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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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Camping For A Change

Think back to your first trip outside. The experience is nothing short of radical. The fresh air. The views. Learning to pitch a tent or build a fire. Digging your first cathole. Now reflect on how that trip changed you…

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The Eleventh Essential

It’s time to pack. Regardless of the adventure you have planned, there are a few staples that always go into your pack. Essentials that you need. But what if we told you there was an essential that you didn’t need?…

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Adventure Travel Makes You Better

Life is full of settings and circumstances that are full of valuable lessons. However, there are few experiences more ripe with lessons than adventure travel. Every moment of everyday has something to teach you. In this edition of Therm-a-Rest Explore,…

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Generations: Climbing with my dad

Over the years, our parents have helped shape and mold us into the people we are today. It’s also likely that they embarrassed and pushed us a fair bit along the way. Many of us spent a significant part of…

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New Adventures In Familiar Places

You park the car in the same spot as last time, knowing that the large tree will shade your car from the afternoon sun. You pass the signs at the trailhead and make your way into the familiar, wooded hills….

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Getting Schooled as a Climbing Guide

Guiding for a living has quite a few perks. You spend your days sharing your passion with others while simultaneously honing your craft. Life is slowed and simplified. Everyday is spent in the mountains, forests and rivers that people at…

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Ode to National Parks: Dream Team Edition

The first glimpse of Yosemite’s El Cap. The fiery red color of Shenandoah Valley in the fall. The stunning expanse of the Grand Canyon. The gentle and flowing features of Arches. These things stick with you, happily stored with your…

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Adventuring in the Great Smoky Mountains

The changing of seasons from summer to fall, with its brilliant display of foliage is a photographers dream. It’s a busy time of year for photographers, and a delicate balancing act of endless waiting (for the color to arrive), followed…

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A Trip to Change a Life

Think back to your first camping trip. The first memories that hit you will probably be of ghost stories, s’mores or wildlife sightings. Maybe you learned to pitch a tent or build a fire or how to leave your campsite…

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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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