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Category Archives: Accessories

The Gear I Used for a Hut-to-Hut Trail-Running Trip in Switzerland

What do you carry when running for nine days and 145 miles through the Swiss Alps? As little as possible, friends and I learned last September while tackling the Via Valais route from Verbier to Zermatt. Athletes instead lean hard on the excellent Swiss hut system, and the occasional valley hotel, for most food and […]

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Editors’ Picks: What We’re Gifting Our Mom-Figures for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8. If you’re looking for a gift and haven’t quite figured it out yet, don’t fret—hopefully this list of our top editors’ picks will get the creative juices flowing and help you pick. (We also polled outdoorsy moms and asked them what they really want.) Here’s the apparel, equipment, and […]

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The Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Outdoorsy Moms

Parenting through a two-year pandemic has been a lot like achieving anything tough outdoors: challenging, sometimes overwhelming, a few tears, but in the end, rewarding. Now it’s time to reward the women who hold it all together. We asked the moms, mother figures, and caregivers of Basecamp—a Facebook group for folks interested in the outdoor […]

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Everything You Need for Mud and Wind Season

The end of winter can be terrible. Snowmelt causes mud, which greedily clings to dogs, bikes, shoes, and tires, creating a mess in your car and house. At the same time, warming air temperatures cause wind, which blows dust into your eyes and makes the days feel colder than they should be. To help mitigate […]

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Fastpacking 101: What You Need for This Running-Backpacking Hybrid

I have to confess, I find backpacking quite boring. And not for a lack of trying, either—I grew up backpacking with my parents and high school friends, and was even a guide on youth trips in Montana. I still get talked into a trip once in a while, but besides the camaraderie, backpacking feels monotonous, slow, and […]

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