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On The Line: Heidi Dale Allen of Nikwax

Extending the Life of Your Outdoor Gear Nikwax was the first company in the world to produce a range of water-based products for restoring waterproofing at home. Not only do their products avoid emitt
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10 Winter Grilling Tips

Do you want grandpa to think you’re a softie because you won’t go out and grill your food in the cold? Of course not! He was probably cooking outside in 3 feet of snow, barefoot, after walking 12 mile
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Ice Safety Picks Could Save Your Life

If you grew up ice fishing you’ve probably seen a pair of ice safety picks. They’re also called ice claws, ice awls, bear claws, or ice grippers. They weigh almost nothing, and could mean
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My Top 10 Favorite Backpacking Trips

By Michael Lanza What makes a great backpacking trip? I’ve thought about that more than a mentally stable person probably should, having done many of America’s (and the world’s) most beautiful and bel
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Photo Gallery: Hiking Mount St. Helens

My family at the crater rim of Mount St. Helens, with Mount Adams in the distance. By Michael Lanza More than three decades after it erupted, Mount St. Helens has become one of the most sought-after s
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Can Burned Marshmallows Cause Cancer?

Have you ever wondered if burned marshmallows cause cancer? It would be a logical question to ask, since we’ve all heard about burned steaks increasing your cancer risk. Let’s touch on ste
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Video: Utah’s Slot Canyons Peek-A-Boo Gulch and Spooky Gulch

By Michael Lanza Send four kids age 10 to 12 through a tight, slot canyon where they have to pull themselves over short pour-offs, duck through natural arches, and twist and contort their bodies to sq
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Hands Down The Easiest Way To Clean Cast Iron

Truly the easiest way to clean cast iron Many years ago I became fed up with so called “non-stick” pans and switched to cast iron. While I love my 12 inch Lodge with all my heart, I’
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