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Benign Peak, Chugach Mountains

As an avid peak bagger, there is nothing more appealing than a list of peaks. Between the “Seven Summits”, the “128 Ultras”, or the “50 US high points”, there is a great sense of satisfaction and accomplishment checking each new one off a personal list.

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How I Changed The Way I Train

I used to think that I was in good shape. I could hike up a mountain quickly and spend hours post-holing in the deep snow of mid-winter. But the thing is, I could because I would push myself really hard, too hard in fact.

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Some Choose a Bar or Club for Their Wild Nights…

The snow was thick, fluttering down now harder than ever, it was hard to believe that just an hour ago at the bottom of the pass I was sweating through my shirt. The air was crisp, cold, and quiet as I ascended the pass. It felt sharp in my lungs as I inhaled, packing down freshly fallen snow into the scree slope with every step. With an exhale, I took my last step up to the top of the pass, watching the condensation of my breath cloud the beautiful view before me.

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The Top 25 Life-Saving Survival Skills

The Top 25 Life-Saving Survival Skills

From maintaining a positive mindset to knowing how to start a fire without matches, survival experts share their go-to advice for making the best of any bad situation in the wild

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Renewable Scent Control

In order to get all the “necessary” gear, a new hunter can often feel like they may have to take out a loan just to afford it all. That idea didn’t appeal to me when trying to recruit new hunters. After doing some research, I found that there is a material that has two irreplaceable functions every hunter, new or experienced, desires and needs; scent control, which keeps stank out when you’re out and thermal regulation, that keeps you warm when it’s cold out and cool when it’s warm out. My Minus33 Merino Wool Clothing is my multi-function, Swiss-Army knife of apparel and I’ve got a hunting story to back that up. 

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Tennis Woolies

It is December in Los Angeles and that means that the weather is almost impossible to prepare for.

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Power of a Morning Bath

The Power of the Morning Bath, A Pro and Slow Start to your Day.

It is amazing the things you learn to appreciate when you are cut off from certain comforts of the world. When I was living and working on boats, the thing I missed most was hot water. More specifically, I missed soaking in a tub of hot water. Now that I am land based once more, I take a bath just about every morning. 

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Hunting When It’s Very, Very, Very Cold

Hunting When It’s Very, Very, Very Cold

What you need to look out for when the winter is at its worst

Hunting seasons are just about all done with by now, but since cold is much in the news, it’s worth reviewing some of the basics.

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Now Made in the USA: Minus33’s Merino Wool Socks

About 25 years ago, something radical occurred in the world of outdoor apparel. Merino wool socks made their debut in outdoor gear stores and significantly changed the way people viewed wool clothing. Unlike wool garments of the past, Merino socks were soft and not itchy, plus they delivered the warmth and performance of traditional wool. While Merino wool was first introduced in hiking socks, companies like Minus33 have expanded its use and include it in socks for everything from hunting to skiing to everyday wear.

While Merino wool socks are a relatively modern product, the family behind Minus33 has a long history with wool. It’s been the beating heart of a family business that dates back to the early 1900s. As times and technologies have changed, the family-run company has evolved to keep pace with customer demands. The company recently announced that it would begin manufacturing its high-quality Merino wool socks in the United States.

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8 Tips for Being Active in the Winter

A little creativity is needed to stay active in the winter. Short days, numerous layers of clothing, and stomach-filling holiday meals don’t exactly inspire an after-work run, bike ride, or weekend kayak trip. But, instead of hibernating when the temperatures drop and the sun sets before you get home, use the season to expand the ways you stay active and mix up your workout routine.

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Do You Know Your Mountain Trivia?

Size isn’t everything in a mountain. Neither is topographic prominence, or isolation, or vertical rise, or geologic age, or symmetry, or wildness.

The best mountains, of course, are those that get lodged in your heart so that you feel them even when you’re far away, and lodged in your subconscious so that you dream about them. Maybe it’s the Grand Teton or Denali; maybe it’s that anonymous desert butte or that glorified hillock you keep coming back to—a personal sacred summit, “stats” be damned.

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The Unbelievable Science Behind Wool

Through the millennia, wool has been unmatched by other textiles in terms of its collection of qualities. What makes wool such a miraculous material? Anyone who wears wool knows firsthand that it keeps you warm in chilly temperatures and cool in hot weather. You’ve probably also noticed how wool garments from companies such as Minus33 wick away moisture and stay odor-free. But how many wool lovers know the science behind this incredible fabric?

Here are all the answers to the big questions you have about the inner workings of wool, giving you full confidence when choosing your clothes and accessories.

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How to Make A Backcountry Thanksgiving Feast

If you’re heading to the backcountry this Thanksgiving, you don’t have to forego a traditional holiday meal just because you’re away from civilization. With a bit of early meal planning and a trip to the grocery store, you can feast on turkey and all the trimmings while you’re enjoying a night under the stars.

With this meal plan, you won’t spend a great amount of time prepping and cooking. But, you might need to pack a few items that aren’t as lightweight as what you’d typically carry into the backcountry. No, you don’t have to tote a Dutch oven, but you might need to carry a few canned goods, as well as extra pots and bowls to prepare and serve all of the food. If possible, eat your Thanksgiving feast the first night of any multi-day trip so you don’t have to carry the food weight for long. Also, you’ll need to adjust the following recipes to suit the size of your group.

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10 Amazing Fall Hikes Across the Country

There’s nothing quite like hiking during the autumn months. The bugs and crowds of summer have largely disappeared, and the wonderful mix of explosive colors, crisp, nostalgic breezes, and deep blue, cloudless skies have taken their place. Here are 10 amazing hiking destinations that will be perfect for witnessing the change in seasons.

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