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THE BASICS OF SLEEPING PADS

THE BASICS OF SLEEPING PADS

Sleeping pads are like the hiking boot of your backcountry sleep system. Like a boot, the sleeping pad serves as your main connection to terra firma. Good choices can improve your backcountry experience when you…

BACKPACKING STOVE BASICS

BACKPACKING STOVE BASICS

If you’re headed to your favorite mountains for an adventure, you’ll likely need a way to boil water, or perhaps even COOK food to keep you fueled and at your backcountry best. Picking a new…

GAINING TRACTION IN AN UNUSUAL SUMMER

GAINING TRACTION IN AN UNUSUAL SUMMER

Colorado is known for its dynamic and surprising weather patterns, and this season is no exception. Unless you’ve been under a snow-covered rock all winter, you’ve come to the same conclusion we’ve come to at…

Forest Trail 1435: Browns Canyon National Monument

Forest Trail 1435: Browns Canyon National Monument

About Browns Canyon National Monument: On February 19, 2015, President Barack Obama declared 21,586 acres of forest, rivers, and canyons Browns Canyon National Monument. The monument is located between Salida and Buena Vista in view…

MSR TRAIL SHOT MICROFILTER

MSR TRAIL SHOT MICROFILTER

Pocket-sized. Immediate and effective. Made in the USA. I've been using the MSR Trail Shot ($49.95) while fly fishing and, I must say, it's changed the way I do things. If you often find yourself…

Backpacking Tents

Backpacking Tents

Food and shelter are basic needs, in or out of the mountains. Lightweight backpacking tents are reliable protection and keep you warm and dry despite Mother Nature’s best shots in the high country. Wind, rain,…

Hiking Poles

Hiking Poles As a matter of necessity, I was forced into using a walking stick in 1994 when my arthritic hip became too sore to walk on. I still wanted to participate in outdoor activities,…