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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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Planning Your First Sea Kayaking Adventure

Earlier this Spring, five friends and I went on a sea kayaking adventure in the San Juan Islands of Washington. We were all excited, but only a few of us had actually sea kayaked before. Luckily one of our team…

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An Adventurer’s Guide to Patagonia

You’ve been dreaming about this trip for months. After an expensive plane ticket and hours of travel, you shoulder your pack and head out. Pulling into the lot, your heart drops. Hordes of people mill about and there isn’t a…

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Doing a Desert Road Trip Right

The desert. An arid landscape that, despite its natural beauty, makes life very difficult. Huge temperature swings, lack of water and limited shade can make desert adventures difficult. However, those that venture out into this terrain are rewarded with glowing…

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It’s Cool To Be New

You dig through the pile of borrowed gear. This isn’t how you normally spend your weekends, but your friends promised they would show you the ropes and keep it mellow. Regardless of their encouragement, you are very aware of the…

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The Access Fund’s Guide to Car Camping like a Pro

There’s a certain feeling that accompanies crossing a state or county line. It fulfills our innate desire to roam and wander. New experiences and settings are on the horizon and a simple rotation of the steering wheel can take us…

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Dirtbag Discounts For A Lighter Pack

You’ve been strolling around the gear shop for hours, wandering aisles filled with packs, sleeping bags, stoves and sleeping pads. The shop’s employees and have given up on you. It’s not that you are trying to be difficult. It’s just…

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Crewing For An Ultramarathon

You look at your watch and realize you are only eight hours into the race. The morning started in a fog. A small cup of coffee, the constant bob of headlamps and last minute nerves before the starting gun. You’re…

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Headlamps Start to Finish

After a week of the daily grind, the weekend has finally arrived.  You have spent forty hours (or more) with your nose to the grindstone, daydreaming about what your weekend had in store. So, why not squeeze every precious second…

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Backcountry Camping with Kids

As outdoor natives, we spurn anything that keeps us from getting outside. Work. Injuries. Weather. Deadlines. The flu. Societal norms. However, not all of these are doomed to be obstructions to your adventures. A finger injury while climbing can lead…

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Camp Recipes for an Open Fire

Let’s be honest, food tastes better after a hard day on the trail. Even a PB&J tastes delicious after a few hard hours of climbing or paddling. However, there are times where days outside need to be followed by a…

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Gender Studies on the Trail

The outdoors define many of us. It dictates the way we spend our time, money and daydreams. It can change our politics, philosophies and perspectives. However, sometimes our social norms and physical differences can lead us to perceive and, it…

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