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Into The Wind

The elements are relentless anywhere you go and Iceland is no exception. Although the fjords and stunning views evoke a sense of calm, powerful winds, and stinging cold can instantly shatter your pre-adventure expectations. After all, that’s why they call…

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Conquering “You’ll Nevers” with Heather Laptalo

Being told you shouldn’t do something is tough, but when multiple doctors tell you that you’ll never do something, most people nod their head and begin adjusting their lives. Not Heather. She’s skied, ran and climbed through countless obstacles, both…

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Choosing an Adventure Partner

By Bethany Hughes The weight of the pack on my back, the sun-warmed rock, small tufts of grass growing from the cracks where my fingertips gripped, my sweating palms, the glacial blue waters of Lago Viedma lapping 15 feet below….

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In The Land of Ice and Fire

A place where trolls exist, where the land is magical and the people are hard as  F*$%… how could I say no? In this edition of Therm-a-Rest Explore, photographer Robin O’Neil regales us with her tales of skiing and overlanding…

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Just Go!

Adventure is everywhere these days, and if we’re not on a trip or planning the next one, it’s almost certain that we’re hearing about someone else’s. Colorful dreamscape squares on our phones scroll alongside the realities of a cubicle wall, a…

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Therm-a-Rest’s Winter Dream Team

The Therm-a-Rest Dream Team is a ragtag crew of adventurers and explorers that, in our opinion, have some pretty incredible stories, objectives and pursuits. They share our draw to the great outdoors and also share our desire for a better…

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Bombardier Blood

Hemophilia is a life-altering disease. Your blood’s inability to clot makes deep bleeding a huge concern, especially at joints like your ankles, knees and elbows. Someone with this condition could let hemophilia stifle their desire to push their physical limits…

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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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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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Adventure Travel Makes You Better

Life is full of settings and circumstances that are full of valuable lessons. However, there are few experiences more ripe with lessons than adventure travel. Every moment of everyday has something to teach you. In this edition of Therm-a-Rest Explore,…

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