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Just Go!

Adventure is everywhere these days, and if we’re not on a trip or planning the next one, it’s almost certain that we’re hearing about someone else’s. Colorful dreamscape squares on our phones scroll alongside the realities of a cubicle wall, a…

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Advocacy

Ode to Trail Workers

Maps, guidebooks and a few websites are devoted to a series of small squiggly lines. We study them, discuss them and spend our money to follow them. Anyone that enjoys a life outside spends a significant amount of time on…

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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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Stories

Viva La Microadventure

Have you ever wished you could squeeze in a few turns before work? Climb a couple pitches in the afternoon? Wake up and look out your window at rocky peaks and thick pines? For a few, this is a part…

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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

If My NeoAir Could Talk

Close your eyes and imagine all your gear, spread out neatly, as if it was being photographed for Outside magazine. Now, filter out the newer items and the items you hardly use. Next, remove the items you hope to replace…

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Tips

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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Tips

National Parks: Going Off-The-Beaten Path

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” John Muir nailed it with this quote in his 1901 book, Our National Parks. And we…

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Stories

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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