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Skiing -

If you’re reading this, you’re probably already hearing the siren song of the backcountry. She sings of deep powder and great views. Of empty, wide-open spaces far from the crowds jostling for the first chair at the resort.But for many, that magical world feels so far away. So how do you learn how to start backcountry skiing? Whether you're someone who has skied the resorts for years, or you have never even slid down the mountain with board(s) strapped to your feet, if you hear that song calling to you, there's a place for you in the backcountry.Maybe, like me,...

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Rock Climbing -

  There are a lot of things in the world that you don’t need to buy brand new. Go to any used gear shop and you’ll find a plethora of water bottles, clothing, shoes, and packs lining the racks. Outdoor brands are going to create new, better, lighter, more durable, more colorful gear for all of time but you don’t need to buy the latest and greatest for everything - especially if you’re just getting into a new activity.  Buying used gear is an awesome way to keep things out of landfills, to save the planet, and to save your...

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Rock Climbing -

When you’re just starting out, the amount of gear and harnesses and shoes and random doo-dads in the rock climbing section of the gear store can be intimidating. What does all that stuff do? What climbing gear is needed for indoor climbing? What equipment do you need for free climbing? What do you need to start bouldering? The answer to all of these questions is basically the same - it depends on what form of rock climbing you’re interested in and what gear you can borrow from others. We’re going to give ya’ll a basic rock climbing equipment list broken...

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Camping -

You’ve just finished up your very first blissful summer and fall season of camping and backpacking. Winter has arrived. Now, it’s time to clean things off and pack your gear away until spring, right? WRONG!  Well, partially wrong. You just need to know how to camp in winter is all.  Winter can be an amazingly peaceful and far less crowded time of the year to go camping, but it does pose its fair share of challenges. Although any venture into the backcountry has potential hazards, understanding the risks, having the proper gear, and knowing the complete picture in terms of...

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Skiing, Snowboarding -

If you’re looking for all-weather outdoor layering advice, we’ve already got you covered. But there are some conditions where some specific tips may be helpful, like if you’re heading out for a day of skiing in falling snow, or if you’re an Emperor penguin safeguarding your one precious egg while your partner forages at sea.  Tip #1 Layer with Purpose People and penguins need layers to protect themselves from the wet, the cold, and the overheating that can occur from protecting themselves from the wet and cold. Your layers should work together to keep you warm and dry, while also...

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