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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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Map and Compass 101

WenatcheeOutdoors recently partnered with Cascade Subaru and Wenatchee Parks and Rec Department to run a multi-week navigation course. If you missed the course you can still pick up the basics from our map and compass slideshow.

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Winter Pre-Trip Planning

Winter outdoor adventures demand more thinking than most summer activities. Winter travelers need to be better attuned to snow, weather, and  terrain. Meanwhile, minor emergencies can snowball so more attention should be given to the details of an outing. Check out these notes from Week 2 of our Self-Sufficient Snowshoeing Class. 


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Backcountry Skiing - Book Review

I’ll come clean at the start, the three authors of Backcountry Skiing: Skills for Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering, are acquaintances of mine. That means my praise of their book needs to be taken with some suspicion. That being said, I'll also say this is the best and most authoritative book on the market about backcountry skiing.
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Light Sleepers (Gear)

In bygone days, I scoffed at the notion of using a sleeping pad. In the pursuit of traveling light, I stuffed my clothes into a plastic Glad Bag and slept on the wad. Somewhere around the age of 25, I de-evolved from a crash-anywhere guy into an amazingly light sleeper. That’s when my attitudes about sleeping pads took a turn. Suddenly, after a full day of climbing, hiking, or ski touring, a good night’s rest seemed worth the weight penalty of a...
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'Going' in the Woods

‘Downloading’ in the wilds – whether that’s in the woods while hiking, on glaciers while climbing, or along a river while car camping or canoeing – ranks as one of those least-discussed topics. It’s a topic novices are embarrassed asking about and one professionals are none to keen to hop on the soapbox and lecture about. So the whole mess gets swept under the rug. ...
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Drowning In Snow

Every winter a number of  Washington skiers and snowboarders who are enjoying our deep backcountry and off-piste snows, fall head-first into tree wells. A skier or snowboarder who ends up in this position can ‘drown’ as quickly as a person who has a cement block tied to his feet and is thrown into a river. Here's what you should know.

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