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How to Successfully Camp in Your Car

  The last vestiges of city traffic disperse, and only open road lies ahead. I roll down the windows, dangle my arm into the moving air, and raise my left foot up beside the steering wheel. Assume weekend driving position….

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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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The Inside Scoop on the Outdoor Poop

The mountainous terrain around Estes Park, CO is stunning. High alpine meadows stretch on for miles in Rocky Mountain National Park, and the forests and canyons throughout the area offer something to marvel at in every direction. I spent two…

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How to Successfully Camp in Your Car

The last vestiges of city traffic disperse, and only open road lies ahead. I roll down the windows, dangle my arm into the moving air, and raise my left foot up beside the steering wheel. Assume weekend driving position. Four…

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How to Choose a Camping Mattress Infographic

There is a wise old saying that holds the secret to finding the “perfect” camping mattress. Want to hear it? Cool, it goes like this: Finding the perfect camping mattress is understanding that there is no such thing as the…

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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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Pro Tips: Don’t Let the Off-Season Slow You Down

Motivation to get outside during the off-season can fall as low as the mercury on a chilly November evening. But with a little planning and a few comfort-enhancing tricks, shoulder-season can be the perfect time of year for an adventure. Check out…

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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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How to Backpack with Toddlers

My best friend Heidi and I laid all the gear on the living room floor while August, Heidi’s two year old son, danced through the piles, asking if he could eat the snickers bar that was going into our food…

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Backpacking TV: Campfires for Backpackers

The art of a responsible backcountry campfire is right up there with the art of the backcountry poo. Both are incredibly enjoyable, in their own unique ways, and both are more frequently practiced poorly than we all might like, leaving…

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