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Backpacking with my kids amplifies a challenge any backpacker faces: finding a tent that provides good living space and stability without being a burdensome weight or filling your backpack. So on a trip with my kids in the Needles District of Utah’s Canyonlands National Park, without my wife or another adult to share the family food and gear load, I took the Flash 3 for a test drive and was blown away by the amount of space it has for a sub-five-pound, freestanding shelter.
And now you can win one in my giveaway at The Big Outside. What better way to celebrate Tax Day! Continue reading →
A good down jacket is gold in the backcountry, keeping you warm on frosty mornings in a mountain campsite, or staving off a chill during a break on a ski or snowshoeing tour on a winter day. Today’s the last chance for you to enter to win an outstanding, lightweight puffy jacket stuffed with high-tech, water-resistant feathers, the Big Agnes Hole in the Wall Jacket. Continue reading →
We don’t really think about how a down jacket is made. We just want it to be warm when we put it on, and preferably not too heavy or bulky for carrying in a pack. But what’s inside does matter, and it was design tricks borrowed from sleeping bags that explained why the Big Agnes Hole in the Wall Jacket kept me toasty on chilly nights and mornings from Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to Washington’s Glacier Peak Wilderness and Columbine Lake at 11,000 feet in Sequoia National Park. Not to mention that this three-season puffy jacket is stuffed with high-tech, water-resistant DownTek feathers.
And now you can win one, in the men’s or women’s size of your choice, in my giveaway at The Big Outside. Continue reading →
If you’re a backcountry skier, snowshoer, or climber, and you like to spend big days in the backcountry or take multi-day yurt and hut trips, you need a pack with a split personality: It has to be big enough to fit all of your food and gear for at least four days, yet carry like a smaller pack when you fill it only partially for day tours. The Gregory Targhee 45L did just that for me on a four-day, backcountry skiing trip to the Baldy Knoll yurt in Wyoming’s Tetons, thanks to superior stability and a highly versatile design.
And I’m giving away a Gregory Targhee 45L backpack (in a size of your choice) right now at The Big Outside. Continue reading →
By Michael Lanza
La Verkin Creek, swollen and bellowing with spring snowmelt, charges past us like a stampeding herd of bison—with a force and noise level that can make a reasonable person question the wisdom of stepping into its path. Deep in the Kolob Canyons in the northwest corner of Utah’s Zion National Park, it’s tearing enough dirt from its banks to turn the water muddy brown, making it impossible for us to gauge its depth. The pitch-darkness of shortly after 5 a.m. doesn’t help in that regard, either.
We need to get to the other side. Continue reading →