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Happy Time on Polar Expeditions

On big polar and mountaineering expeditions, getting eight hours of sleep each night is so important that we base our whole travel schedule around it. Arctic explorer, Eric Larson shares travel stories and how he keeps warm on polar expeditions on the Arctic Ocean.

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Debunking the Myths of Mountaineering

Whether you’re an experienced mountaineer or just getting started on your foray into the mountains, there are some widely circulating myths that need to be clarified and debunked.

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7 Reasons to Take a Mountaineering Course

Every mountain town has views of  breathtaking ridgelines. Boulder has the Flatirons. Seattle has the Cascades. Salt Lake City has the Wasatch Range. The list goes on. While gazing out at these majestic peaks, the same thought slowly creeps into…

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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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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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Ditch the Hotels and Snow Camp This Season

The mountains are swaddled in curtains of glittering white powder, chair lifts eek to life at ski resorts around the country, and your puffy coat hangs at the front of your gear closet. At the end of a long day…

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Mike Libecki’s Advice for Adventure

I’ve been on more than 65 expeditions and over 20 of them have been solo missions. I’ve learned that when I’m climbing and adventuring many days and miles in the backcountry where a rescue may not be an option, preparation…

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If My NeoAir Could Talk

Close your eyes and imagine all your gear, spread out neatly, as if it was being photographed for Outside magazine. Now, filter out the newer items and the items you hardly use. Next, remove the items you hope to replace…

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Reaching America’s Rooftop

I step outside my tent and the negative 40-degree air slaps my cheeks, the only exposed area of skin. The day is clear and the mountain is in view. I take it all in one last time. Colored tents dot…

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