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How to Build a Fall Sleep System

A proper fall sleep system gives you the ability to capitalize on the exquisite shoulder season of autumn—no bugs, no crowds, no sweltering heat. Depending on where you are though, shoulder seasons can be hard to plan for. They are…

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7 Tips for Fall Camping

That crisp autumn air in your nostrils, the soft crunch of fallen leaves, the golden glow of an early sunset, less people, fewer bugs…camping in the fall is the best. Whether embarking on a late-season backpacking trip or shuttling the…

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How to Choose a Sleeping Pad

With all the options in today’s market, picking a sleeping pad can be an overwhelming affair. We won’t pick for you, but here is what you need to know to find the pad of your dreams.

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5 Tips for Eco-Camping

In the last year the number of people participating in outdoor activities spiked as seasoned and new adventurers alike looked to break the monotony of quarantine measures. More people camping and experiencing the beauty of wild spaces is wonderful, but…

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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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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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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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How to Backpack with Toddlers

My best friend Heidi and I laid all the gear on the living room floor while August, Heidi’s two year old son, danced through the piles, asking if he could eat the snickers bar that was going into our food…

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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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