Half Dome Hiking Guide - Yosemite National Park

Half Dome Hiking Guide - Yosemite National Park

Standing 5,000 feet above Yosemite Valley, Half Dome is without a doubt a US National Park icon. The route to the summit traverses some of the park’s most popular and spectacular hiking trails. The most exhilarating part of the hike — hauling yourself up the cables to the summit of Half Dome — is a challenge you won’t soon forget. The ultimate reward for all your hard work is one of the best views in Yosemite Valley.

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10 Best Day Hikes in Glacier National Park

10 Best Day Hikes in Glacier National Park

With over 700 miles of trails winding through Glacier National Park, it can be hard to choose what areas you want to explore. The good news? You can’t go wrong in Glacier. With towering peaks, glistening turquoise lakes, wonderful wildlife sightings, and the possibility to get up close to a glacier, your options are endless.

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How To Repair, Wash, Store & Care For Your Sleeping Bag

How To Repair, Wash, Store & Care For Your Sleeping Bag

A quality sleeping bag may be one of the biggest backpacking investments you ever make. Your sleep sack will likely cost hundreds of dollars, but if you treat it with care, it’ll last for many years, possibly even decades. That said, nothing will ruin a quality sleeping bag faster than neglect.

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Steens Mountain Backpacking Guide - Southeastern Oregon

Steens Mountain Backpacking Guide - Southeastern Oregon

As you head toward the southeast corner of Oregon a panorama of raw wilderness stretches across the horizon, beckoning solitude seekers. The Steens Mountain monolith  runs nearly 60 miles from northeast to southwest and 18 miles across, with its summit sitting at nearly 9,733 feet.

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Henry's Fork Lake Loop - Uintas Backpacking Guide

Henry's Fork Lake Loop - Uintas Backpacking Guide

This loop explores a gorgeous alpine mountain basin with every enticement you dream of — misty mountain meadows, tall pines, small lakes and winding streams that tie it all together. And if that weren’t enough, the whole scene is framed by a massive mountain range with Kings Peak at its head.

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25 Great Deals at REI's Labor Day Sale

25 Great Deals at REI's Labor Day Sale

One of REI’s biggest sales of the year, the Labor Day Sale is happening  August 24 - September 3rd and includes some of our favorite backpacking, hiking, and camping gear. In addition to deep discounts, REI members also receive an extra 20% off one outlet item with coupon code: EXTRA20.


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17 Exciting New Backpacking Products from Outdoor Retailer

17 Exciting New Backpacking Products from Outdoor Retailer

We spent this week walking around the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver, drooling over all the awesome new gear coming to the backpacking world in 2019. Outdoor Retailer is one of the largest gear conferences in the world and this week we were fortunate enough to meet up with some of our favorite companies to get a sneak peek at their upcoming innovations.

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Amethyst Basin Backpacking Guide - High Uintas

Amethyst Basin Backpacking Guide  - High Uintas

Moderately challenging, this hike takes you up to a high alpine lake with gorgeous campsites options. The trail follows the Stillwater and Ostler Forks of the Bear River as it ascends about 2050 feet, passing beautiful waterfalls along the way, to a stunning cirque basin.

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Loowit Trail Loop - Mount St. Helens Backpacking Guide

 Loowit Trail Loop - Mount St. Helens Backpacking Guide

Similar to Rainer’s Wonderland Trail, Adam’s Round-the-Mountain Trail and Hood's Timberline Trail, the Loowit Trail around Mount St. Helens is nothing short of spectacular. If you enjoy solitude, navigation challenges, eye-popping vistas, and fascinating geology, consider adding the Loowit Trail to your list. 

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A Guide to Hiking in Torres del Paine: W, O, and Q Treks

A Guide to Hiking in Torres del Paine: W, O, and Q Treks

If it’s your first time visiting Patagonia, a visit to Torres del Paine will most likely be on your itinerary, and for good reason. This spectacular Chilean region offers some of the best trekking in the world -  dramatic granite spires, immense glaciers, glistening turquoise lakes - all the ingredients for an unforgettable and rugged adventure.

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Ticks & Hiking: How To Protect Yourself

Ticks & Hiking: How To Protect Yourself

Few things in the outdoors make people squirm as much as ticks, and for good reason. Besides being carriers of some awful diseases, they’re pretty disgusting to look at and remove, particularly when they're attached and engorged. In this article we'll cover general information on ticks, prevention, removal, and how to best protect yourself. 

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Jetboil MiniMo vs. MSR WindBurner

Jetboil MiniMo vs. MSR WindBurner

In the world of integrated stoves, two models stand apart in our opinion: the Jetboil MiniMo and MSR WindBurner. While both stoves perform very well and are worth recommending, we wanted to put the two systems up against each other to see which one wins out in a range of performance categories.

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Goat Rocks Wilderness Backpacking Guide

Goat Rocks Wilderness Backpacking Guide

The Goat Rocks Wilderness drapes over the crest of the Cascade Range in South-Central Washington, offering endless views of iconic Cascade peaks and volcanoes. Numerous snowfields flank its craggy ridges and peaks, while steep drainages open into basins filled with alpine meadows and glacial lakes.

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