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50 Campfires: Campfire Sessions – Alyssa Adario

This was a spectacular evening in camp. As if good company and food weren’t enough, we were also treated to the soft sounds of Alyssa Adario for the 50 Campfires Campfire Sessions. Her gentle approach
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Review: REI Talusphere Jacket

My daughter, Alex, wearing the REI Talusphere Jacket on the Tour du Mont Blanc. Rain Jacket REI Talusphere Jacket $149, 15 oz. (women’s small) Sizes: men’s S-XXL, women’s XS-XXL rei.com When trying to
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Making A Case For Merino Wool In The Summer

On a warm summer day, your first thought probably isn’t to grab any wool at all. On the contrary! Merino wool is just as useful in the summer as it is in the winter. First off, merino wool is na
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Ask Me: The Best Long Backpacking Trip in Idaho’s Sawtooths

Hi Michael, We are a group of eight fit and active backpackers (our mountains are the High Sierra) who are interested in heading to Idaho to check out the Sawtooths next summer. I know these are some
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NEMO Stargaze Luxury Recliner: Review

It’s not that often that a product fundamentally changes, whether it’s camping chairs, tents or camp stoves. That’s why it’s so exciting when it happens. And this is why we fre
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The 12 Best Dayhikes Along North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway

By Michael Lanza I’m a hiking snob—I admit it. I want all of the hiking trips I take to feature five-star scenery. And for years, I’ve done most of my dayhiking and backpacking in the American West, w
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Video: A Yellowstone ‘Bison Jam’

By Michael Lanza It’s the coolest, most fascinating traffic jam you’ll ever get stuck in—if a little unnerving, too—and something of an iconic experience in the world’s first nationa
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Dutch Oven Jalapeno Cheddar Bread

This loaf of bread takes some time, but it’s well worth it … especially when it’s warm, right out of the oven with a good rasher of soft butter spread from crust to crust. The first
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Ask Me: How Do I Stop Getting Battered Toes When Hiking?

Mike, I know this is a really random question, but when descending mountain trails my big toes suffer immensely. Besides tying the laces up really tight, is there a trick to protecting them without lo
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7 Pro Tips For Keeping Your Backpacking Gear Dry

By Michael Lanza From the rainforest of the North Cascades and Olympic National Park to New England, from the Tour du Mont Blanc to New Zealand (lead photo, above), I’ve carried a backpack through man
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