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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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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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A Weekend Warrior’s Guide to Big Sur

Big Sur, which is located five hours north of Los Angeles on California’s Central Coast, is the perfect weekend getaway. Just getting there is a treat. The road trip involves traveling along Highway 1 and follows the edge of the…

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Let the Cot Tent Blow Your Mind

It’s a cot. It’s a tent. No, it’s a Cot Tent!  That’s right, folks. Our new Cot Tent converts a LuxuryLite Cot into a freestanding solo shelter. We’re talking full coverage with a waterproof rainfly. Pack it on your next…

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What’s Your Speed?

At Therm-a-Rest, we understand there are different strokes for different outdoor folks. Some like it hot, while others like it cold, and some prefer going ultra-light, while others would rather pack on the pounds for the extra cushion. That’s why…

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Tackling Southern Utah Out of Your Rental Car

I woke to some strange noises outside. Some voices—and a fire crackling. Coming to my senses, I remembered where I was: sprawled out in the back of a rental vehicle next to my wife in the Utah desert, over 1,000…

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Escape from L.A.

“Let me just send one last email before you go,” my wife says, as she slips away into the bedroom. My one-year-old son and I put my backpack and a couple pair of boots into the back of the wagon,…

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Cots on the Rocks

I slept on a Therm-a-Rest Ultralite Cot over 60 nights in the Pacific Northwest this year … in State and National Parks, in National Forests, in Wilderness Areas, next to cold rocky rivers, in hot dusty deserts, and every place…

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Mountain Biking the Maze

I’d noticed it before on this trip, but not as acutely as I did when the lightning struck a little after midnight. Wrapped in my sleeping bag, I’d left the rain fly off my tent because, after three cloudy nights,…

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Jam Out With Our Pickathon Camping Playlist

There’s something about camping in the woods and sitting with friends around a fire that begs for music. Maybe it’s the communal atmosphere, the fresh air, or one too many hot toddies, but instruments seem to magically appear when the…

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