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How to repair your ski pants

Your ski pants can take quite a beating throughout the course of a ski season. But, with a little bit of maintenance your ski pants can last not just this season but many to come. I try to do most major gear maintenance twice a season – once halfway through and once at the end. I […]

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Packed Car

Basecamp comfort

I’ve often found that the night before a expedition is many times the least comfortable part of the trip.  All your stuff is packed up and inaccessible so you are left to either sleep on some rock hard bunk in a base camp hut or (more often than not for me) curl up on some […]

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Glacier National Park

5 Days in Glacier National Park Packing List

Recently I spent a week in Glacier National Park doing the 55 mile northern high loop. This is a full gear list including both packed and worn items for the trip. Since this trip took place in late summer/early fall we had to be prepared for showers and sun (both of which we encountered).

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Five day meal plan

5 Day Backcountry Meal Plan

In the near future I’m going to be spending 5 days in Glacier National Park hiking the Many Glacier Loop. One of the things even experienced backpackers are always curious about is what someone else brings for food. Eating the same thing trip after trip gets old fast especially if you spend a decent amount of time […]

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5 Tips for Car Camping

When it comes to car camping there are all sorts of lists mentioning the top things new people shouldn’t forget. But what about those of us who already know not to forget their pillow or to pack a tarp in case it rains? That who this list is for. It contains (in no particular order) 5 things […]

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Hoka One One

Hoka One One Running Shoe Review

Fatty fat fat isn’t normally something you say as a compliment but that is the first thing that popped into my mind when I laid eyes on the Hoka One One’s a few years ago.  I’ve always wanted to give them a try and, while planning for a week long cross country road trip, decided […]

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Tenkara USA Sato Setup

Is Tenkara for you?

Over the weekend I caught my first fish ever using a fly – I’m hooked (see what I did there?). Not only was it my first fish but I caught it using a relatively unknown style of fly fishing called Tenkara. The possibilities this unique style of fly fishing present have me even more excited […]

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How to hang your Jetboil

One of the biggest hidden benefits of an integrated stove system, like a Jetboil, is its ability to be used inside a tent.  Most people rarely do this since it seems so risky, but, if you set it up right there is no need to venture out of your sleeping bag and into a blizzard just […]

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Final Gear Check

What to expect when guiding a trip

When it’s up to you to plan a trip, coordinate a group of people, and finally lead that group into the great unknown a lot of responsibility is on your shoulders – in fact all of it is.  The success or failure of a trip and the joy others get out of the experience depends […]

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10 Essentials

My 10 Essentials

The Ten Essentials that we all know and love were originally laid out by The Mountaineers (an organization from my hometown of Seattle, WA) during the 1930’s and published in their classic work Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills. The original Ten Essentials weren’t updated until 2003 when the following list was published in an updated version […]

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