Cascade Mountain Tech News

hiking with trekking poles
September 08, 2020

Choosing Trekking Poles: Aluminum or Carbon Fiber

You’ve likely seen trekking poles made of two main materials: aluminum and carbon fiber, and you've likely found yourself asking, "What's the difference between these two?" and "What are the tradeoffs and benefits of each?" In this piece we’ll answer these questions, and more, so you can find the trekking poles that are perfect for your adventures.

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What to Bring on a Hike With Your Dog (Packing List Included)
August 25, 2020

What to Bring on a Hike With Your Dog (Packing List Included)

We’ve compiled a list of tips for how to pack when you’re going hiking with your dog as well as a comprehensive packing list for day hikes with your dog. Save this page in your bookmarks and you’ll never leave home unprepared when you head out for a hike with your dog.

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How to Responsibly Hike With Your Dog: 5 Tips for Safety and Trail Etiquette
August 18, 2020

How to Responsibly Hike With Your Dog: 5 Tips for Safety and Trail Etiquette

If you plan on hiking with your dog, be sure you know the fundamental rules of the trail. Whether you’re prepping for your first hike or you just need a refresher, the tips in this article will get you ready to hit the trail with your dog responsibly.

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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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creative storage for ski boots in small apartment
May 05, 2020

How to Organize Your Camping Gear at Home (Even in a Small Apartment)

My camping gear storage is not only dialed, it beautifully highlights for house guests what we’re passionate about.  Whether heading out for a day-hike, a weekend of car camping or even a multi-day ski tour trip - having our gear easily accessible makes packing easy and even fun (okay, maybe just for a gear nerd)!  Follow these steps and you too, can have well organized camping gear, even in a small apartment.

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gear check before going camping with the dogs
April 07, 2020

The Camping Gear that Should be in Every Home Survival Kit

The organized among us already keep our camping gear ready, grab bag-style, so we can hit the road the moment wanderlust strikes. Applying the same preparedness to our home emergency kit is the best way to cover our bases should things go sideways, a-la COVID-19, or worse. Here are 5 pieces of camping gear that everyone should have in their home emergency kit.

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What to Know When Buying a Cooler for Camping
March 24, 2020

What to Know When Buying a Cooler for Camping

When it comes to buying a cooler, it’s important that you get the very best camping cooler for the money.  Premium cooler technology has become widely available to the point where you can get elite performance without putting a chill through your bank account.  But what features really matter?  What should you be looking for when shopping for a camping cooler?  Do you need to break the bank or can your camping adventures be fully supported by an affordable rotomolded cooler?

Here are the features to know as you shop for your cooler and why they’re important.

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walking-hiking-stick
March 20, 2020

How to Choose Walking Hiking Sticks and Trekking Poles

When hitting the trails for a nice long walk or hike, many adventurists want to know if they should use a walking hiking stick or trekking poles and how to choose the right one.  

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How to Get Started in Night Photography
October 17, 2019

How to Get Started in Night Photography

There is a particular fascination that develops when the sun goes down and the night sky comes out. Perhaps it comes from the unknown of the darkness or the fact that we generally sleep when the stars are shining at their peak. Making photographs at night is no easy task, but I hope to give you some tips and tricks to help you feel more confident when you set out to give it a shot. 

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What to Know When Buying a Sleeping Bag
September 25, 2019

What to Know When Buying a Sleeping Bag

With fall swiftly approaching, many are starting to venture outdoors to bid farewell to the humid dog days and to welcome the crisp autumn air. As the leaves start to change their hues and fall from the trees, our eyes are drawn outside as we are once again reminded of the beauty of our seasonal surroundings. But the romance of outdoor exploration can quickly be stripped away by neglecting the importance of what’s keeping you warm when sleeping away in your bed, namely your sleeping bag. Regardless of your level of expertise, sleeping bags can seem scientific and intimidating with their different temperature ratings, materials, weights and shapes. This short guide will shed light on the specs that matter the most and should help to demystify the process of buying a new sleeping bag.

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How to Build Out Your Camp Kitchen
August 27, 2019

How to Build Out Your Camp Kitchen

Cooking a big meal in the great outdoors can be a little intimidating. There’s prep work to be done, a fire to light, pans to clean, and somehow never enough table space to slice & chop or set down a drink. It can feel tempting to reach for a bag of dehydrated lasagna, pass around a box of cookies and call it a night. No judgments if that’s how you roll, but if you’re willing to do a little planning, sharing a homemade camp meal with friends and family is well worth the effort. We’ve compiled a basic set of guidelines to help you get started for a smooth (and delicious) meal on your next weekend camping trip. 

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How to Make the Most of Your Super Cooler
July 22, 2019

How to Make the Most of Your Super Cooler

So you’ve finally updated your cooler by ditching your cheapo ice chest for something a bit more rugged and capable of ice retention. Congratulations! But how can you make the most of your super cooler? Breathe easy, because we’re about to drop some ice-cold knowledge to get you through summer’s heatwave.

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How to use trekking poles
August 20, 2018

How to use trekking poles

Trekking poles are simple to use and provide a lot of support for a walk or hike. If you are a first time user though it may not be so intuitive. We have provided the below guide to help get you started!

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