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How to Plan a Desert Backpacking Trip

How to Plan a Desert Backpacking Trip

by Margaret Hedderman
Mud season in Colorado means prime hiking and backpacking weather in the desert. Whether you’re planning your first overnighter in Canyonlands or venturing into the wilds of Dark Canyon, here are some tips to ace your desert backpacking trip. 1.…
Reviewed: Osprey's New Ariel Pro Backpack

Reviewed: Osprey's New Ariel Pro Backpack

by Margaret Hedderman
For those of you unafraid to customize your backpack with a pair of scissors – trimming those extra straps, organizational shelves, and the most unflattering fanny pack - Osprey has designed the backpack for you. The new Aether Pro and Ariel Pro is a…
Why Backpacking on a First Date Isn't a Terrible Idea...

Why Backpacking on a First Date Isn't a Terrible Idea...

by Liz Blair
Oh the places you'll date... What’s your ideal first date?Drinks? Dinner? Maybe a hike? Or dare I say, a movie? A typical first date tends to be pretty casual, an opportunity to get to know each other in a comfortable, public setting. There may…
How Ski Boots Are Supposed to Fit - a Q&A with Ben Rockis

How Ski Boots Are Supposed to Fit - a Q&A with Ben Rockis

by Margaret Hedderman
It’s the most commonly asked question this time of year: how are ski boots supposed to fit, anyway? Whether you’re a beginning skier or seasoned shredder, an ill-fitting boot can really foul up your day in the mountains. We asked Ben Rockis, owner of…
A Guide to Multi-Pitching with your S.O.

A Guide to Multi-Pitching with your S.O.

by Aidan Multhauf
Last summer, my girlfriend Katie and I took a couple days to tick off some climbs on the Lover’s Leap granite, just outside of Lake Tahoe. Our first day went without a hitch as we belayed each other up a three pitch linear climb. The next day we d…