Deuter Blog USA

Slovenia’s Hidden Gem: Slemenova Spica

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When people think of European travel, they commonly will list off some of the more popular and well documented mountain ranges: the Swiss Alps, Mont Blanc, maybe even the Italian Dolomites.  But tucked away just a stone’s throw away from Venice is the beautiful country of Slovenia, which boasts the equally beautiful, albeit still remotely unheard of Julian Alps and Triglav National Park. Holiday Criteria When I think of the ideal place to backpack on holiday, I will consistently list out a few criteria: 1) epic mountain peaks, 2) many…read more

9 Must-Have Oddities and Eccentricities in Your Backpack

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You’re packing up your bag for an outing in the wilderness with friends or family. What far-out/weird/unique must-have oddities do you ferret away for the journey?  We asked our Deuter ambassador crew. They delivered.  John Soltys – “A tutu to raise awareness and money for the fight against breast cancer. Also: style points.” Brittany Greer – “A Japanese sacred satchel (mystery contents, as you’re not allowed to ever open it) from the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, Japan. It never leaves my pack. It was a gift from a Japanese friend…read more

A vignette on the climbing life – “It’s good to see you”

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As I walked down the street of a small mountain town, a friend came into view. Smiles appeared on both of our faces as we got closer to each other. We hugged, and she said, “It’s good to see you.” I remember this day vividly because we had lost yet another mutual climber friend just months before, and it was hard not to be drawn back into that moment when seeing her. I replied, “It’s good to see you, too.” And she replied back, “No, I mean it, it really…read more

Hiking Like a Woman: An Interview with Rebecca Walsh

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Now, more than ever, I am proud to be a woman immersed in the outdoor culture. We are surrounded by powerful woman and woman-driven campaigns promoting the general badassery of the professional and recreational ladies of nature. My daily inspiration to get outside comes from so many, and Rebecca Walsh of Hike Like a Woman is high on that list. Her life and work are dedicated to the outdoors, and she has created an amazing community for all woman who are addicted to the trail. She’s as adventurous as they…read more

9 Cures for a Gnarly Case of Summit Stomach

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You’ve just reached the summit, completed a big ride or skied a massive untracked line. What specific food are you pulling out of your Deuter bag to chow down on?

Getting Deep in Volcano Country – The Guler Ice Caves

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The Pacific Northwest is volcano country. We’re constantly reminded of this by the presence of mountains like Mount Rainier, Mount Hood, and, of course, Mount Saint Helens. Their peaks, with attendant craters, some still steaming, are always on the horizon even if the clouds sometimes hide them. However, not all the volcanic history is above ground. The mountains are full of lava tubes and many are easily accessible and ready for exploring. The Ape Caves of Mount Saint Helens are well known and there’s a National Park Service unit built…read more

Capturing the Spirit of Adventure: An Interview with Ian Fohrman

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Ian Fohrman (@iandavidf) is a Denver-based photographer, writer, director, skier, biker, hunter and jack of all trades (master of most).  Although Ian’s creative endeavors are vast, his greatest passions live amongst nature and embracing the spirit of adventure. He’s inspired and determined to make this world a better place – one story and one photo at a time.    You’ve been professionally shooting photos for 10 years now. What’s the best part of what you do?   I get to explore, capture, and share photos of some of the best…read more

Guest Blogger: The Most Unusual Backpack Fitting Ever

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Editor’s note: No joke. This is a wild story. It involves a bad backpack, a dog/baby sick in the Alaskan outback, a strange man having a diabetic emergency on top of a volcano in Hawaii, a broken ankle and a double heli-evac. At the end our protagonist knows what kind of pack she wants. (Yes, of course, it’s a Deuter.) Think you’ve got a good story for the blog? Check out the Write For Us page, put some miles behind you and some pen to paper.  I spent last summer in Alaska as a traveling nurse….read more

‘Is This Pack Waterproof?’ How to Keep Your Gear Dry on the Trail

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For the first five days of my Appalachian Trail thru-hike it rained every day. With daytime highs hovering in the mid to upper 30s in the mountains of North Georgia, staying warm, dry and motivated was a challenge. I managed to stay motivated but struggled with the other two. My one solace was in knowing that I had a dry sleeping bag to crawl into at the end of the day. Fortunately, my one longer backpack trip before this – Vermont’s Long Trail – had also started with five days of rain and I…read more

Leading in Zion: Thoughts on Women in Climbing

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I don’t know what it is about Zion that’s so captivating to me. Perhaps it’s the feeling of being on another planet, or the long wall routes of endless sandstone that tower over you, inviting curious climbers to test their ability. Perhaps it’s the local vibe, from the Springdale Candy Company owners (a lovely couple from the midwest) to the adorable tchotchke shops with trinkets for all. Either way, Zion is made of some kind of magic and a place where magic happens. I’d visited a handful of times, but had never…read more