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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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What’s Your Speed?

At Therm-a-Rest, we understand there are different strokes for different outdoor folks. Some like it hot, while others like it cold, and some prefer going ultra-light, while others would rather pack on the pounds for the extra cushion. That’s why…

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A Thru-Hiker’s Ode to Closed Cell Mattresses

In the world of thru-hiking, the lightweight, ultra-reliable and indestructible closed-cell camping mattress is hard to beat. We caught up with three thru-hikers that swear by the Therm-a-Rest Z Lite and Z Seat to learn more about their adventures and…

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Adventure Vacationing in the Wind River Range

I only get one chance each summer to spend a full week in the mountains. The week to unplug and explore is easily the highlight of my year. For the past seven years, I’ve joined a group of friends to…

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Video: How to Choose the Perfect Camping Mattress

Finding the right camping mattress can be like searching for the Holy Grail. Maybe you’re a backpacker chasing the perfect combination of warmth and weight. Or perhaps you’re a car camper hunting for that ultimate “feels like my bed at…

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Chasing Waterfalls in the Desert

 The waterfalls weren’t there an hour ago. Earlier this morning we awoke from our bivouac under the towering sandstone walls of The Maze, a remote labyrinth of deep canyons in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park. We’d noticed a drop in the…

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7 Tips for Fall Camping

Seven Fall Camping Tips That crisp autumn air in your nostrils, the soft crunch of fallen leaves, the golden glow of an early sunset, less people, fewer bugs…camping in the fall is the best. Whether embarking on a late-season backpacking trip…

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Backpacking TV: What to Pack

You might be quietly sobbing over the end of summer, but fear not. As nearly any backpacker will tell you, fall is really where it’s at. The colors are spectacular, the crowds a bit thinner, and the temperatures so perfect,…

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