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7 Reasons to Take a Mountaineering Course

Every mountain town has views of  breathtaking ridgelines. Boulder has the Flatirons. Seattle has the Cascades. Salt Lake City has the Wasatch Range. The list goes on. While gazing out at these majestic peaks, the same thought slowly creeps into…

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A Life Lived on a Therm-a-Rest Pad

My mom and dad are mountain people, to the core. In fact, they met in the mountains, on a trail in Washington state’s Olympic National Park. My dad was an Illinois boy, out west for the summer exploring himself and…

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Mike Libecki’s Advice for Adventure

I’ve been on more than 65 expeditions and over 20 of them have been solo missions. I’ve learned that when I’m climbing and adventuring many days and miles in the backcountry where a rescue may not be an option, preparation…

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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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Reaching America’s Rooftop

I step outside my tent and the negative 40-degree air slaps my cheeks, the only exposed area of skin. The day is clear and the mountain is in view. I take it all in one last time. Colored tents dot…

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