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Find Comfort in Cold-Weather Hiking

Find Comfort in Cold-Weather Hiking

February 03, 2021 10 min read

By Renee “She-ra” Patrick

Can you enjoy the sunrise if you are cold, wet, and hypothermic? Can you enjoy the sunrise if you are ensconced in layers of warm down with a mug of hot coffee in your hands? Enjoyment and delight in nature....

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How to Clean a Quilt or Sleeping Bag

How to Clean a Quilt or Sleeping Bag

February 03, 2021 5 min read

By Mary Beth Skylis

The best way to extend the life of your quilt or sleeping bag is....

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Content with Almost

Content with Almost

December 09, 2020 10 min read

By Ryan "dirtmonger" Sylva

Red eyes glared at me in the darkness from my headlamp. I leaned against the alpine slopes of the Silver Creek basin below the saddle of Red Cloud Peak....

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The Blue Mountains Trail - A 60-year vision gains momentum

The Blue Mountains Trail - A 60-year vision gains momentum

November 06, 2020 7 min read

By Renee “She-ra” Patrick
I’ve been learning a lot about the history of the Blue Mountains Trail since setting out in August to ground-truth 100 miles of this potential 600-mile route....
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Ladies: Some real world experience to help you choose the right temperature rating

Ladies: Some real world experience to help you choose the right temperature rating

March 17, 2020 10 min read

By Kris Diers
“To save you from hunting down individual female feedback all over the internet, we’ve gathered data from some long time female Katabatic sleepers so you can see how women feel about our temperature ratings. ”....
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It's not that baffling after all!

It's not that baffling after all!

June 28, 2019 2 min read

By Kris Diers
Horizontal baffles are the most effective way to keep you comfortable in a wide range of conditions (even if you toss and turn).  They just have to be thoughtfully designed and executed.
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How to Pick the Perfect Hiking Partner

How to Pick the Perfect Hiking Partner

June 17, 2019 7 min read

By Whitney "Allgood" La Ruffa
. . . hiking is more fun with a good partner or partners.  You can help lift each other up on a down day, laugh at the adversity of weather or terrain, and also help each other out with the little things, like taping a rolled ankle, or having a patch of tenacious tape to fix a tear in a puffy.
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Te Araroa Done Ultralight

Te Araroa Done Ultralight

May 17, 2019 3 min read

By Dahn Pratt
Like a giddy school girl, wearing her new outfit on the first day of high school, I galloped down 90-mile beach and embarked on a quasi-metaphysical acid trip down the thru-hike rabbit hole. Sensory deprivation and sensory overload were going to be the chemical cocktails on Te Araroa, 3,000km (1,800 miles for you uninitiated folks) of all manner of trail (or lack thereof)....
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Nepal Trekking

Nepal Trekking

January 17, 2019 5 min read

By Erin Saver
“Although it wasn’t the full length of Nepal as I’d hoped to be able to do, it was incredibly unique and unlike any hiking I’ve ever done. I will say that it was well worth the time and effort to experience more than just the popular Everest Region. ”....
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Changing Gear(s)

Changing Gear(s)

September 28, 2018 4 min read

By Franzi Wernsing
“Our lighter, agile rigs have encouraged us to explore more remote and wild places which we could only dream to do before. And in case the promising looking path turns out to lead nowhere, the relatively light bike makes it less painful if you have to push it for a while.”....
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How to: Plan time away from work for outdoor adventure!

How to: Plan time away from work for outdoor adventure!

February 26, 2018 5 min read

By Steven Shattuck
“Sure, taking a year off is easy to dream about, and say you’ll do it, but how about making it happen?”....
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Bikepacking the Baja Divide

Bikepacking the Baja Divide

January 19, 2018 6 min read

By Franzi Wernsing
I have always been fascinated by borders. Separating land and people, cultures and traditions. Letting you dive into a completely different world within seconds by crossing an invisible line drawn between two countries....
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