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Review: Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX® Hiking Shoes

Review: Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX® Hiking Shoes

by Margaret Hedderman
The standard route to the top of Mt. Sneffels (14,150 feet) climbs a steep scree slope for roughly 900’ before veering up a bouldery col with some Class 3 moves. This popular 14er in the San Juan Mountains demands a boot with an aggressive tread and…
Is this land made for you and me?

Is this land made for you and me?

by Margaret Hedderman
Sandstone colored lizards zip along the slickrock where they’ve been sunning themselves. We’ve startled them from their reverie. The sky is a stern blue, so intense it burns to look upon. Ravens flap overhead, their croaks and chortles echoing down t…
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 Arie…
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…