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For solo and short trips, I recommend decanting salve from the 2-oz jar into a smaller .25-oz jar.  The first 30 orders will receive a lip balm, too.

Back in stock: Bonnie’s Balm || For wet feet, chafing, and cracked lips & skin

Last year the owner and founder of Bonnie’s Balm, Bonnie Searcy, had a host of health issues (among other things, two black widow spider bites) and the business seemed to evaporate. Orders went unfulfilled, calls and emails garnered no response, and the website even went down. As a long-time supporter and distributor of the products, […]

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A classroom tutorial in upper Buck Canyon, on the Kings Canyon High Basin Route

Guided trips in Rocky Mountain & Sequoia-Kings: Apply now, through January 21

After a year off in 2016, I resurrected my guiding program last year, ultimately offering six 5-day Backpacking Adventure trips in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park. Originally, I had planned to guide just three sessions with Flyin’ Brian Robinson. But for the 24 spots I received 52 applications, many from alumni. So I doubled the schedule and flew out […]

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Perhaps the most powerful backcountry skill is the ability to navigate, and it's a big focus of our trips. Learn how to read a map, operate a compass, and use an altimeter and GPS.

Job posting: Backpacking guide for 2018 trips

I am looking for one additional person to help guide my 2018 trips. Employment will be short-term and seasonal: probably 11 days total in July or September, in either Colorado or California. You will work with other world-class backpacking guides, including Alan Dixon, Flyin’ Brian Robinson, Mike Clelland. Necessary qualifications Please apply only if you have: […]

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The new Nitro bags, which are classic mummies with a few thoughtful features and best-in-class prices. Available in 35, 20, and 0 degree ratings. Women-specific bags in 20 and 0.

Less different but better: Brand flip of Sierra Designs in 2018

Last week was the semi-annual sales meeting for Sierra Designs, during which shelters, sleeping bags, backpacks, apparel and accessories were shown to our domestic and international sales representatives. Most products will release in February 2018. Sierra Designs is a 52-year-old brand, and for decades was a dominant player in multiple categories. But due to a […]

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Smiling in -10 F in Rocky Mountain National Park in late-February, and not just because Dave is a happy guy. His baffled parka is a must-have for winter hiking and camping.

Worth a look: SD’s spring clearance, up to 50% off || And, High Route back in stock

First off, the High Route Tent is back in stock, as of Friday. If we sell through this inventory, we have a bigger batch arriving in early-April. Next, Sierra Designs is clearing out their inventory in advance of new arrivals. The High Route Tent and Flex Capacitor 40-60 Pack are among the few items that […]

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