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I’m a map junkie, always looking for my next cartograph­ic fix. To me, maps are more than just drawings—they’re adventures waiting to happen, gateways to exciting new worlds. And for backcountry travel, I crave the best topograph­ic maps I can get. The U.S. Geological Survey publishes topos for the con­tiguous U.S. at a scale of…

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In 1955, Emma “Grandma” Gatewood became the first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. She was 67 years old and walked the entire route in a pair of Keds sneakers, carrying only an army blanket, a change of clothes, and a shower curtain for shelter. Her pack was a strapless handmade denim sack toted atop…

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Outdoor gear has a rough life. Thrown in the dirt. Tossed on the rocks. Snagged by branches. Nicked by knives, crampons, and other unfriendly objects. The rigors of the trail inevitably take a toll on your equipment, leading to minor rips, gaping tears, and the occasional calamity. Don’t let a gear problem slow you down…

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We know there’s no such thing as a healthy tan, so we dutifully apply sunscreen before we head out. But is there more to it than that? Are we using enough of the right product to ward off premature aging and skin cancer? This summer, protect your youthful looks, maintain your winter pale, and shield…

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When I was a kid, my family camped with a monster. Its name was Big Blue. A sail-sized swath of azure fabric, this beast of a tent demanded serious attention. Upon arriving at camp, we meticulously assembled dozens of separate pole sections that had to be attached in a very particular (and never remembered) order….

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Crowbars, hacksaws, bolt cutters, and Bic pens…life can be tough for a bike lock. As the spiraling price of oil entices more and more people to trade gas pedals for bike pedals, the pickings are getting rich for savvy bike thieves, especially if new riders aren’t taking proper precautions against theft. So lock and load…

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It’s ironic that outdoor enthusiasts—a generally eco-conscious bunch—clothe and outfit themselves extensively with petroleum-based products like polyester and nylon. The reason is simple. Compared to natural alternatives, the advantages of synthetic materials—lightweight, fast-drying, durable—are usually more desirable, at least when it comes to outdoor activities. So how can you reduce your gear’s carbon footprint without…

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A knife is considered one of the 10 essentials, a critical piece of outdoor gear for safety, convenience, and whittling your marshmallow stick. There is a vast universe of knife styles and models out there, however, ranging in price from $25 to $100 and beyond. So how do you hone in on the right edge?…

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Maple syrup has always been a staple in our house. It was brought out on Sundays when Mom made pancakes or waffles. Every once in a while we would buy a small container of real maple syrup while on vacation. My brother would then slowly ration the precious liquid and could make a seemingly small…

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Once your socks get soaking wet, your boots start churning up an unpleasant cocktail of squishy feet, cold toes, and mushy blisters. A good pair of gaiters helps protect you from this soggy fate by keeping snow, muck, and wet from getting into your boots in the first place. They can also save your feet…

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