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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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Since You’ve Come Around

Maybe it was a best friend that passed on movie night. Maybe your hiking partner went for a weekender with someone else. There’s been a moment in everyone’s life where we’ve seen a close friend take a different path In…

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10 Dog Backpacking Essentials

Every hiker has heard of the “10 Essentials”. It’s the basic necessities that everyone should bring before heading into the wild. The list covers everything from navigation to hydration. But what about when the you take your dog hiking or…

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The Access Fund’s Guide to Car Camping like a Pro

There’s a certain feeling that accompanies crossing a state or county line. It fulfills our innate desire to roam and wander. New experiences and settings are on the horizon and a simple rotation of the steering wheel can take us…

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Tips For Backpacking In The Rain

A look at the forecast confirms your worry that this weekend will be a consistent mix of showers, sprinkles and downpours. You lean back and begin to consider what this trip will be like in less-than-ideal conditions.  In this edition…

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Dirtbag Discounts For A Lighter Pack

You’ve been strolling around the gear shop for hours, wandering aisles filled with packs, sleeping bags, stoves and sleeping pads. The shop’s employees and have given up on you. It’s not that you are trying to be difficult. It’s just…

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Crewing For An Ultramarathon

You look at your watch and realize you are only eight hours into the race. The morning started in a fog. A small cup of coffee, the constant bob of headlamps and last minute nerves before the starting gun. You’re…

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Headlamps Start to Finish

After a week of the daily grind, the weekend has finally arrived.  You have spent forty hours (or more) with your nose to the grindstone, daydreaming about what your weekend had in store. So, why not squeeze every precious second…

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