January 16, 2015

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Choosing/Loading Your Backpack

Whether you are carrying an internal or external frame pack, you should load it with balance and the convenient location of gear in mind. A few basic packing principles apply to both styles of packs. Protect your sleeping bag. Internal frame packs have a special sleeping bag compartment in the bottom. External frame packs have […]

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January 7, 2015

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Hiking Boots Tips

Choosing Hiking Boots Your enjoyment on the trail rests literally on your feet. Nothing can end a great outdoor experience quicker than painful blisters, pinched toes or even injuries caused by inappropriate hiking boots. (The comfort, fit and construction of appropriate footwear can also add to your margin of safety in rugged terrain.) Here are […]

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November 20, 2014

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First Aid

The farther from the beaten path you venture, the more prepared you should be for a medical emergency. Always carry a first-aid kit designed for the type of trek and the number of people in your group. A variety of first-aid kits are available for day hikes, family camping trips or backpacking treks. Kits should […]

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April 24, 2014

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Low-Impact Hiking and Camping

Cooking Carry in, carry out. Before you hit the trail, repackage food into reusable containers. When empty, the containers can hold waste until you can dispose of it properly. Pack everything that you carry into the backcountry back out with you. In bear country, protect wildlife, your food supply and yourself by storing rations securely. […]

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April 19, 2015

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Kamik Womens Chicago Snow Boot

Turn the Windy City's Lakefront Trail in January, into a cozy stroll, in your Women's Kamik Chicago Snow Boot. Completely waterproof, and comfort rated down to -40 degrees F, this 10 in tall boot will wrap your foot in warmth and sleek style. The DriDefense waterproof bootie construction backs up the waterproof Icebug nylon upper […]

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April 19, 2015

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Vaude Astra Light 50 Backpack

Modern-styled travel and trekking pack with a large map compartment and fast zip, main compartment access. Zip lid pocket with organizer, Additional zip lid pocket inside, Removable preformed padded hipbelt with zip pockets, Map compartment, Gear loops, Side compression straps, Side mesh pockets, Floor compartment, Sternum strap, Opening for hydration system Price: $169.95

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April 19, 2015

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Marmot Womens Furlong Vest

Fashion and warmth go hand in hand with the Marmot Furlong Vest for women. Marmot uses the M2 softshell material for the body and adds faux fur details at the collar and arms for a cute and cozy look. Of course, the Furlong vest is patterned and sized for a flattering and feminine fit. This […]

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April 19, 2015

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Kamik Womens Acadia Snow Boot

Whether you're hiking up a frozen peak to enjoy a breath-catching view or you're trekking through the woods on your way to the sledding hill, the Kamik Women's Acadia Snow Boot will keep you in protective warmth and cozy comfort. Designed with waterproof suede, constructed for seam sealed protection, and featuring a moisture-wicking lining, these […]

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April 19, 2015

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Columbia Womens Benton Springs Vest

The most valuable piece of cool weather clothing in any outdoor wardrobe, the Women's Columbia Benton Springs Vest gives you core warming versatility that is simple, packable and stylish. This cushy and soft fleece adds quick warmth over a turtle neck shirt, layers perfectly as a midlayer under a shell, and changes up your look […]

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