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Cairn and Conor McElyea Upgrade Backpacker Adventures… Every Month



Conor McElyea, Senior Product Guru with Cairn, told his outdoor and professional story (hint: it involves a lot of mosquitos, a search for snow in a drought, and a smidge of tricking friends into the backcountry). Upgrade your adventures this month: Sign up at GetCairn.com (use the code “NATURE5” to save $5 off your first … Continue reading Cairn and Conor McElyea Upgrade Backpacker Adventures… Every Month


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A (Brief) History of Water Filters



Remember when you died of cholera? Dysentery? If you’re reading this, you didn’t die of those diseases. Water filtration and cleanliness is what keeps those diseases at bay. Slate.com recently published an article about why you shouldn’t filter your backcountry water, basically accusing the outdoor recreation industry of perpetuating myths about waterborne pathogens that only … Continue reading A (Brief) History of Water Filters


Patagonia’s Fight to Protect Our Wild West(ern) Lands



Patagonia’s Ron Hunter, manager of employee activism, joined Cody to talk about his life spent outdoors and why it inflamed his passion to protect wild spaces. From the 1950s, camping in national parks on family road trips, to Yosemite’s hallowed Camp 4 in the 1970s, Ron Hunter has spent a lifetime in love with America’s … Continue reading Patagonia’s Fight to Protect Our Wild West(ern) Lands


Why Joe Robinet Became a Outdoorsman



It all started in an empty lot in his neighborhood, next door to a mechanic’s shop. Make-believe with childhood friends turned into study and discipline, which took Joe to college, then into the woods as a guide. Joe’s Axe Recommendations I asked Joe for advice on axes during the interview. Here’s what he recommended: Gransfors … Continue reading Why Joe Robinet Became a Outdoorsman


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A Backpacking Beginners’ Guide to the 10 Essentials



You’ve finally been bitten by the bug. Maybe you were listening to Nature’s Call or watching a slick documentary like Valley Uprising and now you’re ready to hit the trail. Before you get out to some bag some peaks, you need to make sure you’ve got “The Ten Essentials.” These are the pieces of gear, … Continue reading A Backpacking Beginners’ Guide to the 10 Essentials


Building a Quinzee in the Canadian Wintry Wilds



Chris Penny is a lifelong Canadian outdoorsman. He’s been camping and playing in the snow since he was a kid in Ottawa. Building a Quinzee and Urban Camping at the Bus Station Chris told a story of building a quinzee that was too big to sleep in and the time he wouldn’t pay for a … Continue reading Building a Quinzee in the Canadian Wintry Wilds


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Trail Diary: Winding Stair Winter Overnight



  After a week of everyone in my office coming down with the flu, I got sick of fluorescent lights and coughing co-workers. So I ran away to one of my favorite places: Ouachita National Forest. Winter Overnight at Winding Stair I hiked a couple miles in and made camp under the rock shelf where … Continue reading Trail Diary: Winding Stair Winter Overnight


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The Magical History of the Camp Stove



The Year was 1850. Victorian high society was obsessed with the picnic. They translated all the baubles and sophistication of a Victorian dining room outside. They were really into the juxtaposition of the formal dining experience and the informality of the outdoors. Up until this point, picnics consisted of cold food: meats and cheeses, fruit, … Continue reading The Magical History of the Camp Stove


Palo Duro and the ultimate winter camping hack

Palo Duro and The Ultimate Winter Weather Camping Hack



Followed Annette McGivney’s advice and went to Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas Panhandle. Learn how Patrick and I planned the trip and what gear was necessary for winter camping in the second largest canyon system in the United States. Patrick and I had a blast. The Lighthouse is an amazing natural rock formation. Insert … Continue reading Palo Duro and The Ultimate Winter Weather Camping Hack


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Annette McGivney and Pure Land: How the Outdoors Can Overcome Trauma



Annette McGivney is the southwest editor of Backpacker Magazine and the author of Pure Land, available now. She explains her history with backpacking and the way that it helped her in her struggle with PTSD. Pure Land: A True Story of Three Lives and The Search for Heaven on Earth Annette’s newest book weaves together … Continue reading Annette McGivney and Pure Land: How the Outdoors Can Overcome Trauma