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Light is Right

There is a fine line between bringing too much and not bringing enough when going into the backcountry. Learn how to pack light without sacrificing comfort.

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Memories from a 1984 Sleeping Pad

When we buy gear that is guaranteed for longevity, it’s not only allowing our adventure fund to continue to grow, but it’s healthier for the environment as well. It’s gear we can count on for longevity and strength, designed for gnarly adventures.

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Down Vs. Synthetic Sleeping Bags

Skiing versus snowboarding. Mountain biking versus road biking. Tupac versus Biggie. Who hasn’t engaged in these bottomless debates? Perhaps the mother of all campfire arguments, however, is the age-old synthetic versus down sleeping bag scenario. In this installment of Choosing…

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Choosing an Adventure Partner

By Bethany Hughes The weight of the pack on my back, the sun-warmed rock, small tufts of grass growing from the cracks where my fingertips gripped, my sweating palms, the glacial blue waters of Lago Viedma lapping 15 feet below….

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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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Anatomy of a Basecamp

Adventures demand varying levels of luxury. A two-day backpacking trip with lots of elevation gain? Most luxury items will be left at home. But a two-week basecamp in a questionable weather window? Luxury items are a must. In this edition…

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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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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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That Campin’ Feeling

Comfort campers know what they need to maximize their time in the outdoors. This holiday season, give the comfort camper in your life what they need for their next adventure. Explore our blog to find tips, stories and advice for…

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