Outdoor Skills

Move from Gym to Crag with the Access Fund

Want to make the transition from rock gym to crag? The Access Fund offers up advice for responsible outdoor climbing practices that help preserve climbing access.

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How to Hang Your Bear Bag: Tips from Leave No Trace

Know how to hang a bear bag properly in the backcountry and keep bears (and your food) safe? Leave No Trace gives a refresher on this essential skill.

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Q&A: iRunFar's Bryon Powell on Ultra Running Gear and Inspiration

In a second installment, we catch up with Bryon Powell of iRunFar to talk about his favorite ultra running gear, barefoot/minimal footwear, product testing and reviews, and what inspires him on the trail.

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Do or Die: 5 Unique Survival Tips from American Alpine Club

If your expedition goes sour, first aid training and compass skills might not be enough to pull you from a life-threatening morass. The American Alpine Club shares five of its favorite backcountry survival tips and tricks.

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Q&A: iRunFar's Bryon Powell on Ultra Running and "Relentless Forward Progress"

We catch up with Bryon Powell of iRunFar to talk about the growing popularity of trail and ultra running, best and worst ultra moments, picking a first race, coaching tips, and his book "Relentless Forward Progress."

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How to Paddle a Canoe: Strokes and Techniques

Learn how to use that canoe paddle properly. From the J stroke to the sweep, draw, and pry, here are the basic paddling strokes and techniques you need to know for any canoe trip.

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Soak your worries away in trailside hot springs

Hot springs and winter hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing are a match made in heaven. Check out these five hot springs, and some tips and tricks for making the most of your hot spring experience.

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Safe Travel in Avalanche Terrain

Ninety percent of all avalanche victims die in slides triggered by themselves or by a member of their group. However, avalanche conditions are predictable and there are techniques you can learn to help minimize your risk in avalanche terrain.

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Hunting Season Safety Tips

A little extra caution is prudent if you plan on hiking, running, paddling or biking through natural areas where hunters are likely to be present.

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Learning Wilderness First Aid

Are you prepared to deal with a backcountry medical emergency?

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How to Wash Your Down Sleeping Bag

You've invested in a down sleeping bag you'll use for years to come. Now, treat it well on the trail and at home. Proper care and cleaning will help your bag last for many seasons. And a clean bag will have improved loft to keep you warmer.

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Guide to Lightweight Backpacking

Is your backpack so heavy that you need help lifting it off the ground? If so, perhaps it's time to learn about lightweight backpacking and how to reduce the weight of your pack to a more comfortable 10 to 15 percent of your body weight »

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Tread Lightly to Protect Climbing Access

Slip into stealth mode and follow these easy guidelines to help protect climbing access every time you’re at the crag.

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Lightweight Backpacking: Stove Systems

Consider the pros and cons of different lightweight backpacking stoves and how to think about stoves and cooking from the perspective of a lightweight backpacker.

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Lightweight Backpacking: Backpack Makeover

Consider a backpack that weighs between 1 and 3 pounds and can carry 20 to 30 pounds of gear. Learn how to size one, how to choose a pack made with durable fabrics, and how backpack suspensions work.

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