Weekend Cabin: Fuentealba House, Chiloé Island, Chile

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Weekend Cabin: Fuentealba House, Chiloé Island, Chile

The Lakes Region of Chile (Los Lagos) is bordered on the south by the River Region (Los Rios), on the east by the Andes, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. It’s technically an archipelago, though on a map it looks much more fjord-like. The forests are temperate rain forests; the rivers are the color of blue topaz; there are seven, designated national parks. To put it bluntly: This place is not short on natural beauty.

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Video of the Day: 7 MILES BACK - fly fishing Montana's backcountry

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Video of the Day: 7 MILES BACK - fly fishing Montana's backcountry

Mountain Wild guys know how to have an adventure and enjoy life do what they love....

There is nothing better than putting in that extra effort to fish some of the most beautiful waters in Montana. 7-8 miles of nothing but beautiful scenery is always an adventure, but when your packing 30+ lbs of camera gear between two people, it makes it a little more challenging. We set out to capture spunky trout in the clear waters of Montana.

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Xboundary – Defending Alaska & British Columbia salmon rivers from open-pit mining

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Xboundary – Defending Alaska & British Columbia salmon rivers from open-pit mining

An open-pit mining boom is underway in northern British Columbia, Canada. The massive size and location of the mines—at the headwaters of major salmon rivers that flow across the border into Alaska—has Alaskans concerned over pollution risks posed to their multi-billion dollar fishing and tourism industries. These concerns were heightened with the August 4, 2014 catastrophic tailings dam failure at nearby Mount Polley Mine in B.C.’s Fraser River watershed.

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The AJ List: 9 Painful Things You Can Do In The Winter

Looks like fun. Is fun. Hurts, too. Photo by Adam Fagen

Looks like fun. Is fun. Hurts, too. Photo by Adam Fagen

Winter brings all sorts of fun: powder days, fatbiking on snow, quiet snowshoe trails, the strange Cro-Magnon appeal of losing track of time absentmindedly watching logs burn in a fireplace. But it also brings its own specific kind of pain and discomfort—like the first time you have to scrape your car and you realize you lack the proper implement for it and end up using your driver’s license. Sometimes they just come with the territory above the 35th parallel, and sometimes we seek them out.

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Put Norway on Your List of Adventure Destinations...

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Please watch in HD with good speakers for the optimal experience. 
You can watch it in 4K here: youtube.com/watch?v=Scxs7L0vhZ4

This is a time-lapse video resulting from a 15,000 km (almost 10,000 miles) long road trip and tens of thousands of images taken along the way over the last 5 months. The journey has covered all of Norway’s 19 counties, from the far south to the Russian border in the Northeast.

The aim of this 5 minute short film is to show the variety of Norway, everything from the deep fjords in the Southwest, to the moon landscape in the North, the Aurora Borealis (Nothern Lights) and the settlements and cities around the country, both in summer and wintertime. The video shows some of the most scenic places in Norway, such as Lofoten, Senja, Helgelandskysten, Geirangerfjorden, Nærøyfjorden and Preikestolen.

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Ultimate Adventure-Mobiles

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Ultimate Adventure-Mobiles

 

The iconic Volkswagen Bus, vehicle of choice among wanderers for more than 60 years, was discontinued at the end of 2013. But that doesn’t mean the adventure is over. After all, you can convert anything with wheels into a tiny home—if you have the capital. Here are six of our favorite vehicles (and add-ons) to help you find freedom on the open road. Read more...

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A Weekend Cabin Option

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A Weekend Cabin Option

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So, you finally threw down for a plot of land and you want to set up a temporary shelter while you’re figuring out where to put that foundation. Yurts have a certain steezy Asian vibe that’s impossible to replicate, but they ain’t cheap. Barebones safari tents, created by the same folks who do Goal Zero solar generators and batteries, on the other hand, are closer within reach: $2,000 for a 120-square-foot, aluminum-framed nylon shelter.

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Sierra Design Backcountry Bed Sleeping Bag

The lofty 800-fill-power? Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed 800 3-Season Sleeping Bag has an integrated comforter and zero zippers for a unique outdoor sleeping experience through spring, summer and fall.

  • Climb into the bag via the large oval opening on top; the oversize comforter seals up the opening so you can sleep comfortably no matter your position: back, side or stomach
  • With a European Norm? (EN) lower-limit rating of 17°F, the Backcountry Bed 800 3-Season sleeping bag is suitable for spring, summer and fall backpacking
  • On warmer nights, flip the comforter outside the sleeping bag and tuck it back for ventilation; insulated hand/arm pockets provide warmth when the comforter is outside the bag
  • Down is considered the best insulation available but when wet, it quickly loses loft and the ability to keep you warm; 800-fill-power? DriDown is treated to resist moisture
  • Proprietary process treats each individual duck down plume with a molecular-level polymer so the down stays dry longer, lofts better and dries faster than untreated down
  • DriDown insulation stays dry 10 times longer, retains 170% more loft when exposed to moisture and dries 33% faster than untreated down
  • Premium 800-fill-power? duck down is extremely compressible and offers exceptional warmth for its weight
  • Ripstop polyester exterior endures frequent use in the outdoors; polyester taffeta lining is soft and comfortable next to skin
  • Sleeping pad sleeve on the bottom of the bag secures your pad (pad sold separately) to create the experience of a fully integrated bed
  • Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed 800 3-Season Sleeping Bag comes with a stuff sack and storage sack
  • European Norm? (EN) is an independent third-party temperature rating?, allowing accurate comparisons across brands with other EN-rated bags

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Beat The Winter Blues With Caribbean Camping

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Beat The Winter Blues With Caribbean Camping

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Between the polar vortex and snowpocalypses, winter 2014 is getting a bad rap. The sea and sun of the tropics are looking pretty sweet right now and thanks to cheap deals to the Caribbean on JetBlue, are financially feasible.

Dreaming of paradise but aren’t interested in the all-inclusive resort vacation? Camping is a great option.  Although it is not the most common way to experience paradise, it is a great way to recharge your batteries without breaking the bank.  All of the locations are less than $15 a night, and except for two rainforest options, less than a mile from the beach.  Call it destiny.

Some of the campsites offer amenities like kitchens or showers, while others are more rustic and require you to bring your own tent and camping equipment. If you are a bit squeamish about the great outdoors, a lot of the campgrounds also offer cabins with beds, so you can luxuriously experience the tranquility of nature.

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Winter Hike – Westberg Trail @SeattleBackpack

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Winter Hike – Westberg Trail @SeattleBackpack

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Even driving to the trailhead is a scenic experience as you head east over Snoqualmie Pass and onto the outskirts of Thorp where this popular hike begins. In the spring it’s one of the best places to look for early-blooming wildflowers, views of the Kittitas valley, Mount Stuart and oft-sunny skies. The trail is steep enough that locals use it for conditioning hikes and the trail is dog-friendly. In addition to the Ray Westberg and Gene Prater memorials (Prater is known for his snowshoe designs and his book “Snowshoeing” (Mountaineer Books, 1974) you’ll find other memorials.

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Chris Sharma frees Stoking the Fire 5.15b

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Chris Sharma frees Stoking the Fire 5.15b

Photo by: Coletter McInerney

Photo by: Coletter McInerney

On 6th February 2013, Chris Sharma has managed to complete one of his long term projects in Spain’s Santa Linya cave. This new route at Santa Linya is called Stoking the Fire and has been reported by Chris as being a solid 5.15b.

The majority of this route was initially bolted by Czech climber, Tomas Mrazek, he bolted up to the jug. Chris stepped in and continued bolting the line straight up, after the jug it cuts left to finish on Mercenaris del Pasat (5.13c).

The full route still remains on Chris Sharma’s projects list and he estimates that it would add a 5.14d section above the 5.15b.

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Bite-Lite® NATURAL Mosquito Repelling Candles

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Bite-Lite® NATURAL Mosquito Repelling Candles

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Since 2010, Bite-Lite® of Connecticut has offered to the independent retailer its NATURAL Mosquito Repellent Candles as a fragrant and effective alternative to citronella-only and synthetic repelling candles. Sold by the case, our unique candles, stand out in customized displays, and have yielded high customer praise and high turnovers, because they: (1) smell great - with a fragrant blend of lemongrass and spearmint oils; (2) look great - with attractive label art and 5 styles (including 3 USA made soy candles); (3) are perfect to accessorize any outdoor occasion, from camping to weddings; (4) emit no smoke or soot; (5) are affordable with value added long burn times; (6) are 25b minimum risk pesticides that are legal in all 50 states; (7) have been proven effective in field studies showing an 84.1% reduction in attractancy to mosquito traps; (8) are sourced, blended, and tested by a family business specializing in customer support and quality control. - See more at: http://bite-lite.com/

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Tent camping in the winter at Yellowstone

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Tent camping in the winter at Yellowstone

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — A zephyr lifted ice crystals from the tops of snow-covered fir trees growing up the southern slope of Dunraven Peak in Yellowstone National Park. As the millions of crystals floated above the dense stand of trees, the warm light from the low-hanging January sun caught the crystals and seemed to transform them into gold dust particles that glittered the clear blue sky.

“Amazing,” Audrey Gehlhausen, a three-year guide for Yellowstone Expeditions, said before skiing on through the dense trees and powder.

When you talk to people who have spent time in Yellowstone National Park during the winter, they often use words like “amazing,” “wondrous” and “magical.”

Yellowstone Expeditions owner Arden Bailey has been guiding people into the park from West Yellowstone during the winter for 31 years. He operates the only tent-camping company in operation in Yellowstone.

One of the reasons he continues to guide is his guest’s reactions to winter in the park.

“We get to remember how exciting Yellowstone was for the first time ... day in and day out by vicariously experiencing Yellowstone for the first time often through our guest’s eyes,” Bailey said.

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