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New Year, New Goals - Creating Outdoor New Years Resolutions with the CMT Outbounders Hidden - Winter car camping
December 29, 2020

New Year, New Goals - Creating Outdoor New Years Resolutions with the Outbounders

The New Year is time to set new goals and dream out new adventures.  It's an opportunity to ask yourself what you've been wanting to do and setting up a plan so you will actually do it. While New Year resolutions don't always revolve around the outdoors, we think creating specific ones to get you doing what you love most makes for a fun year.  We asked our Outbounders about their New Year resolutions and here’s what they said.

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Pand-epic: How Two Adventurers Turned Furloughs Into an All-Time Road Trip
December 15, 2020

Pand-epic: How Two Adventurers Turned Furloughs Into an All-Time Road Trip

The effects of COVID have impacted each and every single one of us. As business after business boarded up their walls, we started to slow down and absorb all the changes around us. We asked ourselves, how can we turn this unknown into something positive? How can we go outside without risking the health of ourselves and others? Our eyes locked, and we both murmured the words “Road Trip”.

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A Parent’s Advice for Getting Outside with a Special Needs Kid
November 17, 2020

A Parent’s Advice for Getting Outside with a Special Needs Kid

While the idea of stepping out into the unknown with special needs can feel daunting (at best), the benefits far outweigh the challenges.  I’m sure you know how research has shown the benefits of the outdoors physically, mentally, socially - how much more so for our kids who need extra attention in those areas!  Hiking with our kids with special needs can even boost their self-esteem and increase their attention span.  So, here are some tips and encouragement to get you and your family out the door and back on the trail.

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Lessons Learned While Van Camping in Moab
September 15, 2020

Lessons Learned While Van Camping in Moab

I woke to the sound of loud rapping on the window of our van, with police lights flashing behind the curtains. I could barely register my husband nudging me through my sleepy haze, as the pounding on the window got louder. “Wake up!” Callan said, and as I sat up, it dawned on me that we were in trouble.

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Car Camping Tips: 7 Simple Hacks for Better Campouts
July 14, 2020

Car Camping Tips: 7 Simple Hacks for Better Campouts

As you plan your next four-wheeled foray into the wild, keep these seven simple car camping hacks on hand.  They’ll make your travels on the road more enjoyable and your time at camp more comfortable. 

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campers hiking in the desert
May 26, 2020

Desert Camping 101: How to Survive while Camping in the Desert

Like any backcountry area, deserts present risk. But an understanding of basic best practices as well as some location-specific research will prepare you to have a safe and memorable trip.

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Ranger Notes: What to do When Encountering Wildlife
January 21, 2019

Ranger Notes: What to do When Encountering Wildlife

Welcome to the first installment of our new ”Ranger Notes” series. In this post, US Forest Service Ranger Jess Trimble shares some tips for staying safe when encountering wildlife. Disclaimer: his is not foolproof advice. Always follow local rules and regulations and consult local ranger stations about how to handle wildlife in the area.

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Four Days in the Haze: Camping on Sucia Island
November 14, 2018

Four Days in the Haze: Camping on Sucia Island

For the past two summers, the Pacific Northwest has been inundated by smoke from ever-increasing wildfires, shrouding this scenic region with a thick, choking haze. Living in a constant smokescreen is not only unhealthy, it also saps motivation to get outside and enjoy summer. While we did take this into consideration, we weren’t going to let the smoke ruin our trip to Sucia Island.

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