort and convenience, and knowing how to properly inflate them quickly and efficiently is…

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How to Build a Fall Sleep System

A proper fall sleep system gives you the ability to capitalize on the exquisite shoulder season of autumn—no bugs, fewer crowds, no sweltering heat. Depending on where you are though, shoulder season can be hard to plan for. It is…

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