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Writing Contest: Tunnel of the Jurassic

Writing Contest: Tunnel of the Jurassic

by Kiva Nicholreimer
This past winter we hosted our first annual Youth Short Story & Essay Contest for writers 18-years-old and younger. We'll be posting the winning essays and short stories here on Crow Tales for the next few weeks. Our first story is by 13-year-old…
Trip Report: I Remember My First Time.... Backpacking

Trip Report: I Remember My First Time.... Backpacking

by Liz Blair
I was a Sophomore in college, living in Southern New Hampshire while I interned for a distribution company. With the White Mountains as my backyard, I spent a lot of time trail running, hiking, and camping but never backpacking. To be honest, I thoug…
REVIEW: Black Diamond ATC-Pilot

REVIEW: Black Diamond ATC-Pilot

by Aidan Multhauf
Black Diamond has finally created their version of the assisted braking belay device: the ATC Pilot. Weighing in at 92g, the ATC Pilot is compatible with any rope between 8.7mm and 10.5mm, costs $44.95 and is designed for climbers of any expertise to…
How to Choose a Backpack

How to Choose a Backpack

by Ben Rockis
One size doesn’t fit all. And neither does the style, weight, or even the brand when it comes to fitting a backpack. Over the years, I’ve helped countless customers of all shapes and sizes find a new backpack. Whatever the gear guides and magazi…
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.…