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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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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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Comfort Recipes For Fall Camping

Originally posted October 26, 2015.  Without a doubt, fall is one of the best times of year to go camping. The fair-weather crowds have subsided, the sweltering heat has passed and the leaves have started to turn. If you enjoy…

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Five Not So Basic Backpacking Tips

Originally published on August 9, 2016.  There’s no better feeling than packing all the supplies you’ll need for the next few days onto your back, carrying it with you through forests, over mountains and alongside rushing rivers, and camping in…

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10 Scientific Reasons For Getting Outside

Everybody knows the feeling. You’ve grown lethargic staying in these temperature-controlled confines. The desire to get outside has transformed from a want to a need. To breathe in that mountain air. To fall asleep under a blanket of stars. To…

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Planning Your First Sea Kayaking Adventure

Earlier this Spring, five friends and I went on a sea kayaking adventure in the San Juan Islands of Washington. We were all excited, but only a few of us had actually sea kayaked before. Luckily one of our team…

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An Adventurer’s Guide to Patagonia

You’ve been dreaming about this trip for months. After an expensive plane ticket and hours of travel, you shoulder your pack and head out. Pulling into the lot, your heart drops. Hordes of people mill about and there isn’t a…

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