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The Grand Gulch Experiment: A Family Hike Without Llamas

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Investigating the ancient history of the desert Southwest can be mind blowing, but exploring it with a seven-year-old adds a whole other dimension of wonder. For families who are intimidated by the thought of undertaking a multi-day self-supported backpacking trip with kids, Grand Gulch, Utah, is a great playground for that first backcountry foray. The canyons are generally flat and dry (you rely on springs and potholes that collect rainwater), and we camped on slick rock. Along with the amenable terrain, the thing that makes Grand Gulch most appealing to…read more

A Three-Sport Birthday Extravaganza in Bend

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What better way to stare down the big four-oh than going on a road trip. With Julie’s big birthday on deck, we decided to get out of Dodge, visit friends and family and enjoy a three-sport trip. So, we loaded up the van with all our toys (and favorite Deuter packs) and headed north to Bend, Oregon. Julie wanted to enjoy her favorite outdoor activities: biking, fishing and climbing. OK, so skiing is number one, but with the lack of snow we’d moved on from winter. Julie had a great time…read more

The Perfect Pack for Microadventures

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A few weeks ago, the ​New York Times ​published ​an article ​praising the concept of the microadventure, or the adventure found in our immediate, local surroundings. As I read it, I smiled. I spent half of my childhood sleeping outside thanks to my parents’ ingenious idea to put a bed under a wall-­free lean­to in our yard. My family’s perception of a weekend party was inviting everyone over to play hide-and-seek on our four-­acre wooded property; there were no guarantees you would be found. In essence, I was raised to…read more

The Magic of the Northern Reaches

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For some it’s the West, but ever since I was very young, the idea of going “up north” was synonymous with a certain type of freedom. You could get away with and from lots of stuff out in the woods “up north” that would get you in deep trouble back down south in the world of teachers, pavement and endless rules. ‘Up north’ was where the boys went to be boys and the men went to escape the world of schedules, responsibility and those endless rules and laws. It has probably always been this way, and I hope it always…read more

A Good Pack Shines in the Shoulder Seasons

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For those of us whose lives are based on the seasons as we move from location to location for work or just activity to activity for play, appreciation for the “shoulder season” has grown. Sure, there is a little bit of compromise involved, but we find the best balance right there in the middle. As a ski mountaineering athlete for Deuter and Outdoor Research, I am always looking for ways to enjoy that space between those snowy trips in the mountains and the kayak guiding season in the San Juan…read more

When There’s No Such Thing As Too Much Paracord, You Can’t Go Counting Ounces

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Deaken Boggs, aka Dooter Man, is the winning guest contributor for April and proud new owner of an Airlite 16. Boggs is a college student at University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, studying natural resource planning and sustainable energies. An avid outdoorsman and hiker, he also loves to mountain bike, downhill ski, fish and canoe. A couple of years ago I went to a semester school in northern Wisconsin called Conserve School. With a program focus in environmental conservation and stewardship, we took many hiking, biking, canoeing and camping trips, but the…read more

The Brain and Subconscious . . . Of Your Deuter Backpack

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Packing your backpack properly is an art. At NOLS we teach our students to pack everything they need for a monthlong expedition, including at least a week’s worth of food, in a single 90-liter Deuter backpack while ensuring that the pack is comfortable and properly fit. There are various methods of packing expedition backpacks, but at NOLS we line our packs with heavy duty contractor bags and fit everything in using the Full Body Slam Method, which involves filling every void in the bag with something and using our full…read more

Top 10 Reasons To Go Climbing

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Why do we climb? Pondering this philosophical question, I have arrived at cliche responses: why does a runner need to run? Or a painter need to paint? The creative, passionate, inner explorative parts of being human needn’t be explained or justified. Or perhaps George Mallory summed it up succinctly with, “because it’s there.” Let’s try another approach. How about a David Letterman-style list! From the Worst Christmas Holiday songs to Bigfoot’s Pet Peeves, Letterman had great lists. Maybe some questions are best answered this way. Top Ten Reasons to Climb 10. Because the world is not…read more

Coming Back to Backpacking with the ACT LITE

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Deuter user Jonathon Runcan will be adding a Pace 30 to his gear closet as the winning guest contributor for March. Jonathon describes himself as a blessed man with a fantastic family of two dogs, one cat, and one son, all kept in check by his beautiful, fantastic wife. He credits his time as a youngster in the Boy Scouts for giving him a sense of adventure that has never faded. Interested in having your stories featured? Submit your content HERE. My wife and I decided to get back into…read more

The Joy of Rollers

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Every dirtbag climber goes through stages when it comes to gear, but the general consensus is the older you get, the more you want your gear to work for you. Thus, began my process toward the joy of appreciating the roller. I always looked at rolling luggage in the airport as a luxury. While headed back home to the Midwest or out on a big climbing trip I’d always cram everything I could into a backpack and cram it into the overhead compartment, or at a very last resort, check…read more