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Gear

You Can’t Always be High and Dry

There’s not much that can ruin a trip to the mountains, but rain and water sure can dampen the mood. Within minutes a heavy rain can leave you shivering with wet soaks and aching feet. Morale can drop quickly and…

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Gear

Why Choose a SpeedValve?

In 2016, we released a revolutionary new valve that could inflate your mattress three times faster than a standard valve. Since then, we’ve made updates and added resources to help campers improve their experience. Now, there are plenty of reasons…

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Tips

The Inside Scoop on the Outdoor Poop

The mountainous terrain around Estes Park, CO is stunning. High alpine meadows stretch on for miles in Rocky Mountain National Park, and the forests and canyons throughout the area offer something to marvel at in every direction. I spent two…

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Tips

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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Tips

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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Advocacy

A Trip to Change a Life

Think back to your first camping trip. The first memories that hit you will probably be of ghost stories, s’mores or wildlife sightings. Maybe you learned to pitch a tent or build a fire or how to leave your campsite…

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Tips

Taking Kids Into the Backcountry

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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Tips

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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Gear

The Game Changing SpeedValve

Forget the old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” If the great innovators of the world thought that way, we’d still be reading by kerosene lamps, writing with quill pens and sleeping on beds stuffed with straw. Here…

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Stories

In Search of Sun and Surf

The plan was simple. The American West. Where and when exactly? We didn’t know. All we knew is that we were heading south, with the intention of escaping the harsh Canadian winter and eventually finding ourselves basking in the warm,…

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Stories

Glamping in the Backcountry

Deep in the heart of the Gulf of Mexico lies a hidden, magical island, seventy miles off the coast of Key West. Each day a “ferry Godmother,” or rather a ferry boat, transports almost 200 guests to Dry Tortugas National…

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