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A Ski for All Snowshoers

It was a world-record gathering of ‘Hoksters’ with 75 people arriving to learn about or to test 'Hoks,'  a product some call a sliding snowshoe, others a grippy ski. This short, wide ski has a permanent climbing skin covering half its length for grip going up and to control speed coming down.

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Hyper Light and Hyper White

My old pack was perfect…when I bought it. Its main drawback over the years was the opacity of its dark green and black fabric. That is when I was introduced to the Hyperlite Mountain Gear, Porter Pack...

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A Tale of Two 'Mids'

A review of two pyramid-styled tents: The Mega Light from Black Diamond and the Ultamid 4 from Hyperlite Mountain Gear. The Mega Light gets the nod for best value -- it's a quality product at an affordable price. The Ultamid gets kudos for being the best product, but the added space, increased strength, and reduced weight will cost you.

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Rise of the 'Mids'

In the outdoor world where needed equipment is usually strapped to your back, less is often more. Such is the case with floorless tents that rise from a wide base to a narrow apex and are generally referred to as pyramids, megamids or ‘mids'. Read our biased report about why these tents rule.

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Transceiver Interference

Andy Dappen discusses an interesting article from Avalanche Canada about interfering electronics and objects that might render your avalanche transceiver useless. For those of you who use one, this is important to read. Your foil chocolate bar wrapper may hinder this life saving device.

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Sneak Peak - Skis for 2015

People who think that testing ski equipment is an easy, posh job know nothing.  Testing this gear is brutal work. Andy Dappen reveals the impossibility of the task set before him at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City as he tried to evaluate next year's AT skis.

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Bug Be Gone

It’s happening earlier than normal this summer...we’re receiving word from mountain bikers riding near Lake Wenatchee and from hikers visiting the Squilchuck Basin that the vampires are emerging. How how do you keep them from sipping on your red wine?

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Gearing Up for Snowshoeing

On January 10 we ran the first session of our snowshoeing class (sponsored by Wenatchee Parks and Rec Dept and Cascade Subaru). The topic: Hardware, software, and emergency items needed for easy and adventurous snowshoe trips. Read the notes from that class.
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Outdoor Gifts for Christmas

Did you wait until the last minute to buy a Christmas present for the outdoor enthusiast in your family who seems to have everything?  It's not too late - we've compiled over a dozen items that will put a grin on the face of any hard-to-buy-for athlete on your list.
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Wool or Cotton -- What's Greener?

Which is greener Wool or Cotton? It’s not a black or white or answer and boils down to this choice: Do you want to keep pesticides out of the ground of greenhouse gases out of the air? Read a fuller discussion of this question at this link.