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Three Ways To Build An Antarctic-Grade Snow Shelter

When icy blasts and nuking snow make setting up—and sleeping in—a tent seem like less than Type-2 Fun, think about building a snow shelter instead. With snow’s natural insulating properties, no matter how gnarly conditions get outside, the inside...

Step Up Your Mountain Prowess with These 4 Tips

In the United States, if you want to make a professional career out of mountain guiding, you’ve got to have a decent level of competence in three major disciplines: skiing, rock climbing and alpine climbing. Like many of my peers,...

Best Camp Brews: A Shout Out to the Hot Drink

Summer is fast upon us. Many hikers will be heading for the hills in search for solace, scenery and some sort of adventure. Whether it’s an afternoon outing or a three-week river trip, one common denominator rings true for...

THE ADVANTAGES OF AN ULTRALITE GUIDE+ TARP

Brooks Range offers several high quality and lightweight tents, however some mountaineers still prefer the Ultralite Guide+ Tarp. Why is this so? The Ultralite Guide+ Tarp has many advantages for backpackers and mountaineers. First, at less than a pound, it...

The Allure of Antelope Canyon Arizona

Located near Page Arizona, Antelope Canyon is the most visited and photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest. The architecture and lighting of the canyon is truly unique and can easily be identified in photographs. In fact, it is so...

Zip-off Hiking Pants

They’re not all cut from the cloth!  Nor are all zip-off pants are constructed with the same attention to detail.  And don’t even get me started about sizing.  But the good the news is that when you find a...

Dog-Friendly Hiking Tips

Paws to paths can be a joy – when all goes well. But if your dog isn’t up to the trail, your pack just might get a little bit heavier.Our friend’s little cocker spaniel quite enjoyed the view from...

What makes a great hiking trail?

I read an interesting blog post yesterday that got me thinking about what factors take a hiking trail from good to great. The author listed eight top qualities – from few people to jaw-dropping view at the summit to wildlife sighting...

How to Prevent Blisters?

Nothing can take a hiking trip downhill faster than a blistered heel… or toe… or… ball of your foot. Blisters suck. Once you get one on a trip, it’s there for the duration. The good news is that blisters...

Getting Ready for the Backcountry Ski Season

Tweet #winteriscoming and you’ll see it. The fever is catching and backcountry enthusiasts are itching to dust off skis. But, even though the word is out that La Niña is gearing up for another return (read: lots of snow),...

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Best Sleeping Bag for Camping

Whether you’re curled up out under the open sky or tucked away safely in your tent, you’ll be depending...