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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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Open Kayak Pool Session

We live around some of the best rivers in Washington State and there are a plethora of paddlers in the valley, but not much in the way of a community of paddlers. Having access to an indoor pool is a great way to help grow the paddling community.

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Super SUP

Kim Anderson reports how SUP (Stand-Up Paddling) is taking water by storm. It's what snowboarding was to snow twenty years ago. It's a cross between canoe paddling and long-board surfing. And it can be done on the Columbia River, Lake Wenatchee, Lake Chelan, or even on high mountain lakes. 

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Coolest Products -2

How quickly have we opened our mouths and inserted a foot. Right after professing in Coolest Products – 1 that we rarely see things at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Show that really knock our socks off, we saw something that promises to do just that.

Topo! Explorer, an Internet map website being launched by National Geographic in April, rates as the coolest thing we saw at the show this year. We previewed a beta version of the website...

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Coolest Products - 1

"What’s the coolest thing you saw?" That’s the ubiquitous question when we return from the Outdoor Retailer Winter Show in Salt Lake City. At the show, over 2,000 skiing, climbing, hiking, snowshoeing, and clothing manufacturers arrive to display their goods and gadgets. ...
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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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Coolest Products -2

How quickly have we opened our mouths and inserted a foot. Right after professing in Coolest Products – 1 that we rarely see things at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Show that really knock our socks off, we saw something that promises to do just that.

Topo! Explorer, an Internet map website being launched by National Geographic in April, rates as the coolest thing we saw at the show this year. We previewed a beta version of the website...