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Backpacking TV: Campfires for Backpackers

The art of a responsible backcountry campfire is right up there with the art of the backcountry poo. Both are incredibly enjoyable, in their own unique ways, and both are more frequently practiced poorly than we all might like, leaving…

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Hit the Trail on June 6th

Now that winter is in the rearview mirror (officially anyway), hikers all over the country are dusting off their boots and preparing for summer hikes ahead. Kick off the season on June 6th with American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day….

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Tips

How to Pack Your Backpack

The parallels between backpacking and relationships are innumerable, if not completely contrived for the sake of this introduction. For instance, take Paul Simon and me. We’ve never been in a relationship, but he thinks there are 50 ways to leave…

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Stories

Two Weeks on the Buffalo River

America’s first National River, the mighty Buffalo, runs 153 miles through rough, wild terrain in Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains. I consider it my river. I grew up here—paddling in the spring and early summer, hiking in the fall. I know the…

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Gear

The “Meme”-ing of Self-Inflation

We saw this post on Reddit and laughed like these guys for a full minute. I mean seriously, it’s pretty flattering to have your own meme on the interwebs, and we firmly believe that you should always be ready to…

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Stories

Home Away From Home

We often view trips—and especially outdoor exploits—as a chance to “get away.” Traffic, people, cell phones, computers, laundry, grocery lists, etc: a trip to the mountains can be a great reset button when life in society is feeling overwhelming. Kim…

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Advocacy

Conservation Team: A Dynamic Duo’s Dream Job

Ever wish you could do what you love for a living? What if backpacking, road-tripping or paddling paid the bills? Meet Mike Morin and Amanda Peterson, aka the Access Fund Conservation Team.  Sponsored in-part by Therm-a-Rest, this dynamic duo has…

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Stories

Q&A with Northwest Photographer Jason Hummel

It’s getting more and more difficult the say the words, ”Skiing in the Pacific Northwest” and not have Jason Hummel’s name come up. Not only is Jason shooting some amazing ski and mountaineering photography, but he also happens to be…

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Gear

New Product for 2015

Imagine the world’s largest vacuum cleaner convention. Suits, ties, slick salespeople and some schmarmy, red-carpeted, faux-pillared and gold-embossed convention center on the outskirts of Vegas that was last renovated in 1977. Take the exact opposite of all that (except the…

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