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  Ahhh, your first tent. The memories of picking it out stars in your eyes as you imagined sleeping in it under the stars in the skies. The frustrating lesson when learning how to put it up for the first time. The annoying buzz of a mosquito who made it through the door just as you were zipping it up. The sunrises and the warm coffee in the backcountry, just you and the trees and the birds. And now it’s time to move on, get a newer version that suits your adventures better. That first tent still has some life...

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One of the biggest reasons we choose to go camping is to be in nature. We want to be surrounded by the trees, the cacti, the animals, and maybe our friends or family. For most of us, protecting these environments is just as important as the time spent in them so that we can continue to enjoy and explore our wild areas. Sustainable camping practices and high-quality, eco-friendly gear can help you get the most out of your outdoor adventures. If we all do our own small part each day, we can help ensure our public lands are taken care...

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The seven principles of Leave No Trace are: 

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare

  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

  3. Dispose of Waste Properly

  4. Leave What You Find

  5. Minimize Fire Impacts

  6. Respect Wildlife

  7. Be Considerate of Others

These principles and the science supporting them are explained on the LNT website, which has detailed articles on each, as well as an interactive map(!) and links to published research. 

Here’s a short breakdown of each Leave No Trace principle with a few tips and questions you can ask to take your impact awareness to the next level: 

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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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Biking, Camping, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Skiing, Snowboarding -

Picture it: It's late October. You've just parked your car at the trailhead, open the door, and BOOM… you realize you’re woefully underdressed. Sadness. Learning how to layer your clothing for outdoor adventures takes trial and error. Or does it? We've taken the guesswork out of the process. Read on for how to nail your layers for any outdoor activity in any conditions. How to Layer Clothes for Cold Weather Building a layering system for comfort in cool fall temps and cold winter conditions relies on four essential things: moisture management, breathability, insulation, and protection from the elements. The goal...

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