Guest Author Essays

MYOG: A Two Person Down Quilt by Wystiria

Two Person Quilt

Adventures in crafting a 2 person down quilt. For the last two years Sherpa and I have been using a winter weight down sleeping bag opened in a quilt fashion as our nightly backpacking insulation. This allowed us to cut the weight of our kit as we were only carrying …

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Rothiemurchus by Helen Fisher

Pass through the ancient Rothiemurchus Caledonian pine forest

The clearest way into the Universe is through a Forest Wilderness. — John Muir A great highlight for me during the time I spent in Scotland at the end of February with Kim, was spending some time in Rothiemurchus. We’d arrived there after the Torridon Chair of Terror walk (Coire Mhic …

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On Páramo Directional Clothing Systems

Gore-Tex and eVent have been the dominant forces in outdoor shell fabrics for decades. Although there have always been others, gaining a foothold in the marketplace has traditionally been an almost futile exercise as both companies battle for supremacy and that has engendered continually improving products. This year, the composition …

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What Rock Climbing Can Do for You by Katie Levy

Katie Levy Climbing

Rock climbing is more than just another outdoor sport and another excuse to accumulate an entire closet worth of gear. It’s a way to form incredible bonds with others, an excuse to travel to beautiful places, and a way to learn more than you ever thought possible about who you …

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