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Tips and tricks to make the most of your outdoor fun!

How To's

Ticks, mosquitos, and flies can unfortunately turn a beautiful outdoor adventure into a nightmare. Blech! Don’t want to bathe in DEET? Read about the non-toxic repellants that actually work, Permethrin and Picaridin, and get tips and tricks for preventing bites.

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It’s February, the time of year for wilderness permits and lotteries for Mount Rainier, the Enchantments and more! Read on for what’s right and wrong with reservation systems as well as important upcoming dates to know!

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Make a year-end donation to one of the following 18 national and local organizations that support trails, promote stewardship, and conserve our wild places. As outdoor adventurers it’s our duty to support these groups!

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The 10 essentials get a lot of press, but what about safety gear for your vehicle? Lots of scenarios can leave you stranded unexpectedly—a blown tire, inclement weather, challenging terrain, or simply bad directions. Check out this list of vehicle safety items that can make a big difference when the unexpected happens.

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Is backcountry skiing or snowboarding on your list of things to do? Not sure how to get started or make the transition from inbounds? As a new backcountry snowboarder, I’ve learned a lot that can help others with backcountry aspirations or who are new to the sport.

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What would happen if you were stranded overnight on your next hike or trail run? Would you be adequately prepared? It happened recently to many hikers in the Gorge when they found themselves unexpectedly trapped overnight only a few miles from the trailhead by a fast moving fire. Carrying essential gear, even on a short outing, increases your safety margin and can sometimes even make the difference between life and death.

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There’s nothing quite like spending the night outdoors, just you and your pooch. Backpacking with Jake dog has a special place in my heart and we’re here to share our tips and tricks for making sure you and your dog have a fantastic backpacking experience!

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After looking for that magical unicorn of a waterproof boot for many years, I’ve instead learned how to manage wet feet and keep them happy on the trail. Check out these tips and tricks!

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If you were caught outside in a lightning storm, would you know what to do? In my past Indiana life I volunteered as a SkyWarn Storm Spotter and my training came in handy this week when I made two big mistakes and got myself stuck on an exposed ridge near Alpine Lookout during a thunderstorm. Read how to reduce your lightning risks while adventuring outdoors.

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Want to make awesome lightweight backcountry meals and preserve fruit and veggies? Learn the art of food dehydration! It’s simple, easy, and fairly low cost to get started. Check out these tips to learn everything you need!

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