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A Beginner's Guide to Dispersed Camping
January 18, 2022

A Beginner's Guide to Dispersed Camping

Not only has dispersed camping become a safer option during COVID-19, but it's free! We'll tell you how to get started, and how to step up your dispersed camping game in this, our Beginner's Guide to Dispersed Camping.

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5 Epic Hikes in Death Valley National Park
January 07, 2022

5 Epic Hikes in Death Valley National Park

As a travel couple exploring different National Parks for the past year, we could not wait to visit Death Valley, National Park. We've heard so many great things and seen many epic pictures that we knew we had to go. However, it is such a large park that we didn't know where to start. Thankfully after lots of research and outlining a driving route, we embarked on a road trip through Death Valley National Park. There are so many things to see; however, here are 5 epic hikes that you can't miss!

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snowshoe tracks in snow
December 16, 2021

The History of Snowshoeing: A Trek Through Time

For those curious, it turns out the history of snowshoeing is somewhat mysterious. The archeological record is slim when it comes to the origin of snowshoes, and recent developments in the understanding of how humans came to the Americas have put something of a wrench in the gears of the generally accepted theory.

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healthy habits and benefits of hiking
November 17, 2021

The Health Benefits of Hiking - And Why You Should Consider Celebrating National Take A Hike Day

Why go on a hike? Well, hiking is great not only for your body but also for your mental health. And there are many reasons for this - so in this blog post, we will be highlighting both the mental and physical health benefits of hiking and why you should hit the trail to celebrate National Take a Hike Day this year.

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Mind Over Matter: Building Mental Fortitude in the Mountains
October 26, 2021

Mind Over Matter: Building Mental Fortitude in the Mountains

Nothing can stop you – you’ve reached the ultimate mind over matter groove. 

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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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What is a Monopod and Why You Need One?
September 27, 2021

What is a Monopod and Why You Need One?

What is a monopod? Well, the short answer is - it's the ultimate multi-purpose piece of hiking gear. The long answer is - it's the gear you wish you had when you've found yourself in the backcountry in one of the most stunning backdrops you've ever seen, but a selfie won't cut it, so the only way to get the perfect shot is by turning your trekking pole into a Monopod . . . still confused? Let's break it down.

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How A Road Trip Turned into a Lifestyle
September 21, 2021

How A Road Trip Turned into a Lifestyle

Hi, my name is Frank and I am a full time road tripper, adventurer, and content creator living out of my Honda Fit. You might wonder: "how did you end up as a full-time road tripper?" Well, this is the story of how my road trip accidentally turned into a lifestyle that I am still living 4 years later.

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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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From Bush to Table: Hand-Picked Berry Recipes You’ll Want to Make
September 08, 2021

From Bush to Table: Hand-Picked Berry Recipes You’ll Want to Make

If you’ve ever spent time in Washington during the summer, whether you are on an intensive hike or just going for a walk down around the neighborhood, you are bound to come across some berry bushes. You will know how hard it is to restrain yourself from plucking some delicious berries off the bushes all around you. From tart to sweet, and a variety of shapes, textures, sizes, and flavors it all looks delicious, however, some of the berries are not edible. Wild berries grow in abundance in Washington and all surround the Pacific Northwest. Before you go out and munch to your heart’s delight, be sure to know what to look for so you are safe while foraging for berries.

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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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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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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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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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Daughter and father hiking
June 08, 2021

Miles Hiked, Bonds Made: How Training for Mount Rainier Brought Me Closer to My Dad

Having been born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, I have always loved the outdoors. There is a certain kind of peace that can only be found while surrounded by nothing but trees, the mountains, and fresh air. Most of my fondest memories are paired with the smell of forest overgrowth and a little bit of sweat. My memories of climbing Rainier are filled with the same but even better because of the bonding I got to share with my dad along the way.

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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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Snowshoeing an Alaskan Glacier - Alaska Hike
May 11, 2021

Walk a Mile in My Shoes: Alaskan Glacier Edition

Alaska provides no shortage of adventure opportunities for myself and my husband, and we try our best to take advantage of the time we have while living here. To kick off 2021, we hiked to the Grewingk Glacier, which is located right outside of Homer, Alaska and is only accessible by boat or water taxi.  The Grewingk glacier itself is 13 miles long and located in the Kenai Mountains, near Kachemak Bay. 

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Road Tripping the PNW - What We Learned on Our Winter Road Trip - Oregon Coast
March 23, 2021

Road Tripping the PNW - What We Learned on Our Winter Road Trip

1 week, 3 states, and a whole heck of a lot of fun. This winter, my pod and I went on an epic road trip around the Pacific Northwest.  We went from coast to mountains, soaking in all the nature we could find. Follow along with me as I delve into the details of the trip and what I learned while road tripping the PNW in the winter.

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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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How the Sausage Gets Made: What Goes Into a Successful Elk Hunt (Plus an Elk Sausage Recipe) - Elk Sausage
February 09, 2021

How the Sausage Gets Made: What Goes Into a Successful Elk Hunt (Plus an Elk Sausage Recipe)

At first, the mountainside appeared like any other in this part of Utah.  The shades of brown underbrush, clumps of green trees, grey rocky outcroppings all jumbled together.  But as our eyes relaxed, the herd came into view.  At first, you see slight movements, heads craning up or looking around.  Their movements lead you to their outlines.  Then almost all at once, you realize the whole slope is covered in a herd of elk.  That first day of my elk hunt we spent about twice as much time driving around searching as we did actually hiking and stalking elk. 

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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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