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Building a Better Water BottleBackpackers, hikers, and climbers have always relied on reusable water bottles. But, with health concerns about some plastics making the news, many are wondering, is that old plastic bottle safe, or is it leaching chemical compounds?

photo: Kilimanjaro

Africa 2007: Photo Safari and Kilimanjaro Hike

Bill Straka reports on his December 2007 photo safari and Kilimanjaro hike.


Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008

Read about new kids' gear, packable dishes, pants with their own climbing harness, the first recycled and recyclable soft shell, a solar headlamp, and more from January's Outdoor Retailer Winter Market.

Recent Headlines

Backpacker Announces 2008 Editors' Choice Awards

Forest Service Encourages Kids to Get Outdoors

Washburn American Mountaineering Museum Opens

Mammut Announces Energy Neutral Rope Production

Study Shows Heat Accelerates BPA Release

More News »

Recent User Reviews

Mountain Hardwear EV 2 tent

Coleman Fyrestorm Ti Stove

SureFire E2L Outdoorsman flashlight

Spot Satellite Messenger

Snow Peak GigaPower Stove, Auto

Ex Officio Tofutech Tee Shirt

Mion Fast Canyon water shoe

MSR Reactor stove

MSR Lightning Ascent snowshoes

photo: Mountain Hardwear EV 2
Mountain Hardwear EV 2


photo: DeLorme Earthmate GPS PN-20
DeLorme Earthmate GPS PN-20


photo: Mion Fast Canyon
Mion Fast Canyon

Jetboil 1.5L Cooking Pot

DeLorme Earthmate GPS PN-20

Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Overboots

Magellan Triton 300 GPS receiver

Patagonia Capilene 2 Crew

Black Diamond Alpine CF trekking poles

Gregory Deva 60 backpack

Hennessy Expedition Asym hammock

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Forum Highlights

Stove for AT Thru-Hike

Children and backcountry

Tree climbing

Rehydrating food

People prefer videogames to the outdoors

Layering 102: I thought I knew what was going on...

Into the Wild

Trip Planning: West Coast Trail - Hammocks

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Trailspace Blog Hits

Gourmet Chocolate for the Backcountry Set

Giving Back: 1% For the Planet Donations

Choosing to Reuse: Safer Water Bottle Options

Recycle Your Dynamic Rope with Sterling

Outdoor Retailer Coverage

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Sales and Specials


Find clothing and gear up to 55% off at the Rock/Creek winter blowout.'s semi-annual sale includes 12,000 products at up to 70% off.


At Patagonia's Winterfest selected merchandise will be 30-50% off until February 21.

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