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Why Choose a SpeedValve?

In 2016, we released a revolutionary new valve that could inflate your mattress three times faster than a standard valve. Since then, we’ve made updates and added resources to help campers improve their experience. Now, there are plenty of reasons…

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Ode to the Everyday Adventurer

So-and-So completes AT speed record. Such-and-Such climbs new 5.14 route in exotic locale. What’s-Their-Name completes first ascent of remote peak in a country I have trouble pronouncing. Model-worthy surf couple builds island home to live by perfect break. Outside mags…

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Stories

Adventuring in the Great Smoky Mountains

The outdoors are chock-full of breathtaking scenes, many completely unplanned. The sun breaking through the fog of morning. The perfect mirror reflection in an alpine lake. A pair of birds gliding together through a cloudless blue sky. However, some of…

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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 Inside Scoop on the Outdoor Poop

The mountainous terrain around Estes Park, CO is stunning. High alpine meadows stretch on for miles in Rocky Mountain National Park, and the forests and canyons throughout the area offer something to marvel at in every direction. I spent two…

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Gear

Transitions: Gear For Shoulder Seasons

Dialing in your gear is tough, but selecting your kit during shoulder seasons is even harder. After a summer of backpacking, it’s hard to know exactly when to start packing the puffy and warmer bag or when to stop packing…

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Minuteman Adventures

You want to respond “yes”, but you can’t bring yourself to press send. You haven’t really been training and there’s grocery shopping to do and errands to be run. Plus, that new movie comes out tomorrow. Finally, you bite the…

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Stepping Into Something New

You’ve never been one to shy away from a challenge, but venturing into unknown territory is always a scary prospect. Whether it’s starting a new job, moving to a new city or venturing into a technical outdoor pursuit, the new…

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Mike Libecki’s Advice for Adventure

I’ve been on more than 65 expeditions and over 20 of them have been solo missions. I’ve learned that when I’m climbing and adventuring many days and miles in the backcountry where a rescue may not be an option, preparation…

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Gear Lessons From Everest

Every adventure has lessons to teach. Like that one backpacking trip that taught you to always check out the scenic overlook, even if it means a mile detour. Maybe that one rafting trip that taught you to always pack a…

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On Top Of The World

What happens when you end up on a three-week trip to attempt the highest peak in the Western hemisphere with four strangers? You quickly learn how to have fun while staying safe with your new team. After all, what other…

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