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Review: The 10 Best Down Jackets of 2017

Testing the Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hoody in Wyoming’s Wind River Range. By Michael Lanza There’s a certain irony in looking for an insulated jacket for outdoor activities these days. While many of
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My Top 10 Family Outdoor Adventures

By Michael Lanza As a parent of teenagers who’s taken his kids on outdoor adventures since before they can remember, I’ll share with you the biggest and in some ways most surprising lesson I’ve learne
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Take a Top 5 Southwest Backpacking Trip: Paria Canyon

By Michael Lanza Walls of searing, orange-red sandstone towered hundreds of feet overhead in a chasm at times no more than a dozen strides across. A shallow river flowed like very thin, melted milk ch
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The Best Clothing Layers for Winter in the Backcountry

By Michael Lanza There’s one certainty about the clothing layers we use in winter: We get our money’s worth out of them. While a rain shell or puffy jacket may never come out of our pack on a summer h
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How to Dress in Layers for Winter in the Backcountry

By Michael Lanza If hiking, backpacking, and climbing from spring through fall teaches us the fundamentals of layering our clothing for comfort in variable mountain weather, heading into the backcount
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Gear Review: The 6 Best Hiking Daypacks

The best new hiking daypack of 2017, the Exped Skyline 15 daypack. By Michael Lanza Choosing a daypack for hiking can seem simple—until you see the dozens of choices out there today, which range all o
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10 Photos From 2017 That Will Inspire You to Get Outdoors

By Michael Lanza What adventures did you take in 2017 that reinvigorated you? I had a good year. The 10 photos that follow are favorite images from a list of trips I took over the past 12 months that
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12 Pro Tips For Staying Warm Outdoors in Winter

By Michael Lanza Staying warm while Nordic, downhill, or backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, or hiking in winter is a constant challenge: We sweat, our clothes get damp, then we get cold. But as humans h
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Video: Thru-Hiking the John Muir Trail

By Michael Lanza Will 2018 be the year that you hike the John Muir Trail? While next summer may seem very far off, an ambitious undertaking like a thru-hike of “America’s most beautiful trail”—more th
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