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Learn Fundamental Ice and Self-Rescue Skills

Sharpen Ice Tools

The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) has teamed up with Outdoor Research and Petzl to create a 10-part video series to help you learn the fundamentals of ice climbing and self-rescues skills. Useful for everyone from newbies to veteran climbers alike, the video tutorials are lead by longtime guide and AMGA instructor Patrick Ormond — married to Chicks Climbing co-owner and guide Dawn Glanc.

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How To Properly Store Your Water Filter

MSR Guardian

The leaves are turning and the snow is starting to fall in the mountains which means for most of us, backpacking season is coming to an end. It’s time to get your summer gear ready for long-term storage and whether you know it or not, there are a few extra steps you want to take with your water filter before packing it away. This will not only ensure a long life for your filter but fresh-tasting water when it’s time to use it again.

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10 Quick Backpacking Clean Up Tips

Backpacking Cleanup

We all know the feeling. You get home late at night, you’re tired, and you have to get up early for work the next morning. The last thing you want to do is clean up all your backpacking gear. But, if you want to ensure all your stuff holds up for years to come, don’t just throw it in the corner of the garage and forget about it. Here are a few quick things you should do as soon as you get home from that awesome backpacking (or even camping) weekend. You’ll be happy you did when it’s time to roll out again.

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How To Layer For Winter Activities

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We may all have our preferred layering system for winter but the principle remains the same: layering makes it easy to make quick adjustments based on your current activity level or changes in the weather. Each layer has a function and they all work together to keep you warm, dry, and comfortable when playing outside all day.

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How To Wash Your Helmet

Helmet Wash

Summer is here and with it comes the heat. For those of you that bike or climb, this most likely means you wear a sweaty helmet almost every day. Regardless the type, it’s a good idea to wash your helmet once in a while to keep the nasties at bay and your climbing or riding partners happy.

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