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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…
Backcountry Skiing Packing List

Backcountry Skiing Packing List

by Margaret Hedderman
If I don’t write it down, I’ll forget it. Eleven out of ten times. That’s why I have a packing list for every activity - backpacking, climbing, and backcountry snowboarding. (And yes, my lists are alphabetized, color-coded Google Doc spreadsheets. Do…
REVIEW: Osprey Transporter 95 Duffel Bag

REVIEW: Osprey Transporter 95 Duffel Bag

by Liz Blair
I recently purchased an Osprey Transporter 95L for a vacation to Hawaii. I’ve always been a fan of rolling luggage for airport travel, but I was happily surprised with Transporter features. I found it to be durable, simple to use, and most impor…