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How to Balance Organization With Spontaneity in Your Next Outdoor Adventure

How to Balance Organization With Spontaneity in Your Next Outdoor Adventure

    Just like there are all types of species of plants and creatures in the outdoors, there are all types of outdoor adventurers. Some of us like to plan - collecting maps, nailing down itineraries, dehydrating food and calculating how much water you'll need each day. Some of us...

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Rice Bowl Recipes for Backcountry Cooking

Rice Bowl Recipes for Backcountry Cooking

      Rice is a backpacking staple for a reason: it's packed with carbs, protein, vitamins, fiber, and minerals to keep you going on the trail day after day. It's also a no-nonsense grain, with very little prep or cooking skills needed to whip up a delicious rice dinner...

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10 Gourmet S'mores Variations To Try On Your Next Trip

10 Gourmet S'mores Variations To Try On Your Next Trip

    For first time campers, the perfectly built s’more is a right of passage - an introduction to campfire cooking. Achieving that golden brown crust, the ideal melty chocolate-marshmallow ratio, and perfectly halved graham cracker takes patience and skill.     Once you’ve become a s’more master (s’master), it’s...

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Why You Should SUP This Summer

Why You Should SUP This Summer

      Come early June, you see them everywhere: putting in at the boat launch, strapped to the roof of every Subaru on the highway, towering over you from the walls of your local outdoor gear shop. SUPs (Stand Up Paddleboards) are impossible to avoid if you're involved in...

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How to Plan a Last-minute Spring Break Backpacking Trip

How to Plan a Last-minute Spring Break Backpacking Trip

      It seems like we were just talking about our New Year’s resolutions, and yet spring break is somehow right around the corner. (It snuck up on us, too.)     So if you’re one of the lucky ones who gets to enjoy spring break--or just wants to...

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6 Microadventure Ideas to Make the Most of Your Valentine's Day

6 Microadventure Ideas to Make the Most of Your Valentine's Day

    Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. And since it falls on a Wednesday right in the middle of the week this year, it can be hard for most busy working adults to consider any special plans beyond dinner and Netflix.     We may not be experts...

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New Year's Bucket List

New Year's Bucket List

    I’ve never been very good at New Year’s resolutions. As someone who rarely knows what I’m eating for dinner on a given day, I’m not so good at setting an intention for an entire year and sticking to it. Goal setting and self improvement is important, but I’ve...

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Mark River Roasted Oats

Mark River Roasted Oats

Breakfasts should be easy. They almost always are, when you’re camping, backpacking, or canoeing and must carry all food in and out.   Mark “River” Peoples is Chief Guide at the Quapaw Canoe Company, in Clarksdale, Miss., and has been cooking over cookfires in GSI anodized aluminum dutch ovens for...

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Why You Should Spend NYE Outside

Why You Should Spend NYE Outside

    New Year’s Eve celebrations usually start with the best intentions: getting together with friends to celebrate and dance the night away until the clock strikes midnight. Yet more often than not, NYE turns into a headache to rival that of the New Year’s Day hangover: you end up...

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What to Get the Adventurer Who Has Everything

What to Get the Adventurer Who Has Everything

    They say the holiday season is all about giving - but what do you give that one friend who has everything? It’s not easy to have a gearhead on your list, because trying to track down a gadget they don’t already have can make you feel like the...

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Winter Getaway Guide

Winter Getaway Guide

  We consider ourselves lucky to live in the PNW, and wintertime is no exception. The frozen windshields and sidewalk wipeouts are a small price to pay for the endless winter adventure opportunities the northwest holds.     For those who reside in less wintery states, planning a trip north...

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Ode to Adventure Dogs

Ode to Adventure Dogs

    You’ve probably owned one, grown up with one, or met one sprinting by you on the trail. They are a rare and precious species, the chosen companion of many in the outdoor community. They are Adventure Dogs. In honor of #nationalcampingwithdogsday last weekend, we pay tribute to the...

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Partyware? Anywhere!

Partyware? Anywhere!

  For many, fall represents the transition to sweaters, raking leaves, and pumpkin spice everything. For those of us with adult beverages on our minds, fall also means it’s time for Oktoberfest, tailgating, ciders, autumn ales, and Irish coffee. ‘Tis the season to party!         Partying in...

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Cannonball Into Summer

Cannonball Into Summer

We’re far from the first people to muse about summer’s magical qualities -- the days stretch on into the evening, the warmer temps give way to exposed skin, the beer flows like wine, and the water is oh so inviting. And if there’s one thing we love about summer, it’s playing on the water! Its hypnotic essence invites adventure and discovery.

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Camp Cocktail Macgyver

Camp Cocktail Macgyver

The sun starts to dip in the western sky and your shadows start to grow noticeably longer. It feels like you’ve been walking all day. You’ve got a 50-pound pack on your back that you’ve lugged 8 miles and 2,500 vertical feet before finally reaching your alpine lake campsite. You set down your pack, untie your boots, take a seat on the bank of the lake and dip your feet in the icy waters. The only thing that could make this moment better is a frosty, adult beverage.

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Camp Site Hero

Camp Site Hero

You’ve just spent 45 minutes building a fire, wrapping potatoes in tinfoil, filling that Dutch oven with beautiful, finely chopped veggies and getting everything cooking. The hard part is done. Now, the wait. Instead of just sitting there and drooling while you watch your food cook, give those legs a stretch and bust out a classic camp spot time killer -- yard games!

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Ode to the Parking Lot Beer

Ode to the Parking Lot Beer

I’m only two miles into an 8 mile pedal up the mountain and already I’m dragging. I’ve done this climb dozens of times before, but today my legs are just dragging. Mile marker 3. It feels as if my legs are pushing through wet concrete. Mile marker 4. Halfway there. I try desperately to get my mind to focus on other things. Work projects. A fried chicken sandwich. Beer. And then it clicks -- I’ve got a cooler of beer waiting in my truck at the bottom. Suddenly, mile marker 6, then 7, flies by and I make the final push for the summit.

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2 Wheels > 4 Wheels

2 Wheels > 4 Wheels

There are literally millions of ways to get from point a to point b. Running, skipping, cartwheeling, paddling, driving, flying, floating, etc. Through the years, endless joy has been discovered while exploring the world around you -- especially when you ditch the motorized transportation and use your own power to get somewhere.

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The Art of Making a Proper Weekend Bug-Out Bag

The Art of Making a Proper Weekend Bug-Out Bag

Have you ever had this feeling before — It’s getting late in the week, the mundane office tasks are piling up, and you start to think you might drown in the mounting stacks of paperwork. You’re so close to the weekend, but it feels so far away. You sort of remember what nature is, but the concept starts to feel foreign.

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A Cure for the Shoulder Season Blues

A Cure for the Shoulder Season Blues

The days are getting longer. The snow is receding. The frozen lakes are melting. That can only mean one thing — SHOULDER SEASON IS HERE!

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Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring Cleaning Checklist

It’s been a long, cold winter, but those days are now behind you -- it’s officially Spring! And that means it’s time to start planning for warm-weather adventures. If you’re like us, you never really stop planning the next adventure (or three). Here’s a quick checklist to make sure your gear is all ready to go so you’re not left out in the cold.

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How to eat like a champ on a 3 day backcountry trip in the winter

How to eat like a champ on a 3 day backcountry trip in the winter

Now that spring corn is providing safer snow conditions, the backcountry is the place to be! Whether you’re building snow caves, getting your yurt on, or booking forest service cabins, overnight backcountry ski trips are game on.

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ADULTING HARD: IT'S SNOW FORT SEASON!

ADULTING HARD: IT'S SNOW FORT SEASON!

Dear Sunshine, Thank you for coming back. It feels like you've been gone forever. Thank you for burning goggle tans into everyone's faces so we look like pro skiers. Thank you for making tulips appear in the mud holes next to our houses. And thanks for melting out our parking spots so we don't have to park down the street anymore.

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Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

It’s getting to be that time of year when winter seems to drag on forever. Don’t get us wrong - there is a lot to love about winter. Specifically, bottomless powder turns with a board strapped to your feet. But as the gray of winter stretches on, you (and half your town) may start getting an itch deep down for open skies and wide open spaces (cue that old Dixie Chicks song). Whether you make your home in a mountain town or a sprawling city, a trip to the desert always cures whatever ails ya.

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How to Go on a Backcountry Date

How to Go on a Backcountry Date

Pack everything you need for an easy backcountry meal that you think your significant other will be into.  Don't forget to bring water. Chop all your veggies ahead of time, gather your ingredients, and stash them in a gear box shoved into the bottom of your pack.

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Ski-what-ing?

Ski-what-ing?

Just what in the world is skijoring? We were asking ourselves the same question a few weeks ago when we saw an advertisement for the Skijoring World Invitational. According to Siri, skijoring is a winter sport originating in Norway where a person on skis is pulled by a horse, dog or a motor vehicle. This may sounds like a recipe for disaster but, if you add in some sunshine, a few friends and a tasty cocktail, this sounds like a nice little Saturday.

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5 Outdoor Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day 2017

5 Outdoor Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day 2017

In the words of Pat Benatar- “Love is a battlefield”, but let’s make love not war. This year is about trading in the crowded restaurants and long stemmed roses for hiking boots and a map with no destination. We’re forming alliances this year with our significant other as we check out five outdoor date ideas for Valentine’s Day 2017.

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A Yurt Vacation.

A Yurt Vacation.

As the saying goes, there's no time like the present, so this weekend we set about crossing an item off of our list. We did a little research and booked a yurt for the weekend. The temperatures forecasted to be COLD (high of 7 low of -3) but there was a wood stove in the yurt, so we packed up and headed out for the first adventure of 2017.

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Snowless Sledding

Snowless Sledding

You know those Rockwellian images of runner sleds, snowflakes, mittens and jovial people enjoying it all? Those are the images we use to define the holiday season...but what about when it's un-seasonably warm OR you live in an area where snowfall isn't at all likely? How can you sled when Mother-Nature refuses to cooperate?

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Hunting for a Christmas Tree

Hunting for a Christmas Tree

Truth be told, this all started years ago looking at the price of trees in a tree lot.

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