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Reasons not to take your kids camping

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“You know, once you have kids you can’t backpack anymore.” “Say goodbye to traveling.” “How are you going to camp?” These are comments we heard when we decided to become parents. Those comments seemed crazy back then and they are still crazy today. Bret nor I began to really love the outdoors until we were in our late teens/early twenties. Bret spent a lot of his time backpacking the Grand Canyon and rock climbing in Queen Creek, Arizona. My love affair with the outdoors began when I started hiking, backpacking…read more

What’s holding you back from backpacking with your kids?

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It’s not that hard. Really. Backpacking with kids doesn’t take a super human effort and the rewards are immeasurable. Here are a few tips to get you and your family out there. Start with something you love. Something you really love. Kids are little polygraphs; they can totally tell when you’re faking it. If you love the beach, start there. If you love the mountains, go there. But don’t start by circumnavigating Vancouver Island’s beaches or climbing Kilimanjaro. Start small. Just a few miles to some place you’ve already scouted….read more

Deuter made the first mountain bike backpack … by accident!

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Deuter’s foray into mountain bike backpacks happened by accident. Literally. It was the winter of 1979-80, and Andi Heckmair was working as a certified mountain guide in Europe. There was an avalanche, and Heckmair — the son of a noted German climber — was injured in the slide. Badly enough, he would admit in interviews later, to take big mountain skiing and mountaineering off his list of favorite activities. Instead, he said, he focused on cycling. Heckmair’s pain would eventually become Deuter’s gain. Heckmair’s dive into cycling came just about…read more

A Presidential campaign everyone can support: The Presidential Traverse

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Any avid hiker in the northeast knows about the Presidential Traverse.  A string of nine (or 10 if you include Jackson) summits threaded through the White Mountains of New Hampshire with water falls, glowing moss, and stunning summits, it’s no wonder this venture is on most hikers’ bucket lists. It was on mine and it only took me three attempts. Like so many others, my first two trips were canceled due to hurricane-like, 110 mph winds on Mount Washington. Little known fact: Mount Washington held the highest recorded wind gust…read more

All About The Climbing: Everything Old Is New Again

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Deuter. Awesome hiking packs. The best kid carriers on the market. Sweet biking and ski packs. But some time ago — 1934 to be exact — Deuter first made its mark in the big mountain climbing world when it supplied the backpacks for the German Himalayan Expedition to Nanga Parbat. In 1953, Deuter was there when Austrian mountaineer Hermann Buhl made the first ascent of the 26,600-foot (8,126 meters) Nanga Parbet.  “Sooner or later, everything old is new again.” – Stephen King, The Colorado Kid At the annual Outdoor Retailer trade show…read more

For The Love Of Climbing: Kathy Karlo On Living Passionately

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We filmed this video on a climbing trip to Indian Creek, Utah. Budding film maker Sean Feiertag came to me one day and said, “You are constantly surrounded by people who are passionate about what they do. It’s inspiring.” He asked me if I wanted to make a short film that delivered a simple message: Do what you love with love. For both Sean and me, it’s always been about making every moment count and sharing them with the people we love the most. We knew that this video would resonate…read more

Is Pokemon GO Good For The Outdoors Community?

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By now you’ve heard of, seen, know about, play, or hate Pokemon GO. It’s doing something that most electronic games haven’t done: Getting people outside. But the biggest question on the outdoorsy mind is, “Does it belong?” I’ve seen the internet and social media full of hate for the game. Players may be getting outside, but they are not there to immerse themselves into the environment. Instead they are just staring at a screen. Seriously? Who cares! Let them catch Pokemon! This is a huge step in getting people off…read more

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