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Event Series: Thru-Hiking Te Araroa in New Zealand

Event Series: Thru-Hiking Te Araroa in New Zealand

by Austin Campbell March 17, 2017

CloudLine ambassadors Justin and Patrice Lavigne live a life less ordinary. They are constantly doing what they love and that involves adventures like thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2011, living in their van for months at a time, spending the summer guiding kids on outdoor adventures at summer camps, writing for Backpacker's Magazine, and in 2015 they thru-hiked New Zealand's long trail, Te Araroa. 

Beginning May 1st, 2017 the Lavigne's will be hitting the road in their camper van to speak about their thru-hike of Te Araroa at 31 events across the country. 

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11 Books About Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail that Aren't "Wild"

11 Books About Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail that Aren't "Wild"

by Austin Campbell March 02, 2017

Whether you are currently prepping for a 2017 thru-hike or just dreaming about someday checking the PCT off your bucket list, we've collected 11 books about the Pacific Crest Trail to add to your reading list. The PCT runs 2650 miles from Mexico to Canada and draws thousands of hikers for day hikes and thru-hikes each year. If you read Wild by Cheryl Strayed and loved it then these lesser known books about the Pacific Crest Trail will be right up your alley. Pick a couple or read all 11, and then at least go for a day hike on the PCT this summer or start planning your future thru-hike!

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Six Washington State Parks Worth Checking Out

Six Washington State Parks Worth Checking Out

by Brandon & Stacy from Pacific North Wanderers February 15, 2017

With well over 100 state parks in Washington, there’s always something to explore without traveling too far from home. The state’s many parks are located on the coast, in the mountains, on islands, and far out east. Many of the parks offer a range of activities from camping to hiking to exploring old bunkers when the park was once a fort. We’ve put together a list of our six favorite parks to visit.

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5 Ways to Prepare for a Successful Thru-Hike

5 Ways to Prepare for a Successful Thru-Hike

by Logan & Morgan from Trail Mix for Newlyweds January 25, 2017

The decision to thru-hike the Appalachian was initially an extremely overwhelming path to travel for us. Not only did outsiders begin bombarding us with a plethora of questions, our own minds seemed to be swimming in the thought of how much knowledge we’d have to acquire before a thru-hike was even a plausible feat. Let me tell ya, it is incredibly easy to let your mind wander tirelessly down a trail of daunting thoughts at first.

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Five Exercises to Help Prepare for Your Next Hiking or Backpacking Trip

Five Exercises to Help Prepare for Your Next Hiking or Backpacking Trip

by Katelyn Sepmoree January 22, 2017

Hello everyone, my name is Katelyn Sepmoree. I am a professional golfer who likes to do some recreational hiking on the side. Like with golf there are specific exercises that will be beneficial in training for your next time on the trail.

First, the best way to prepare for a backpacking trip is, of course, backpacking. However, here is a list of 5 exercises you can do in a gym to get you ready to hit the trail.

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7 Ways to Fill the New Year with Epic Adventures

7 Ways to Fill the New Year with Epic Adventures

by Austin Campbell January 05, 2017

The new year is here and 2017 is already off to an adventurous start. This year we didn't make a new year's resolution. To be honest, we never stick to our resolutions anyways. In place of a resolution, we've committed to 7 ways we want to fill the new year with epic adventures. Check them out below and we hope a few of them will inspire you to have an adventurous new year!

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Eat Well on the Trail with these Backpacking Meal Hacks

Eat Well on the Trail with these Backpacking Meal Hacks

by Melissa Lynn Lieser December 01, 2016

After a few days in the backcountry eating a steady rotation of the same meals, we are all looking to change things up a bit, right? With a little planning and carrying a few extra ingredients, there are so many fun ways to change up typical backpacking meals. Frequently, adding a little something increases the amount of the food so that there is enough for another friend or two. It can also up the nutritional value of the meal, giving you an extra boost after a long day. Or maybe you just want to change the dish a little because you’ve eaten it a few times in the past few days. Either way, here are some of my favorites.

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A Day on the Trail: Hiking Mt Rincon

A Day on the Trail: Hiking Mt Rincon

by Warren Maddox November 28, 2016

4:30 a.m. wake up call. 4 liters of water. 4 good friends. 1 hour drive. Bumpy back roads. Mountain views for breakfast. Cows, cows everywhere. MOO…OOOOVE.

The stoke is high as we begin our hike, running through the wash and bouncing over the rocky terrain deep in the mountain valley. Mt. Rincon towers in the distance. The cold morning air burns my nose and lungs. Hit the incline, pace is naturally slowed. Set the cruise control.

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Holiday Gift Guide: 76 Gift Ideas for Hikers, Campers, and Outdoor Adventurers

Holiday Gift Guide: 76 Gift Ideas for Hikers, Campers, and Outdoor Adventurers

by Austin Campbell November 22, 2016

Finding the perfect gift is hard, but don't worry we've made it easy by handpicking the best gear of the season. Browse the whole list or use the links below to jump to categories for Men, Women, Hiking, Skiing and more.

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Going Solo: Tips for Safely Hiking Alone

Going Solo: Tips for Safely Hiking Alone

by Austin Campbell October 28, 2016

Hiking alone can be peaceful and the perfect way to spend some quality time with yourself. Hiking alone can also be terrifying. Is that a cougar stalking me? Is that bearded dude hiking towards me dangerous? And what about Bigfoot? Don't worry those fears are mostly just in your head (except for Bigfoot) and taking a solo hike has some major advantages. You won't need to worry about that friend that's never on time, or waiting at the top of every switch back for a slow hiking partner, and you get to be fully in charge of the adventure you have. While hiking alone isn't as safe as using the buddy system and hiking with a friend, there are a few simple things you can do to have an epic solo adventure.

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12 Inspiring John Muir Quotes for Hikers and Backpackers

12 Inspiring John Muir Quotes for Hikers and Backpackers

by Austin Campbell October 25, 2016

John Muir is arguably one of the greatest adventurers in history. He was an author, philosopher, naturalist, inventor and of course a hiker. His efforts helped preserve Yosemite National Park and start the Sierra Club, and his writings continue to inspire new generations to get outside and experience nature through hiking and backpacking. Today we've gathered 12 of our favorite John Muir quotes, and we hope they will inspire you to plan your next adventure!

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6 Reasons Merino Wool Makes the Best Hiking and Running Socks

6 Reasons Merino Wool Makes the Best Hiking and Running Socks

by Austin Campbell October 13, 2016

Merino wool is an amazing natural fiber that comes from, you guessed it, Merino Sheep. If you're thinking to yourself, "yeah I've worn wool before and it was the itchiest experience of my life" then you had the misfortune of wearing a cheap pair of regular wool socks. Merino wool has extremely fine fibers compared to other breeds of sheep which makes merino incredibly soft and itch free in comparison. On top of being itch-free merino also has a long list of natural properties that truly make it a high-performance material.

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11 Tips for Hiking and Backpacking in the Rain

11 Tips for Hiking and Backpacking in the Rain

by Austin Campbell October 07, 2016

A rainy day doesn't need to keep you off the trail. With the proper preparation and gear hiking in the rain can be just as enjoyable as a clear day, just a little muddier. When it's raining you'll have popular trails, that you usually avoid because of the crowds, all to yourself. CloudLine is based in Seattle so we have spent many days testing hiking socks in the rain and over the years we've discovered 11 tricks that make sure we have a great day on the trail rain or shine.

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Alaska Adventures

Alaska Adventures

by Patrice La Vigne September 27, 2016

“Is it raining out?” Ryan, our 13-year-old nephew bellows from his sleeping bag. “I heard dripping on the tent all night and it still sounds like it is raining.”

For Justin and I, who have built a life around the outdoors and have hiked more than 12,000 miles together, walking in the rain comes with the territory. But, for our Gen Z nephew who finds walking home from the bus stop a chore, this could be a catastrophe.

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5 Knots Every Hiker and Backpacker Should Know

5 Knots Every Hiker and Backpacker Should Know

by Austin Campbell September 15, 2016

The right knot can be a life saver when you run into the unexpected in the backcountry. So if a granny knot is your go-to knot for every situation, it's time to upgrade your knot skills with these knots every hiker and backpacker should know. The 5 knots below are perfect for attaching loads to your pack, tensioning a rainfly, securely connecting two ropes, rescue lines and more. Best of all we've embedded Youtube tutorials from Backpacker Magazine's Knot School Series so learning each knot is as clear as possible.

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11 Best National Parks for Fall Hiking

11 Best National Parks for Fall Hiking

by Austin Campbell September 09, 2016

Fall is just around the corner, and we have been busy planning hikes in some of our favorite National Parks to enjoy the Autumn colors. Aside from the beautiful foliage, Fall means fewer crowds, and cooler temperatures perfect for hiking. We wish we could visit every park but Fall is short, so we've put 11 National Parks on our Fall hiking bucket list. Check out our picks below and start planning your Fall adventures in our National Parks. 

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6 Ways to Purify Water While Backpacking and Hiking

6 Ways to Purify Water While Backpacking and Hiking

by Austin Campbell September 01, 2016

A long hike or multi-day backpacking trip requires plenty of hydration and unless you want to weigh down your pack with water you should plan on bringing a water filtration or purification method. The options for purifying water in the backcountry have never been lighter or easier with solutions ranging from ultra light squeeze filters to high tech UV purifiers. Here we will look at 6 popular options for purifying water on the trail, so you can keep hydrated and happy on your next hiking or backpacking trip.

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National Geographic Just Made it Easy to Find Free Topo Maps for Your Next Hike

National Geographic Just Made it Easy to Find Free Topo Maps for Your Next Hike

by Austin Campbell August 10, 2016

The first item on the updated 10 Essentials list is navigation, yet many hikers explore new trails without bringing a map. Luckily, National Geographic just made it easy to make sure you have a map for every hike with their free printable PDF USGS Topo Map site. USGS Topo Maps have long been available for free online, but it was hard to find the map you needed, and they were a pain to print because they weren't sized to print on a standard printer. National Geographic just solved both of these complaints with their new easy to navigate website. And as an added bonus they have upgraded each USGS map with hillshadding, to help adventurers better visualize the terrain they will be hiking in.

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Hiking Recipe: How to Make Easy Homemade Beef Jerky

Hiking Recipe: How to Make Easy Homemade Beef Jerky

by Austin Campbell August 04, 2016

Today we are making one of the most ubiquitous hiking snacks around: delicious beef jerky. Making your own beef jerky beats store-bought jerky hands down because you can select the highest quality cut of meat and you can experiment with your favorite flavors to come up with a snack that is uniquely yours. Best of all making your own jerky can be easy with a few simple tricks we will explain in this recipe. 

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The Trail to Recovery: From Fall to Trail Marathon

The Trail to Recovery: From Fall to Trail Marathon

by Warren Maddox July 06, 2016

6 months ago I was in a hospital bed questioning everything I was working towards. What am I doing? Why am I doing it? Is it worth it? These questions flooded through my mind washing away my confidence as it wreaked havoc on my psyche. Feeling totally lost. Confused. Scared. But I got out of that bed. And when I went home to rehabilitate I never stopped asking myself these questions. But I did begin to get some answers. What am I doing? I am doing what I love. I am living my life to its fullest capacity as well as I can. I am learning to love life! Why am I doing it? I am doing this for me. Is it worth it?

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5 Inspirational Quotes About the Great Outdoors

5 Inspirational Quotes About the Great Outdoors

by Austin Campbell June 29, 2016

Spending time in the great outdoors hiking or camping is one of the best ways we know to destress and recharge after a hectic work week. Whether it is Monday morning or Friday afternoon, we are always looking forward to spending the weekend outside. Here is another roundup of some of our current favorite quotes about the great outdoors to inspire your adventures this week. 

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My Name is Laura and I am a Climber

My Name is Laura and I am a Climber

by Laura Berridge June 25, 2016

Hi, my name is Laura. I love rock climbing. I had my first accident a few weeks ago. I learned for it and will be stronger because of it. Many people in my life told me I was not worth anything, and people still question and put me down. They do not know me, and I do not need them to validate my existence. My social media is the outlet in which I try to share my journey, but it is just a brief look into my life. I try to make it the best reputation of who I am, and I will never apologize for who I am. I plan on making a lot of my dreams a reality, and I support everyone who has a dream that they are trying to make a reality. And hey, haters are always going to hate.

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Six Little Known Attractions in Washington State

Six Little Known Attractions in Washington State

by Brandon & Stacy from Pacific North Wanderers June 21, 2016

Washington state is known for magnificent mountains in the Cascades and Olympics; dry desert-like conditions of the east; 100+ wonderful Washington state parks, and the perfect Pacific Coast. Hiking, backpacking, camping and kayaking are popular outdoor recreational activities for this state. Today though, we’re not talking about any of those. Instead, we’re going to share some little known, yet still intriguing and exciting, attractions that will capture your imagination. We’ve lived in the state a number of years and we’re still finding these less explored areas which we like to refer to as hidden gems. 

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The Rewards of the Mountains

The Rewards of the Mountains

by Brandon Yonke June 14, 2016

When I arrived in Leadville, I stopped to grab a late-afternoon cup of coffee from City on a Hill, partly for the roasted goodness, but more to bother the locals for beta on the proximate 14ers. Mt. Elbert, Leadville’s backyard mountain, and Colorado’s tallest peak, was just begging to be climbed as the sun silhouetted the mountain from the other side. The orange horizon was interrupted only by the jagged outline of the Sawatch range, with Elbert piercing the sky.

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