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Where Does Your Merino Wool Come From?

Backcountry employees travel to New Zealand with Smartwool to get the facts about sustainable merino wool.

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climb // travel

Outdoor Climbing Competitions

Sarah Boles

Outdoor rock climbing competitions allow you to express your competitive spirit, no matter your abilities.

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climb

How to Choose a Belay Device

Sarah Boles

Selecting the most appropriate belay device is one of easiest and most important ways to climb safely.

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hike-camp

How to Transition to Ultralight Backpacking

Sarah Boles

The shift to ultralight backpacking requires examining your gear and changing your mindset. Lightweight backpacks, tents, and sleeping bags are at...

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hike-camp

Health Benefits of Hiking

Sarah Boles

Hiking gives you access to nature plus a workout that benefits both your body and mind. Here’s an overview of the physical and mental health...

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bike // climb // hike-camp // paddle // run // ski // snowboard // snowshoe // travel // road-bike // mountain-bike // surf

bike // climb // hike-camp // paddle // run // ski // snowboard // snowshoe // travel // road-bike // mountain-bike // surf

Our Partners in Outdoor Adventure

Alex Moliski

This Giving Tuesday, consider giving to one of these nonprofits that help support our mission of connecting people to their outdoor passions.

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Don’t Miss These Ice Climbing Festivals

Lily Krass

Ice climbing festivals around the country will help you boost your skills and meet new partners.

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hike-camp

Fire Pit Cooking

Maura Marko

Fire pit cooking is often the best way to prepare a meal while camping. It all starts with the essential camp cooking gear, like a Dutch oven and...

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ski // snowboard // travel

ski // snowboard // travel

NYBC

Get the details on Backcountry’s first ever pop-up shop in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City, open this winter.

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bike // hike-camp // ski // snowboard // surf

bike // hike-camp // ski // snowboard // surf

Meet the Wander Women Collective

The Wander Women Collective brings people together through the arts and the outdoors. Here’s a look at their three-part video series.

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Backcountry Adventure Sponsorship: Victor Chilson

Find out how one Backcountry employee took on the Grand Traverse Mountain Run in Crested Butte with the help of the company’s new adventure prize.

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hike-camp

Backcountry Adopts Two Trails in Utah

Maya Silver

This summer, Backcountry adopted two trails in Utah’s Cottonwood Canyons. Here’s how we helped maintain Lake Blanche and Red Pine Lake trails.