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Shinrin-yoku: the Medicine of the Forest
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Shinrin-yoku: the Medicine of the Forest

by Anna Fletcher “The physician heals, nature makes well.” – Aristotle Japanese culture brings us many interesting and useful words of wisdom. Mizu ni nagasu, translated literally “Let flow in the water”, means to forgive and forget (your trouble is water under the bridge, so to speak).  Saru mo ki kara [...]

Shelter: Tarps, Bivys, Tents, and Hammocks
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Shelter: Tarps, Bivys, Tents, and Hammocks

by Samarth Vasisht  Understanding what shelter system you want to use when backpacking can be an overwhelming and difficult decision. Here are some facts, pros and cons of each of the 4 primary systems to help make the process just a bit easier: Tarps.  Tarps are a great way to [...]

Three Western National Parks Worth a Visit in the Fall
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Three Western National Parks Worth a Visit in the Fall

by Ted Levin  While the government remains locked in a stalemate over the shutdown, much of our nation’s heritage sits still beyond barricades and blockades, hurting the economy and giving travelers headaches. Regardless of your political viewpoints, we can all agree that it’s a shame our National Parks aren’t able to [...]

The Ten Essentials: What You Need for Backpacking
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The Ten Essentials: What You Need for Backpacking

by Samarth Vasisht  The so-called “ten essentials” are a constantly debated and altered list within the backpacking community. Understanding what comprises the ten essentials and, most importantly, bringing them on every trip is a simple and easy way to ensure that you have a great time in the backcountry. 1. Navigation. Bring maps, [...]

Happy Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!
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Happy Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!

by Anna Fletcher “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings About 20% of all owned dogs were adopted from an animal shelter. It can be rewarding to know that when you adopt a shelter dog, you are saving [...]