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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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Transitions: Gear For Changing Seasons

That one’s too cold. That one’s too warm. That one too heavy. Most tools in your toolbox are designed with a specific purpose. The same goes for your gear. Perfectly engineered for a certain scenario of set of conditions. Good…

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Five Reasons to Plan a Sufferfest

Getting lost, eaten alive by bugs and rained on between quad-burning hills is sometimes just a part of going out into the woods. We don’t go because it’s easy, but do we shoulder a pack because it’s hard? In this…

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Minuteman Adventures

You want to respond “yes”, but you can’t bring yourself to press send. You haven’t really been training and there’s grocery shopping to do and errands to be run. Plus, that new movie comes out tomorrow. Finally, you bite the…

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Unsupported Campgrounds

It’s a polarizing choice. The pricey and crowded frontcountry campground or the remote and amenity-less backcountry campground. Most of us have a preference between the two, but both don’t come without their downsides. In this edition of Therm-a-Rest Beta, contributor…

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Stepping Into Something New

You’ve never been one to shy away from a challenge, but venturing into unknown territory is always a scary prospect. Whether it’s starting a new job, moving to a new city or venturing into a technical outdoor pursuit, the new…

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Anatomy of a Basecamp

Adventures demand varying levels of luxury. A two-day backpacking trip with lots of elevation gain? Most luxury items will be left at home. But a two-week basecamp in a questionable weather window? Luxury items are a must. In this edition…

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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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Gear Lessons From Everest

Every adventure has lessons to teach. Like that one backpacking trip that taught you to always check out the scenic overlook, even if it means a mile detour. Maybe that one rafting trip that taught you to always pack a…

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On Top Of The World

What happens when you end up on a three-week trip to attempt the highest peak in the Western hemisphere with four strangers? You quickly learn how to have fun while staying safe with your new team. After all, what other…

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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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