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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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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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Gender Studies on the Trail

The outdoors define many of us. It dictates the way we spend our time, money and daydreams. It can change our politics, philosophies and perspectives. However, sometimes our social norms and physical differences can lead us to perceive and, it…

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Ultralight Hiking

After months of planning and preparation, the big backpacking trip is finally here. You go through the mental checklist, making sure you have every essential item for your hike. After the check is complete, you shoulder your pack. After a…

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Step By Step

“Are you guys thru hiking?” a day hiker asks while passing. I stop and turn, leaning on my trekking poles, noticing the smell of shampoo and soap. “We’re trying!” I say enthusiastically. I take a step backwards, hoping the person…

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How to Stay Fresh and Clean in the Backcountry

Though only 5 p.m., the forest was dark and snow fell heavily. The eight of us (three wilderness therapy guides, plus five participants) huddled around a fire beneath a tarp staked down with snowshoes—our wet and cold bodies packed onto…

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