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8 Reasons the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a Must-Visit Destination (for the Bold at Heart).

If you dream of treading untouched wilderness, watching caribou stream across pristine tundra, and viewing polar bears prowling the coast, there’s one place on Earth with your name on it: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Although the refuge often makes headlines for the decades-old battle against oil drilling that would disrupt its delicate ecological balance, this 19.2-million-acre wildlife sanctuary is truly remarkable for its immaculate wildness. It is a life-changing, otherworldly experience for the few hundreds of people who are bold enough to visit in any given year. Here are eight reasons why you should be one of them:

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Snow Caves, Igloos, and Fending Off Frostbite: An Icy Cold Winter Adventure

A chemiluminescent spark flashes through my neurons, jolting me awake from my shallow slumber. Cold air pierces my lungs as I shoot up and simultaneously slam my forehead into the icy shelf just inches above my shivering body. My hands and feet are numb, and I fight off panic as I try to figure out if I can actually move my frozen digits.

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Tips for Staying Warm Outside this Winter

10 Tips for Staying Warm Outside This Winter

Despite the cold temperatures, winter is a fantastic time to be outside. Yet the season is often viewed as something to be endured rather than celebrated. But those who think that way haven’t spent much time enjoying the cold weather. Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tubing, fat biking, and winter hiking are all excellent ways to spend time outdoors—and if you dress right, you’ll most likely be zipping off layers before you’re through. The key to any winter outdoor adventure is understanding how to dress—and that includes adjusting as your body warms and weather conditions change. With some basic knowledge and a few key pieces of clothing, it’s easy to remain comfortable—and warm—as you enjoy all that the season has to offer outside.

Here are 10 tips for helping you stay warm as you spend time outdoors this year.

 

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5 Winter Sports You Wouldn’t Expect to Find in the Midwest

Chicago may not have any mountains to speak of, but that doesn’t mean it’s devoid of winter fun. Downhill skiers and snowboarders willing to drive a bit can find plenty of places to get their thrills in Wisconsin and Michigan. You even have options like Galena, Villa Olivia, and Four Lakes in Illinois for those who need a closer fix.

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How to Tackle a Long-Distance Hike in Winter

Hiking the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail, which begins on Georgia’s Springer Mountain and runs all the way north to Mount Katahdin in Maine, is certainly a hardcore adventure. But making it through the 100-Mile Wilderness in Maine—generally considered the wildest, most remote section—earns another level of bragging rights. Signs posted by the Maine Appalachian Trail Coalition at either end of the trail sum it up nicely:

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How to Protect Yourself from the Elements on Your Next Hike

Whether you’re hiking in the mountains, the desert, or anywhere in between, preparation for the natural elements is a big part of planning any outdoor trip. Exposure on a hike can mean many different things, none of them good: lack of shade or shelter, prolonged time spent at altitude or in extreme temperatures, natural obstacles, and biting or stinging insects. They can vary from mild annoyances to possibly life-threatening injuries—and all should be taken seriously. It’s important to reduce your risk where you can and plan for the worst-case scenario when you’re far away from help. Cover these bases, and you’ll be well on your way to making sure you remember your outdoor adventures for the right reasons.

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Winter Camping: Pro Tips on Staying Warm and Savoring the Solitude

Winter doesn’t mean the camping season is over. With proper gear and planning, savvy outdoor lovers can immerse themselves in nature year-round—and savor the solitude and serenity of a winter landscape almost all to themselves. Cold weather camping is quiet and peaceful, and comes at slow, even introspective pace, since most other campers are long gone, but the sunsets are every bit as beautiful, and the campfires are even more comforting. Here’s how to do it, without dropping a bundle on gear.

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The Insider’s Guide to Mount Washington in Winter

Temperatures flirting with 20 below and winds gusting over 50 miles per hour aren’t exactly what you might expect when you start the drive up I-93 north from Boston under cool, but clear, winter skies. But in just a few hours of driving, you can quickly be transported into what, without hyperbole, can be described as the world’s worst weather.

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Layers For Biking

Wool Layers for Biking

It’s all about the layers. Even more so in the rainy, Pacific Northwest winter. Cold is one thing, but when you add rain into the mix things can get tricky. With the perfect system of Minus33 wool attire I can stay comfortable on the trails and ride my bike all season long!

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When Is It Too Late To Be Active?

When is it too Late to be Active?

At a young age, I wasn’t really into sports.

In fact, I couldn’t do much physical activity because of asthma and other health issues. Any moderate exercise would have me gasp for air, like a heavy smoker. Gym class was always challenging for me to the point where I ended up avoiding it entirely in high school. I came to the logical conclusion that sports were just not for me and focused on other hobbies instead.

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Minus33 on Mosquito Lagoon

Fishing takes many different forms. I am an avid fisherman in the Midwest and love to chase the fish native to most of the upper Midwest and Canada. However, when I travel, I always try to get on the water and try my hand at other species.

This time, we headed down to Florida in search of Redfish (or Red Drum), native to much of the Gulf of Mexico and the southeastern coast. They are hard fighting fish that produce some beautiful coloration. In this instance I was fortunate enough to get on Mosquito Lagoon, known for its monster Redfish and awesome scenery.

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Layering for a Green Christmas on the Slopes

Because I grew up in the snow belt of upstate NY, there’s something weird about not having a white Christmas. There’s something even more weird about riding up a chairlift, snowboard strapped on, with grass, dirt, and rocks beneath. With such a warm winter, any opportunity to ride on some freshly groomed snow is a good one.

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3 Must-Do Hikes in the Smokies

3 Must-Do Hikes in the Smokies

With over 850 miles of trails and unpaved roads, including 70 on the Appalachian Trail, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a great place to put your hiking boots on and explore!

Here are 3 must-do hikes to check out if you ever make it down! With all three you will experience breathtaking views, gushing waterfalls, loads of wildlife, and some serious elevation gain to get your daily cardio in!

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Ridge Cuff Beanie Review

With both the winter and New Year here, there are several pieces of clothing you will want in your arsenal. One of the most important? A hat!

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