Deuter Blog USA

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

Guest Blogger: Lost and found in the Moab weirdliness

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Moab, Utah is often given the enviable moniker of “mountain bike capital of the country” (if not the world.) The terrain is punishing. As is the weather. Nothing about this place is easy. And, that’s why we love it – “we” being, specifically, the dirt bag climbers, river rats and mountain bikers that are lucky enough to call this place home. Oh, yeah, and there are all those other folks that visit here, too, who love it – like about a million-and-a-half last year. For us guides, they sort of pay the…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

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

My Old Blue Backpack

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My backpack is in its final days. The buckles are mostly replacements at this point. Some of the zippers only open half way. A few gashes in the side have been sewn closed. The straps have to be opened all the way just to fit onto my body. The blue coloring is stained a motley of browns, yellows and blacks. The bottom of the pack is worn see-through in most places, and held together with duct tape in the worst spots. It’s been my backpack for 10 years now. When…read more

Red River Trad Climb, Under The Stars

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This night was going to be a night of firsts for me — I was about to do my first night climb, follow on my first trad route, and do my first multi-pitch climb all at once. It is 10 p.m. in the Red River Gorge, and I find myself driving down a small winding road in the pitch dark with new climbers I just had the pleasure of meeting a few days prior. My stomach is in knots, and I feel butterflies all over my body. We are getting…read more

Rubber to Earth: Wind River Country Team’s Race Prep 

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The third annual Cowboy Tough Expedition Race in Wyoming is fast approaching, and the Wind River Country Team is speeding along trails and roads at least as quickly. The three-and-a-half-day race, put on by Rev3, attracts athletes of all calibers. Teams range from elite adventure racers—like the Swedish Armed Forces Adventure Team and Nordic Adventure Racing—to crews new to expedition-length races (all teams are required to have experience on a shorter adventure race or applicable education, like a National Outdoor Leadership School course). The long weekend consists of navigating through…read more

Finding Solitude in the Trinity Alps

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David Stillman is the winning guest contributor for June and proud new owner of an ACT Trail 24. A fully fledged geek and adventurer in Boulder, CO, David enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, photography and exploring any old place he can get to. Follow him on twitter or visit his website where he’s written up many more adventures like this one. https://stilldavid.com/ If you want to visit some of the most breathtaking alpine lakes you’ve ever laid eyes on, make a trip to the Trinity Alps in Northern California. This year my girlfriend…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

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