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What is R-Value?

Choosing the type of sleeping pad you want, you’ll want to factor in how warm a pad is. You can do this by comparing a pad’s R-value.

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Tips

Lightweight Hiking Gear: 5 Thru Hike Essentials

With thru hiker season upon us for the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail, everyone is wondering about cutting pack weight. Most seasoned thru-hikers have their packing lists dialed and first-time long-distance hikers learn as they…

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Tips

PCT Thru Hike – 4 Important Lessons

I was bright-eyed and under informed. Somehow, “planning” on the internet didn’t quite ready me for some of the struggles I faced. As it turns out, long days putting one foot in front of the other is a great opportunity for reflection.

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7 Amazing Women Outdoors You Should Know

I’m forever grateful to my father for introducing me to the outdoors at a young age. The vast wild spaces of the west coast comprised our backyard and we camped and explored it with reckless abandon. Still, upon growing into…

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Tips for Thru hiking

Tips

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Thru Hike

Going on a long backpacking trip or your first thru-hike requires tips and knowledge for the trail ahead. Experienced thru hikers, Our Trailing Thought, gives us their list of seven things they wish they knew for their first thru hike.

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Mentally Preparing For A Thru Hike

What are you subjecting yourself to when you decide to go on a thru-hike? The positives are fleeting and the negatives are slow to disappear. Despite some people’s rosy, glorious, and admirable view of thru-hiking, it is not all rainbows…

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Gear

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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Gear

Caring for Your Sleeping Bag

The perfect sleeping bag or camping quilt won’t stay perfect without the proper care. Here are a few tips for how to take care of sleeping bags or camp quilts so you can keep your fluffy companion in tip-top shape…

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