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6 Things to Know When Heading Out On Your First Mountaineering Expedition
October 12, 2021

6 Things to Know When Heading Out On Your First Mountaineering Expedition

I’ve officially fallen in love with mountaineering. 

I'm no pro by any means, but I hope by sharing some of the things I've learned in my PNW mountaineering adventures, it might help someone else get a little closer to standing on their first alpine summit.

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What mountaineering adventures do you have planned coming up? Leave us a comment below!

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Hit the Road: The Uncrowded Gems of the Oregon High Desert
September 14, 2021

Hit the Road: The Uncrowded Gems of the Oregon High Desert

In this blog I have compiled some of my favorite places to visit in the Oregon High Desert and hope this serves as a helpful travel guide for those hoping to beat the crowds and encounter a uniquely Oregon experience.

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What to Know When Choosing a Backpacking Water Filter
August 24, 2021

What to Know When Choosing a Backpacking Water Filter

Backpackers and campers alike will agree a water filter is a must have when on the trail and in the backcountry. Eliminating the need to pack in gallons of water to stay hydrated, a water filter provides all the fresh, drinkable water you need without adding much extra weight to your pack. If you don’t already have a backpacking water filter, this blog will illustrate why it is an essential to always keep around.

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Introducing the New Hammock Chair
August 02, 2021

Introducing the New Hammock Chair

In the world of outdoor gear there were hammocks and there were chairs, two completely separate items with completely separate uses. No longer is this the case. The miracle of modern science has brought these two beloved camp staples together in a hybrid blend that offers any gear closet an upgrade in comfort: the camping hammock chair

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couple camping together
July 27, 2021

How to Be a Good Camp Companion: 7 Rules to Live By

Camping with friends can often be a highlight of one’s year. Going off into nature with some of your closest buddies can form memories and bonds to last a lifetime. But it’s important while roughing it in the woods to be a great camp companion so that a camping trip can turn into a camping tradition. Below are 7 rules to live by that makes camping with friends drama-free and tons of fun.

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Want to Build a Camping Bed in Your Truck or Van? Follow These Tips
May 25, 2021

Want to Build a Camping Bed in Your Truck or Van? Follow These Tips

Looking to up your camping game in 2021? One way to do this is to retrofit your camper van or truck with a bed so you can sleep in ultimate comfort in your home-on-wheels. Below are 5 tips for how to build out a camper bed in your van, as well as a few tricks for organizing your gear when space is tight.

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10 Tips for Winter Camping in the Desert - Desert Overlanding Camp
February 23, 2021

10 Tips for Winter Camping in the Desert

Doing anything in the desert comes with a few added asterisks.  Winter camping in the desert is no different.  From plummeting temperatures to barren landscapes, it requires its own set of preparations.  When done right, the desert in the winter becomes a whole different planet, full of discovery.  Below are 10 tips to take with you on your next desert adventure.  These will help keep you safe, comfortable, and having fun.

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Winter Adventures: Tips for Adventuring In Cold Weather from the CMT Outbounders - Winter Camping
January 26, 2021

Winter Adventures: Tips for Adventuring In Cold Weather from the CMT Outbounders

Just because the weather is colder and there may be snow on the ground doesn’t mean the adventures need to stop.  Quite the opposite in fact!  Our Outbounders are vets when it comes to getting outside and turning winter into a wonderland.  We asked our Outbounders how they brave the cold and chase after their favorite winter adventures.  Check out what they had to say! 

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Winter Camping 101: How to Camp in the Snowy Months - Winter Camping
January 12, 2021

Winter Camping 101: How to Camp in the Snowy Months

This article lays out the basic tenets of winter camping, including what to pack, how to stay warm, and how to find the right level of difficulty for your outing, especially if you’re trying winter camping for the first time.  Keep these commandments in mind and before you know it, your whole calendar will be open for adventure.

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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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