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Looking for end of year ways to be charitable? Considering donating to one or more of the following 18 national and local organizations that support our trails, promote outdoor stewardship, and conserve our wild places. As outdoor adventurers it’s our duty to support these groups!

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Do gloomy winter days get you down? This time of year doesn’t have to be glum! I’m a firm believer that staying active not only benefits your physical health but your mental health as well. Here are my tips for surviving the winter and having a fun time while doing it!

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Prepackaged dehydrated meals in the backcountry are quick and easy, but did you know you can make healthier homemade food for a fraction of the cost? Here are three of my favorite recipes for delicious, nutritious, easy-to-fix meals for outdoor adventuring.

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Trip Guides

Disappointment over my failed JMT attempt was replaced by excitement when I somehow lucked into Whitney day hike permits AND clearing smoke conditions. Standing on top of the Whitney summit at 14,505′ with my dad and stepmom right next to me was proof that life rarely unfolds exactly as planned.

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Trip Reports

And just like that, one of my biggest dreams was over. Hiking the John Muir Trail this year just wasn’t meant to be. All I can do now is remember the amazing 8 days I had on the trail. I met incredible people, I saw gorgeous country, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I sure hope to return!

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Friday I start a 220 mile backpacking adventure on the John Muir Trail. I’m both excited and terrified. What did I get myself into this time?!

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Trip Guides

Over 4th of July weekend I headed to the Sierras with my dad, stepmom, and friend to get some backpacking miles AND some altitude training in preparation for this summer’s 18-day backpack. And I bagged my 2nd 14er: Mount Langley!

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Gear Reviews

Weighing in at 2lb 5oz fully packed, the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2 is one of the lightest 2-person tents on the market. If you’re looking for a fantastic ultralight backpacking tent and aren’t afraid of spending a little extra cash to get it, I give the Fly Creek UL 2 a very enthusiastic TrailChick approval!

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Who inspires you to get out and explore? My outdoor hero is my amazing 69-year old dad who is living proof that staying fit and having an intrepid spirit keeps you eternally youthful. Happy Father’s Day to all!

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If you’re looking for a functional but fashionable skort for outdoor activities and casual wear look no further than Kühl’s Mova Skort. Made from KONTOUR™fabric, it’s comfortable, breathable, durable, and pretty darn cute! Check out the complete review!

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