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Now you’ve seen what was under the tree and in your stocking, it’s time to fill in the holes! Here are a few ideas of that you can snag with all that holiday cash in the New Year sales, ready for an adventure filled 2016!
There is no universal blueprint as to how you should backpack. We all have our own motivations, needs and levels of experience. That being said, one thing upon which everyone can agree is that hiking is substantially easier and more enjoyable, if your pack doesn’t weigh the proverbial tonne. My five basic principles of Going Lighter in the wilderness are as follows:   1.  Safety First Going lighter should be a gradual process, which ideally should parallel a corresponding improvement of a hiker’s backcountry skill-set. When starting out, it is better to err on the side of caution by taking a little more than the bare necessities. Time spent in various types of environments, will gradually teach you what you can and can’t do without.   2.  Leave Behind the Non-Essentials Review each and every article in your pack and ask yourself two questions: Do I really need it? What will happen if I don’t have it? Hikers are often amazed at the amount of redundant items they have been carrying out of habit rather than necessity.   3.  Downsize the Essentials Lighter materials and innovative designs mean that it is easier than ever before to lower your pack weight simply by...
With summer right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about where you’re going for a summer vacation and how you’re going to get there. Whether you just want to get out of the city or get as far out from civilization as possible, travel for lovers of the great outdoors requires a certain type of vehicle. But, you need to consider where you want to go and what you need to pack before choosing the right vehicle for your trip.   For the Urban Explorer The Subaru Outback is a great combination for the person who needs a practical city car but still likes to get out every once in a while. Measuring in at just under 16-feet long, the Outback is the longest of the bunch, which makes it easier to fold down the seats and pack longer items like snowboards or bikes. The Outback is also a great car in terms of its gas mileage, being rated for 33 and 25 miles per gallon on the highway and in the city, respectively. This can help you keep your costs low when traveling.   For the Off-Roader Jeeps have always been associated with the outdoors, and the...
Courtesy of Melissa WallerThe first year of college was my first time being on my own and knowing nobody. It was a difficult experience and homesickness was real. I am now on my third semester, have been able to compare this semester to the last two, and realized they have been drastically different. College is hard enough on its own, but there are a few things that help me though. I hope these gear items help you as much as they helped me improve my college experience!   1. Chacos (Complete with cozy socks) How can I even begin to describe the comfort and joy I find when wearing my Chacos? They are probably the most practical shoes I, as a college student, have ever purchased. Just slip them on to go to class, to the airport, on a hike, to a sporting event (I love them for football or basketball games), or even when the intramural field floods! I seriously love these shoes. I have worn my red-footed, ZX/2 Yampa Fiesta Chacos on so many different occasions and in all sorts of weather (Sockos are the best). So get yourself a pair of v-toe socks and rock them this winter! Strutting your...

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