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Rock Cairns: Art or Absurdity?

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First, let’s get this one straight: Rock cairns have been around since man was able to pick up objects and move them. There’s nothing new here, although these days we do have other things to think about, like our impact as a species on the environment and what our actions add or subtract to the outdoor experience. When cave men or Native Americans used rocks for navigation, communication or other tasks, the world didn’t have 6 billion people in it. When you move a rock you upset the small ecosystem…read more

Are You Following Your Outdoor Dreams?

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Not long ago, the Deuter USA Ambassador Team gathered for an outdoor summit in the Colorado Rockies. In celebration of our arrival, the sky opened up and dumped over two feet of snow on us over the course of our weekend meeting. While others bemoaned the early spring snowstorm, our team couldn’t wait to get out to do some product testing and frolic in the snow. Although our ambassadors may pursue different outdoor disciplines and interests, they all share a common passion for spending time outdoors and sharing their experiences…read more

Where To Hike In Hawaii: Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park

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If you want to hike the coastal mountains of the Hawaii, you can’t go wrong with the Kalalau Trail. It runs along the Nāpali Coast on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Locals will warn that if you want a parking spot near the trailhead, you’d best get up early, and they’re right. The parking lot is limited, and it also serves the beach goers at the nearby Ke’e State Park. After swimming through the sea of wild chickens in the parking lot, you’ll find yourself on the trail. If the…read more

Mountain Biking In Japan? You Bet, And That’s Not All

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For the first time in a long time, I went somewhere just to travel — not specifically for mountain biking, though I did get some in. To simply be a “geijin” (the Japanese equivalent of a Gringa). I went with no expectations and no plans. I wanted to openly explore the country that has long been on my bucket list. So I packed up the Deuter Helion 80 with all the gear (think durable roller with a legit backpack system) and my light and versatile ACT Trail 22 SL, and…read more

A Month Of Highlining In Remote Tasmania

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Tasmania is an island off the coast of Australia that is often overlooked because it is remote and expensive to reach. Yet in a relatively small space it boasts an incredible wealth of outdoor recreation. In just a few weeks I experienced sub-alpine landscapes with crystalline-blue lakes amidst scree fields and 200-meter cliffs, rugged and wild forests of Eucalyptus and conifers rising to sharp peaks and sheer drop-offs There were hexagonal pillars dropping hundreds of meters to the ocean, white sandy beaches and turquoise waves, ancient alcoves carved out by…read more

Scouting Report: Lightening The Load With Deuter

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Not long ago, I had the chance to try a loaded Deuter pack out on the trail. What a difference! It had rained for four days straight. The practice trails were closed and would remain closed until the rain and mud dried up. The five 15 year-old Boy Scouts and their three elderly leaders would not be dissuaded. We loaded our packs diligently with 30 pounds each, and the boys planned their 10-mile Saturday morning hike. They would stick to the paved paths wearing their rain gear and pack covers….read more

A Quick Checklist For Taking The Kids On A Big Hike

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Thinking about taking the kids along on a hike this summer? Family backpacking is made easier with a great gear list to refer to — because leaving something important at home is a big deal when you are far away from the car. As a general rule, we stay away from cotton and go with synthetic or wool clothing. It’s worth the investment (and can often be found on sale or at consignment shops) and keeps everyone comfortable and happy! This is the list we use for the kids for…read more

Hike With Your Baby, Hike, Hike It Baby!

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It’s no surprise that having children changes a person. Priorities definitely change, and passions, like hiking and the outdoors, from your pre-baby life can sometimes take a backseat to your new and important parenting role of keeping your precious little person alive and happy. My husband and I made the deliberate  decision soon after having kids. Instead of putting our hobbies on hold, we would instill them in our children. So, as soon as our boys could hold their heads steady (around six months old), into the Kid Comfort they…read more

If You Never Try, You’ll Never Know

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We may have an idea of how something feels, such as rock climbing or skydiving. Maybe we saw it in a movie once or a friend painted the perfect picture for us: an experience so vivid we felt like we were present the entire time. But the truth is that you will never know how something feels until you actually try it. I’ve adopted the “say yes to everything” mantra, and it’s changed my life in ways I had never imagined. I’ve climbed to the top of El Capitan in…read more

Old, New, Borrowed And Blue In Canyon Country

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For spring break this year, we decided to put a spin on our usual “let’s see how hard core we can get backpacking with a kid.” Instead of testing the limits of Kieran’s endurance on a multi-day wilderness trip (and the limits of construction our packs by stuffing them to the brim with pokey expedition gear) we went another route. Last year we went on a weeklong backpacking trip through Grand Gulch, Utah. This year, we returned to canyon country in Utah (“something old”) but car camped on Cedar Mesa…read more