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14 Not-so-basic Car Camping Tips

Car camping is not just for beginners or Sprinter-equipped hardos. Use these 14 tips for an epic weekend of the four-wheeled variety.

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Tips For Finding a Good Campsite on the PCT

The “Wild” effect is in full swing. Popularity has surged on the Pacific Crest Trail over the past few years and the trend seems like it will continue invariably into the future. There is now a permit process dictating start…

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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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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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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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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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Eric Larsen’s Tips for Sleeping Warm

It’s one thing to be cold at some point while skiing, snowshoeing or hiking in the winter, but for most people the thought of sleeping in a tent in winter (or any temperature below freezing for that matter) is a…

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