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That Campin’ Feeling

After a hard day of cragging, trail running or paddling, your base camp should be an oasis that promises comfort, relaxation, and tranquility.

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The Art of Slowing Down

Bigger. Better. Faster. We get lost in the in this track of progression, not only in our daily lives, but even during our adventures. Sometimes, it’s important to slow down, to stop and smell the literal roses.

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Gear

Eric Hanson’s Jordan Trail Sleep System

Spending a month thru-hiking in the high desert means your gear will see a myriad of conditions, ranging from freezing desert nights to furious rains and inescapable heat. Eric knows the importance of a quality sleep system.

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Gear

Light is Right

There is a fine line between bringing too much and not bringing enough when going into the backcountry. Learn how to pack light without sacrificing comfort.

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Advocacy

Memories from a 1984 Sleeping Pad

When we buy gear that is guaranteed for longevity, it’s not only allowing our adventure fund to continue to grow, but it’s healthier for the environment as well. It’s gear we can count on for longevity and strength, designed for gnarly adventures.

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Why I Don’t Stress About Safety In The Woods

Adventure and risk can be two sides of the same coin. The outdoors is not always a “safe place”. It is, however, a good place. It’s wild. Untamed. Free. For these reasons, we lace up our boots, tighten our pack and take the trail. Still, in a distant part of our brain, is the fear.

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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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To the Warmth Degree

In the backcountry, every single element adds up. Every gram. Every calorie. Every inch. Every decision. All of these elements are multiplied during the winter. In this edition of Therm-a-Rest Beta, contributor Bethany Hughes gives us a few decision points…

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Gear

A Life Lived on a Therm-a-Rest Pad

My mom and dad are mountain people, to the core. In fact, they met in the mountains, on a trail in Washington state’s Olympic National Park. My dad was an Illinois boy, out west for the summer exploring himself and…

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