Cascade Mountain Tech News

Trail Essentials: Everything You Need to Know About Trekking Poles
August 09, 2021

Trail Essentials: Everything You Need to Know About Trekking Poles

We have created a complete guide to trekking poles and how to use them on your hiking adventures. We invite you to read on for valuable information on pole construction, tip covers, baskets, wrist straps, and ways to adjust them to the right height.

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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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Backpacking 101: How to Prepare for Your First Backcountry Camping Trip
July 20, 2021

Backpacking 101: How to Prepare for Your First Backcountry Camping Trip

Backpacking is an incredible way to experience the backcountry. Check out this comprehensive guide to prepare for your forest backpacking trip. From what gear to bring, to how to pack your backpack, to backcountry cooking, and trail etiquette, we hope this article can be your go-to guide for all things backpacking preparation.

 

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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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What Gear to Bring on Winter Adventures With Your Dog
March 09, 2021

What Gear to Bring on Winter Adventures With Your Dog

Winter adventures with your dog can be fun and joyful just like any other adventures.  It makes trips even more enjoyable and it's important to bring them along on the journey, but that may leave you asking ,”What gear should you bring on winter adventures with your dog?” This advice on gear will help you keep your dog safe, comfy and ready for whatever winter throws your way.  Be prepared for your next winter outing with your furry friend by making sure you pack these gear essentials.

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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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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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How to be Conscious of Special Needs Hikers and Campers
November 10, 2020

How to be Conscious of Special Needs Hikers and Campers

I share Cascade Mountain Tech’s heart for achievable adventure, and the strong belief that the outdoors should be accessible for everyone.  I’m excited to contribute to their family hiking resources by sharing how you can make a difference in inclusion on the trail.

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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 - Car Camping Cooler
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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