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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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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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Climbing Mt Rainier

Mt. Rainier

A few months back, I picked up a copy of “Life on the Edge” by Jim Whittaker.

Mt. Rainier is a centerpiece of the first few chapters, which got me curious about the mountain itself. After doing a bit of research, I concluded that it could be a good challenge at this point in my uphill habits.

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Rainy Lake Slabs

Rainy Lake Slabs

There is one thing that I enjoy every spring and that is a trip up to Rainy Lake in Northern Minnesota. This lake hides some of the biggest crappies in the state of Minnesota and every year it doesn’t disappoint. With the weather being unpredictable you must be prepared to have the right clothing at a minute. Minus33 shines and makes every trip fun and long-lasting.

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Living With Merinos

Behind the Scenes of the Steitzhof Merinos

John, one of our Merinoholics team members, takes us behind the scenes of his sheep farm in Montana. Note: The Steitzhof Merinos are bred specifically for hand spinning and are not used for the production of Minus33 garments. However, John takes us behind the scenes of what the sheep-raising process is like on a smaller scale. You can learn more about the Steitzhof Merinos here.

The Flock

I am a Merinoholic x2. Not only do I wear Merino wool, we raise Merino sheep. We live merino. After 30 years away from raising sheep, I came back with my first choice breed: Merino. I wanted the top of the wool market and I wanted to be different by raising colored ones. Carol, my wife, has quickly learned to be a great partner in this joint project. When I raised sheep back in the early 1980’s there were no black sheep. I think my mom kind of considered me one. Today, we raise only colored (brown, gray, black) purebred merinos with the finest wool traits we can find. Some are even spotted. Our Merinos have a strong proportion of AU and NZ genetics for improved traits. We are doing this in project mode, capping our flock at the 25 best. They compete for those spots. We are very honored to say our flock recently won the prestigious Black Sheep Cup this July at Black Sheep Gathering in Albany, OR for the 5 Best Handspinning Fleeces. We also had Grand Champion for the 2nd year in a row and Reserve Champion Colored Fleece.

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Halloween Hikes: The Spookiest Trails in America

There’s nothing like a scary story or creepy folklore to add some extra spirit to your hike. And there’s no better season than fall—the time for haunts and haints—to point your hiking boots in the direction of the spooky trails across the United States. The these hikes all feature some association with the supernatural (or, in one case, with a resident creature called a “cryptid”), from a little but mighty portentous black dog to a caterwauling spirit giving voice to her grief alongside one of the greatest canyons on the planet.

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The Spookiest Places in National Parks

America’s National Parks are home to beautiful vistas, miles of backcountry adventures—and stories that nightmares are made of. Wait, what? That’s right: Dig a little deeper into the history and legends of these beloved outdoor playgrounds, and you may find yourself quickening your pace on the trail. From creepy creatures to mysterious curses to downright terrifying tales, here are some of the spookiest spots in our national parks.

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8 Pro Tips for Spending a Year Living Out of Your Backpack

Taking a year to backpack abroad after college is an idea that just about every young person toys with at one point or another. After all, riding trains to places with unpronounceable names, tasting exotic foods, and meeting fascinating people in faraway places sure has more of a romantic appeal than growing your LinkedIn network and emailing out (unanswered) resumes and applications.

While I’d spent most of my young life vaguely planning a post-college backpacking trip, I spent senior year intensively laying out my grand escape.

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Wool vs. Merino Wool: 6 Notable Differences (And Why You Should Care)

Consider the early explorers of our planet’s farthest reaches—the hardy adventurers who climbed to remote summits and trudged to the Poles, often with minimal or barely functional equipment. Our ability to stay comfortable in harsh climates has come a long way since those days, in large part because of advances in equipment and clothing technology.READ MORE

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