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Steens Mountain Backpacking Guide – Southeastern Oregon
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As you head toward the southeast corner of Oregon a panorama of raw wilderness stretches across the horizon, beckoning solitude seekers. The Steens Mountain monolith runs nearly 60 miles from northeast to southwest and 18 miles across, with its summit sitting at nearly 9,733 feet. What makes the Steens so special and worthy of the long drive are the massive and mesmerizing U-shaped gorges that run almost a half-mile deep on the western side of the Steens. On the east side, you're treated to views of a near vertical 5,500 foot drop to the expansive Alvord Desert, which offers 30 miles of alkaline playa.
The Steens Mountain Loop Road traverses the west side of the range for 52 miles through some of the best scenery in the region. It offers views of Fish Lake, The Kiger Gorge, the Steens Mountain Summit, and offers access to highland trails. Hiking options cover the gamut from high desert washes to subalpine meadows to plush green canyons. In this guide, we’ll help you plan your nex..

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A Guide to Hiking in Torres del Paine: W, O, and Q Treks
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If it’s your first time visiting Patagonia, a trip to Torres del Paine will most likely be on your itinerary, and with good reason. This spectacular Chilean region offers some of the best trekking in the world. With dramatic granite spires, immense glaciers, and glistening turquoise lakes, Torres del Paine has all the ingredients for an unforgettable and rugged adventure.
For all its beauty and grandeur, hiking in Torres del Paine can be a very accessible activity. Trekking tourism has been rapidly increasing in Patagonia over the past five years, so you should expect to be sharing the trails. Though many people hike with organized tour groups, hiking independently is very possible. While we were planning our 2018 trip, we found a scarcity of up-to-date, good information for this region. We created this guide to help people navigate all the details of trekking in Torres del Paine: which trek to choose, campsite information, hiking itineraries, what to pack, and more.
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Loowit Trail Loop – Mount St. Helens Backpacking Guide
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Similar to Rainer’s Wonderland Trail, Adam’s Round-the-Mountain Trail and Hood's Timberline Trail, the Loowit Trail around Mount St. Helens is nothing short of spectacular. Like the other perimeter loops, the Loowit Trail circumnavigates St. Helens midway between its foothills and erupted summit. If you enjoy solitude, navigation challenges, eye-popping vistas, and fascinating geology, you'll definitely want to add the Loowit Trail to your list.
That said, the Loowit does have many challenges, and should be considered an experts only route in our opinion. To complete this trail you'll need keen navigation skills, footwear with excellent traction, and confidence in your ability to cross narrow wash out sections in steep gullies. If you have a fear of heights or any doubts about your trail skills, this likely isn't the route for you. The Loowit is not an easy trail, but it is an awesome adventure around one of the Pacific Northwest's most storied volcanoes.
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Amethyst Basin Backpacking Guide  – High Uintas
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The High Uinta WIlderness is home to a plethora of great backpacking options and a hike to Amethyst Basin is among the very best. Moderately challenging, this hike takes you up to a high alpine lake with gorgeous campsites options. The trail follows the Stillwater and Ostler Forks of the Bear River as it ascends about 2050 feet, passing beautiful waterfalls on the way to a stunning cirque basin. The meadow-framed basin rewards backpackers with a glistening alpine lake with a panorama of views of Ostler and Hayden Peaks. Extra days allow time for climbing Ostler Peak or walking the entire perimeter of the lake.
QUICK FACTSDistance: 13 miles (21 km), round-tripDays Needed: 2-4 days (depending on itinerary add ons)Elevation Gain/Loss: 2,050 feet (625 m)Peak Elevation: 10,740 feet (3,273 m)Best Travel Time: July – October

HIGHLIGHTSWildlife, including elk, mule deer, black bearFascinating geology Beautiful lake, waterfalls and riversHeavy coniferous forest canopyBeautiful meadows and wil..

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17 Exciting New Backpacking Products from Outdoor Retailer
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We spent this week walking around the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver, drooling over all the awesome new gear coming to the backpacking world in 2019. Outdoor Retailer is one of the largest gear conferences in the world and this week we were fortunate enough to meet up with some of our favorite companies to get a sneak peek at their upcoming innovations. We put together this article to quickly share some of our favorite new products with you.
The next stop for us is Glacier National Park where we plan to spend two weeks hiking our faces off and testing new gear. We hope you’re having an awesome summer and spending some solid time outdoors. For more updates and info, make sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter. If you’re in the market for some awesome backpacking gear now, check out our 2018 Backpacking Gear Guide and 2018 Top Picks list.

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir UberLite

MSRP: $179.95
WEIGHT: 8.8 oz.
RELEASE DATE: January 2019
One of the products we’re most excited about for ..

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25 Great Deals at REI’s Labor Day Sale
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We’re nearing the end of the summer season and that means it’s a great time to snag a deal on gear. One of REI’s biggest sales of the year, the Labor Day Sale is happening August 24 – September 3rd and includes some of our favorite backpacking, hiking, and camping gear. In addition to deep discounts, REI members also receive an extra 20% off one outlet item with coupon code: EXTRA20.
Here's the gear we're most excited about in this year's big sale. Hope you enjoy!

REI Co-op Magma Down Sleeping Bag – 30% OffREI’s Magma Down Sleeping Bag (men’s and women’s) is at the top of our Best Sleeping Bags List due to its exceptional balance between weight, warmth, quality, and cost. And now the Magma is even cheaper! This is one of the best deals in the entire sale in our opinion.

Jetboil Flash Cooking System – 25% Off If you mostly rehydrate backcountry meals like we do, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better deal than the Jetboil Flash. When it comes to boiling water quickly, ..

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Henry’s Fork Lake Loop – Uintas Backpacking Guide
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This loop explores a gorgeous alpine mountain basin with every enticement you dream of — misty mountain meadows, tall pines, small lakes and winding streams that tie it all together. And if that weren’t enough, the whole scene is framed by a massive mountain range with Kings Peak at its head. This trip is truly a gem in the High Uintas, with an opportunity for some solitude along the way.
QUICK FACTSDistance: 18.2 miles (29 km) round-trip (depending on itinerary add ons)Days Needed: 2-3 days (depending on itinerary add ons)Elevation Gain: 1,532 feet (467 m)Peak Elevation: 10,830 feet (3,300 m)Best Travel Time: June – OctoberHIGHLIGHTSPossible wildlife sightings, including elk, mule deer, black bearFascinating geology Beautiful lakes and riversTall pinesBeautiful meadows and wildflowersWell-maintained trails for the most partDogs allowed High-country lake fishing LOWLIGHTSMuddy and rocky trails at timesArmies of mosquitos and horseflies, but also ticks and yellow jacketsCold/muddy lakes..

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