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Adventure Vacationing in the Wind River Range

I only get one chance each summer to spend a full week in the mountains. The week to unplug and explore is easily the highlight of my year. For the past seven years, I’ve joined a group of friends to…

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Video: How to Choose the Perfect Camping Mattress

Finding the right camping mattress can be like searching for the Holy Grail. Maybe you’re a backpacker chasing the perfect combination of warmth and weight. Or perhaps you’re a car camper hunting for that ultimate “feels like my bed at…

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Chasing Waterfalls in the Desert

 The waterfalls weren’t there an hour ago. Earlier this morning we awoke from our bivouac under the towering sandstone walls of The Maze, a remote labyrinth of deep canyons in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park. We’d noticed a drop in the…

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Backpacking TV: What to Pack

You might be quietly sobbing over the end of summer, but fear not. As nearly any backpacker will tell you, fall is really where it’s at. The colors are spectacular, the crowds a bit thinner, and the temperatures so perfect,…

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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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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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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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Behind the Scenes on the Mira Sleeping Bag video

When you hear, “We flew into Vegas and picked up an RV for a four-day video shoot in the desert,” you might conjure-up some sort of wild, Fear and Loathing-style debauchery. But if you did, you’d be wrong. Of course,…

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