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Sunrise on a peak like Skylight can be an incredible experience.

The 10 Best Day Hikes in the Adirondack High Peaks

For those on the West Coast, 4,000-foot peaks might not even be worth blinking at. Not so, in the East. With our cities, and even most of our trailheads, sitting at less than 1,000 feet above sea level, it’s the comparatively small 4- and 5,000 footers that tower above. But even if these ancient, weathered peaks may be somewhat modest in size compared to the behemoths of the West, it certainly doesn’t make them any less spectacular.

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Pro Tips on How to Find Your Secret Wilderness Hideaway

There is a string of mountains in Colorado I hold near and dear to my heart, where green high-alpine valleys dotted with wildflowers like confetti meet dizzying rock spires, and steep, grassy hillsides tumble into the shimmering waters of untouched lakes. The effort to reach this pristine wilderness is not for the faint of heart: Getting there often involves steep elevation gains, poorly maintained trails, or sometimes, no trail at all. It took me four years to find these spots, and I could spend a lifetime discovering every valley, ridgeline, and high alpine creek among them.

This glorious sense of discovering something new is at the heart of exploring the wilderness, but it’s getting harder and harder to do these days. People are getting outdoors in record numbers, which is generally a positive, but one downside is the increasing difficulty of finding that “secret” spot that no one knows about. But it’s these very places that keep the adventure alive. Here, a few tricks to finding your secret wilderness spot.

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Looking for Gear? These Northeast Retailers Got You Covered

There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a simple walk in the woods. The smell of fresh air, the sounds of birds chirping, the wind whistling through the elms, and the friendly chatter with other hikers. It also doesn’t hurt that, when you’re out of cell service, the pace of things slows down, and you can really take it all in.READ MORE

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How to Go Beach Backpacking

What’s better than a vacation on a tropical island, walking barefoot down a soft sandy beach, listening to the soft lapping of waves and seagulls, or spying breaching dolphins and curious seals in the surf? Ditching the beach crowds for your own private wilderness, and forgoing the ritzy resort hotel with its fuzzy bathrobes and redundant oceanside pools for a tent and a bed on the world’s best natural mattress—the sand.

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Tips for Hikers on Preventing and Treating Blisters

What’s a hiker’s worst and most common enemy? Bears? Weather? No! It’s the common, but painful, blister.

Even a short day hike can seem like a death march when you have blisters, but there are ways to prevent this suffering, or at least reduce the pain. The key is to know potential pressure points where a blister can form, and to know how to recognize when one might be forming. Plus, you can take certain precautions before hitting the trail.

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7 Reasons Why You Want Wool for Working Out

There are a lot of misconceptions about wool still flying around in the outdoor world: rumors that it’s hot, scratchy, or generally uncomfortable. However, these assumptions are the farthest thing from the truth. People in cold climates have worn sheep’s wool clothing for centuries. Now, modern technologies allow manufacturers like Minus33 to create new fabrics out of this time-honored material that can stand up to warm weather and cold weather alike.

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Pro Tips on Building the Perfect Campfire

Building the perfect campfire: an indispensable skill for any outdoors enthusiast, given the life-saving properties of an emergency blaze—not to mention the fundamental bragging rights. (Take that too far, though, and you’ve got one of those arenas prone to obnoxious contests and condescending tutorials by insecure campers compelled to demonstrate their outdoorsy and macho bona fides.) Really, there’s no one formula that translates to the “best” campfire: There are certainly various options for fuel arrangement and materials, as long as you understand the basic principles of combustion.

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Merino Wool Doesn’t Smell!

So there is plenty to be said about the benefits of merino wool!  We can talk about it’s ‘fabled warm when wet’ properties.  We can talk about the ultra soft, non-itchy texture.  Or how about it’s durability and breathability.  Even its moisture wicking and temperature regulating properties.  All of which have been well documented, tested, and talked about.  All of which has made merino wool the most versatile and sought after outdoors fabric… But what about the smell?

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Airport Survival Tactics

Airport Survival Tactics

I recently had the experience of an airplane mechanical malfunction that needed to be addressed before we could board our flight. One would hope that the reaction to such a thing would be good:

“Oh thank god, I’m glad we have the ability to foresee potential problems and address them to prevent catastrophes.”

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My First Aid Kit

My First Aid Kit

Disclaimer: Never administer care outside of your scope of practice when it comes to emergency first responding. Offer help where you can, phone 911, and seek leadership from those who have the experience and the certifications.

The things I keep in my first aid kit are incredibly common and can make the difference when an emergency occurs in the day to day. I recently took a Wilderness First Responder course up in the Sierra Nevada wilderness and want to share some of the information I learned with you. The W.F.R. (pronounced “woofer”) offers an in depth look of emergency situations that can arise in the wild and what to do when they occur. While some things can only be done by certified responders: (performing CPR, clearings the spine, administering epinephrine, applying tourniquets, replacing dislocations) there are some things that can fall within everyone’s ability and can be useful just about anywhere in the world, especially on the trails where medical care can be farther away.

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Spring Walleyes 101

I have a lot of people ask me why I love to be on the water, why do I invest so much time in something that you can buy from a restaurant. I can never give a solid answer other than it is something of an obsession. I am obsessed with every aspect of fishing. From techniques to trophies, it’s the single most relaxing and distracting thing I do. I do work in an office setting so my time outside during the day is very limited. So, it makes my passion and desires to get outside that much greater.

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Keep Your Gear Like New: Cleaning, Repair, and Storage Tips

After a few days in the great outdoors, the last thing you want to do when you finally get home is tackle the task of cleaning your gear—we get it. But, as any outdoor enthusiast knows, gear is pricey stuff—and that’s if you buy it once. However, putting in just a little bit of time and effort into keeping your gear cleaned, fixed, and stored properly has big impact on its lifespan and performance.

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Promoting Safety in the Outdoors: Minus33’s Work with the hikeSafe Program

Even the most experienced hiker has had the unfortunate experience of being out in nature unprepared. Whether it was getting caught in an unexpected storm, having a piece of gear break, or running out of water on a hot day, we’ve all been there. And that’s what inspired the creation of hikeSafe, “a joint program between the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (NHF&G).” Originally developed in 2003, hikeSafe strives to educate people before they head out into the White Mountains and wilderness in New Hampshire.

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How to Make Your Life Adventure Ready

Some epic adventures are worth quitting your life for. We’re talking about the months-long bike tours, the overland trips, and the long distance backpacking trips. In between the epics, though, are a thousand tiny ways to get into the woods, from impromptu paddles to single-night backpacking trips.

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10 Reasons Adventures are Better with a Dog

10 Reasons Adventures are Better with a Dog

  1. They encourage you to get out and be active

One of the most important things when owning a dog, especially a large breed, is finding the time to exercise them in your busy life. Having a yard is great, but if your dog is anything like mine, she needs true adventure to fulfill that call of the wild. Weekly hikes and walks in the woods are a must for Kya and that time outdoors does wonders for my own health and stress levels as well! There’s many times when Kya being rambunctious inspired a hike that made my day better.

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