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How to Choose the Best Hiking Trails

How to Choose the Right Hiking Trail

by Erin Gautier March 14, 2019

Some trails are familiar, like a pair of cushioned slippers formed to your feet. Each turn is comforting and warm, as known as the pages of your favorite book. Some trails are rocky and wild, proving to you with every mile both the thrill of nature and your own limitations. For different experience levels, locations, time constraints and moods, there are likely to be a variety of trails near you that meet your needs. With some helpful resources and considerations, finding the perfect hiking trail is easy.

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Problems Only Outdoorsy People Have

Problems Only Outdoorsy People Have

by Erin Gautier February 20, 2019

From hiking dog jealousy to estimating the calorie-to-weight ratio of entire grocery stores, outdoor adventurers have unique experiences all around. 

Here are just a few to make you laugh, paired with watercolor interpretations of outdoorsy absurdity. 

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A Guide to Investing in Essential Hiking Gear

A Guide to Investing in Essential Hiking Gear

by Erin Gautier February 01, 2019

My first pair of sturdy, quality hiking boots changed my outdoor experience. Before them, I tumbled around awkwardly in slippery, ill-fitting, non-breathable (and somehow also non-waterproof) boots, coming away from hikes happy but covered in scrapes, bruises, and favoring tender limbs. My arches would ache, and eventually, the dull pain would spread to my leg joints. Then I bought “my blue boots.” The most significant outdoor purchase I had ever made,  I was unconvinced that they would be worth it. Now, without a doubt in my mind, I can say they were absolutely worth the price.

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Self Care for Outdoor Adventurers

Self Care for Outdoor Adventurers

by Erin Gautier January 23, 2019

Hikers and backpackers are constantly outside and being active, even in the off season. The physical impact of carrying weight, working muscles repeatedly, and being exposed to uncontrolled conditions can take its toll both in the short and long term. Being able to hike, backpack, snowshoe and do whatever outdoor activities you choose is a special thing, and calls for attention to remain possible, comfortable, and enjoyable.

To stay healthy and protected from injuries, here are a few self-care tips to keep you doing what you love.

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How to Plan the Perfect Day of Snowshoeing

How to Plan the Perfect Day of Snowshoeing

by Erin Gautier January 04, 2019

Snowshoeing is an activity that can open your eyes to breathtaking new dimensions and faces of nature. Not only is it a fun and achievable goal to help you get outside during the winter, but it is an experience unlike any other that is sure to make an impression.

Though it can be overwhelming to think about planning a beginner trip in the winter weather, anyone can take a snowshoeing trip with the right preparation and mindset. For me, a cold-natured summer hiker, snowshoeing offers confidence in my own abilities and an outlet to enjoy the winter that I have grown to anticipate and love.

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Our Favorite Gift Ideas for Hikers

Our Favorite Gift Ideas for Hikers

by Austin Campbell November 16, 2018

The holidays are here and it's time to find a thoughtful gift for everyone on your list. To help we've picked a few of our favorite gift ideas to help you find the perfect gift for the outdoorsy hikers on your list.
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Tips for Finding Budget Friendly Hiking Gear

Tips for Finding Budget Friendly Hiking Gear

by Erin Gautier November 13, 2018

Where do you take friends and family when they come to visit?

Is it on your favorite hike, to a great coffee shop, to the biggest shopping mall, or somewhere else?

For me, though a few places make the list, bringing people to the most grand and gorgeous gear shop near me is an absolute must.

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The Forgotten Wild - Enjoying Nature Near Home

The Forgotten Wild - Enjoying Nature Near Home

by Erin Gautier November 01, 2018

Most of us are not professional athletes or full-time outdoor adventurers. Though our Instagrams and bookmarked pages might be filled with visually awesome, sweeping views and activity driven content, taking significant trips in the outdoors requires time, money, gear, education and preparation.

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A Beginner's Guide to the 10 Essentials

A Beginner's Guide to the 10 Essentials

by Erin Gautier October 11, 2018

Have you ever passed a hiker on the trail who looked prepared to summit K2 at any moment? I know I have, even on easy trails with the city in clear visibility. I have also watched as tourists in sandals and business casual attire embarked into the Grand Canyon, armed with Venti Starbucks drinks instead of water.

It can seem difficult to strike balance between overconcern and under preparation. That line was blurry to me when I began hiking alone, often resulting in me placing myself in needlessly uncomfortable and unsafe situations. What seemed missing was a description of the necessities of safe hiking, presented with reason and practicality for the beginner hiker in mind.

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The Best Tips for Shoulder Season Hiking

The Best Tips for Shoulder Season Hiking

by Erin Gautier September 25, 2018

Every year, fall slips in without a warning. I realize that the days are shorter, the mornings are crisp, and suddenly I find changing colors all around. In fall, midday temperatures are perfect for hiking and backpacking. A wonderland of new shades and patterns reveals itself, even in places you have visited all year long. The bugs regress to wherever bugs regress to, and colorful birds come out. Here in Colorado, the sound of bugling elk adds to the fall wilderness experience.
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A Beginner's Guide to Hiking: Series Intro

A Beginner's Guide to Hiking: Series Intro

by Erin Gautier September 08, 2018

Hiking... it is both calming and energizing. It is when I often feel most free. It can be whatever you want it to be- thoughtful or meditative, relaxing or challenging. It is a way to connect with the natural world, with others, and with yourself. It makes you more appreciative, and helps you understand your relative size. You discover beautiful things on every trail. It is one of the healthiest and most refreshing activities available.

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The Cold Natured Adventurer’s Guide to Hiking and Backpacking

The Cold Natured Adventurer’s Guide to Hiking and Backpacking

by Erin Gautier August 14, 2018

Chill bumps bristled on my arms. Gazing out over snow-tipped peaks, I felt torn. After hiking one of my first of Colorado’s 14ers, I wanted to remain in the breathtaking landscape surrounding me. I had entered another world, one that only existed above the clouds. I longed to linger there, but I was growing colder and colder with every breath. My mind clung to the chill as I shivered. It was summer. While others sported short sleeves and light jackets, I was swimming in multiple layers with gloves, a Buff, and ear warmers all haphazardly pulled on, looking like the whip cream and a cherry atop an icy sundae.
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5 - 7.5 38 - 40 23.5 - 25.5
Large
10 -12.5
8 - 10.5 41 - 45 26 - 28.5
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11 - 13.5 46 - 49 29 - 31

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11.5 - 14 45 - 47 29 - 31

 

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38 - 41
Length: 29" Width: 20"
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Length: 30" Width: 22"
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Length: 31" Width: 24"
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