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Mentally Preparing For A Thru Hike

“Why not?” “I’ve been backpacking a few times.” “I could use some time to get away from it all.” Your laptop awakens and you open a search browser. A few keystrokes later, you find yourself inundated with information on thru…

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You Can’t Always be High and Dry

There’s not much that can ruin a trip to the mountains, but rain and water sure can dampen the mood. Within minutes a heavy rain can leave you shivering with wet soaks and aching feet. Morale can drop quickly and…

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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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The Results of Resting Better

Sometimes the idea of the rugged mountains and roughing it in the great outdoors prime our minds to think of the outdoors as this uncomfortable and rough. There’s almost an air of purity to suffering while we are out enjoying…

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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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To the Warmth Degree

In the backcountry, every single element adds up. Every gram. Every calorie. Every inch. Every decision. All of these elements are multiplied during the winter. In this edition of Therm-a-Rest Beta, contributor Bethany Hughes gives us a few decision points…

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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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Therm-a-Rest’s Winter Dream Team

The Therm-a-Rest Dream Team is a ragtag crew of adventurers and explorers that, in our opinion, have some pretty incredible stories, objectives and pursuits. They share our draw to the great outdoors and also share our desire for a better…

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5 Easy Peaks to Start Your Mountaineering in a Big Way

Want to graduate from casual day hiker to mountaineer? Leave the beaten path for the exhilaration of alpine ridgelines, shining glaciers and thrilling technical summits? It takes experience and a bank of knowledge to move safely and efficiently on technical…

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Ditch the Hotels and Snow Camp This Season

The mountains are swaddled in curtains of glittering white powder, chair lifts eek to life at ski resorts around the country, and your puffy coat hangs at the front of your gear closet. At the end of a long day…

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Snow Camping Basics

Just because winter is in full swing doesn’t mean it’s time to spend every night indoors. Whether you’re in search of untracked powder stashes, or a surreal sunrise from the top of a snowy peak, snow camping is often the…

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