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Tagged with 'Outdoor'

Winter Backcountry Hut Trip Tips

Backcountry winter yurt trip

Are the mountains calling but it’s the dead of winter? You might consider planning a group winter hut or yurt trip, skiing or snowshoeing in with your pals through the beautiful backcountry. Winter travel in the backcountry might seem intimidating if you’ve never done it before, but it can be a truly unique and fun experience (not to mention crowd-free)—as long as you’re well prepared. Our in-house Gear Geniuses have put together a list of tips for snowy backcountry adventures that will help you make the most of your trip.

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How to Throw a Kids Adventure Race Birthday Party

The excitement was palpable as the teams huddled up to make final preparations before the start. They had just been given their maps and race passports minutes before. In many ways it felt like all the other adventure races we put on, except this time the athletes were much younger, shorter and had a little less of an attention span. Jason counted down “5, 4, 3, 2, 1,  GOOOO” and they were off. Four teams of 4-5 year olds raced off on bikes while their parents ran behind them. 

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PURE HUNTING’S WILLI SCHMIDT REVEALS HIS FAVORITE GEAR

Willi Schmidt Scouting for Game

If you’re familiar with the world of hunting, you might recognize our friend (and Field Team member) Willi Schmidt from his show Pure Hunting on The Sportsman Channel. Willi has been bow hunting for nearly 30 years, and enjoys sharing his expertise with the world. When Willi isn’t hunting or filming his series, he loves to play golf, work out in his home gym, spend time with his family and dogs, and explore the great outdoors around where he resides in Bozeman, Montana. We asked Willi to share his go-to gear he uses for hunting, as well as his favorite products for other areas of his active lifestyle.

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5 GAMES TO PLAY WITH A FLYING DISC

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There is something magical about flying discs. The way they effortlessly float through the air and can almost seem to hover as you run them down to catch one make them so much fun to play with. For most, the fun often stops with this basic game. I’m here to tell you that there are many other games you could be playing with your flying disc besides catch or Ultimate. Below are my five favorite flying disc games that are just as easy, but way more fun.

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HOW TO PLAN A SUCCESSFUL FAMILY BIKEPACKING TRIP

Riding bikes with the kids

By Guest Bloggers Jason and Chelsey Magness

As professional adventure racers and race directors my husband Jason and I love big endurance training trips.  But as new parents of Max (4) and Revel (1.5) it has been a fascination to look for ways to incorporate more adventure, play and training into our family life. One of our most favorite ways to check all of these boxes is to go on family bike-packing trips. When we had just one kid, it was much easier to go on backpacking trips (one person carried the kid, the other the camping gear), but once we added little brother Revel to the mix, we quickly turned to looking for other alternatives that allowed for us to manage even more gear and weight. 

We just got back from our fourth bike packing trip through Central Oregon and it was amazing. We took 4 days (3 nights) to do 120 miles, most of it on dirt roads with lots of play stops along the way. Every night we ended at a different lake or river to ensure easy water access and lots of water, dirt and sand play (a kid’s dream).  On average, we rode hard for about 2-3 hours before our first stop and tried to do a second push in the early to late afternoon after the kids had worn themselves out. A few days into the trip, we hit a small town, which proved to be a fun stop for the kids and enabled us to carry less weight in food and water knowing that we could refill during the trip.

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HOW TO MASTER YOUR NEXT FLOAT TRIP

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If you’ve been suffering through a summer heatwave where you live, you’re not alone. There’s no denying that we’re in the midst of the hot summer months, and you’re probably in search of activities to beat the heat. A float trip might be just the ticket – or getting on the water however you can, for that matter. Whether you’re planning to go tubing on a creek, paddle boarding at your local reservoir, white water rafting down a river, or kayaking around a lake, we have some tips and gear to make your trip easier, safer, and more fun.

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SOCIALIZE: HOW TO THROW AN EPIC BACKYARD BARBECUE THIS SUMMER

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Summer is now in full swing, and we’re ready for a party in the USA – or at least ready to start getting back together with our close family and friends again. What better way to celebrate than to throw a classic backyard barbecue? We’re here to help you bring that time-honored cookout to the next level this summer. Impress your guests with these seven party prep tips and product recommendations.

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10 WAYS TO MAXIMIZE YOUR SUMMER

Jumping into the lake

Summer is here and we’re more excited about it than ever. Considering how limiting our summer activities were last year, we’re looking to make up for lost time and make the most out of each and every long day this season. Here are 10 ways you can celebrate summer to the max, plus a piece of gear for each activity that will make the experience easier and/or more fun.

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HOW I OPTIMIZED MY GEAR (AND MY MIND) FOR THE IDITAROD TRAIL

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Imagine wanting to ski 350 miles through Alaska – next week, without much training or real experience on cross-country skis.  That’s the situation I found myself in a few months ago:  I was signed up to ski the Iditarod Trail Invitational, a 350-mile race through the interior of Alaska.  The only challenge was that I am neither a skier, nor had I ever completed a 350 mile non-stop race — and in true “me” fashion I didn’t have the time to properly train for this behemoth of an adventure, either.

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A PRACTICAL CAMPING GUIDE FOR THE NON-OUTDOORSY

Setting up the tent

Over the past year, the great outdoors has become a haven for people looking to escape the confines of the pandemic. Public spaces and lands are thriving as a result, with more people venturing to local trails, waterways, and campgrounds. For many, outdoor adventures are a new thing and a weekend trip to a local campground can be quite an intimidating experience. The good news is that there is plenty of space for everyone on public lands, and with a little research and preparation, a weekend camping trip to your local campground will not feel so daunting.

As a seasoned outdoorsman, I too find trips to new places to be filled with uncertainty, often presenting more questions than answers. During my research of campgrounds, I’ve noticed that information for the first-time camper is often limited to what is referred to as “the 10 essentials”. What is missing are those practical insights that answer important questions like, “Where am I going to poo? Is there a place to shower? And more importantly, will there be coffee?”

Fear not my city slicker friends–I have put together a more practical list of camping tips for the non-outdoorsy. We’ll start with the basics, and by the end of this post you will have some great resources to help prepare you for your next, or first, camping trip.

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