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Free and Quick Print at Home Maps from Caltopo

Your GPS is useless. One cutting edge smartphone smashed on the rocks when you slip, a battery you were positive you just charged but now it is blinking red.  Well, that fancy-shmancy tech is now just dead weight.  Don’t get caught without a backup when useless happens to you. You always need to take a …

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How to Use a Compass for the Absolute Beginner

How to Use a Compass for the Absolute Beginner

We stalked 100 compass owners* and found out what they were doing with their compasses.  Here are the Top 5 Ways to Use a Compass: 5 – Arch support. Forget about those expensive inserts. If you have a compass, your days of collapsing arches are over! Simply insert the compass into your shoe and viola, …

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video gamers outside off the couch

How to Get Gamers Outside and Off the Couch

Up up down down left right left right B A……….  If you didn’t play video games in the 1980’s or 90’s, this phrase sounds more like the crappy directions your aunt Sally gave you to find her favorite fishin’ hole than anything useful. But as any kid who played video games will know, this is …

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Lesson from 30 Days Outside

On my list of least favorite things to do, going outside with my 5 children on a cold, rainy night in December falls somewhere between cleaning oatmeal out of my toddler’s ear and finding the remote control for the television.  In all honesty, I would probably rather watch MacGyver.  Diffusing bombs with ballpoint pens is …

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Easy Last Minute Gifts to Get Anyone Outside

It’s here!  You need a super special gift for that super special someone.  And of course you want it to be an outdoor gift, a gift that will encourage them to adventure and enjoy the benefits of extra time outside.  Ok, maybe that isn’t your top criteria for gift selection but I think you would …

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30-day 15 Minutes Outside Challenge

Somehow it is almost December and I’m pretty sure I’m in denial about the end of the year sneaking up on me already.  But here it is with Thanksgiving, Black Friday sales, a flurry of holiday decorating and gift buying, and then Christmas for our family or other major holidays for millions around the world. …

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Don't Be This Years Lost Hunter Take A Map

Don’t Be This Year’s Lost Hunter – Take a Map!

Today was supposed to be a post on American made outdoor gear (coming soon, promise!).  Instead, I heard a story just this morning.  Tell me if it sounds familiar. Two teenage boys went out hunting yesterday and never reported home.  Search and rescue is called out to look for them.  The family is frantically worried …

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