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6 Ways a Garbage Bag Can Save Your Life


One of the dinkiest items you carry into the backcountry may just be one of the best. Find out why trash bags deserve a place in every emergency kit. Read more...

Safety 201
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Flash Flood Safety for Hikers

Flash floods are fast and dangerous, and they can happen anywhere, at any time -- although they're most common in the Southwest.

Yum! Berries!

Hiking takes you to the berry patches car-based pickers may have missed. Learn how to take advantage of this tasty trail perk!

Using (and Cleaning) Opsak's Odor-Proof Bags

A few caveats about using Opsak's odor-proof bags, plus instructions on how to clean them.

That Trail Is So Pooped (On)

Your dog pooped beside the trail. Aww... isn't that cute...? No, it's not! Find out why and how to deal with dog poop properly.

Useful Skill: Adventure Driving

Some adventurous driving may be required to reach more remote trailheads. Learn how to keep your vehicle's transmission and oil pan intact on rough roads.

5 Car Skills Every Hiker Needs

Hiking means spending a lot of time at, or driving to and from, remote trailheads. Learn about the five common repairs you should be able to do on your car... just in case.

Getting the Most Out of an Avalanche Safety Course

Not all avalanche safety classes are suited to hikers. Here's how to find one that is, then make the most of it.

The Most Important Survival Tool

One survival tool is more useful than all the others -- and it won't take up any space in your pack at all.

How to Hike in the Rain -- and Enjoy It!

Hiking in the rain doesn't have to be a miserable experience. The key is to dress properly, pack properly, and bring the right comfort items.

Where Do You Find Hiking Buddies?

Fond of hiking, but your friends aren't? Or maybe they're just all too busy to hit the trail. Here are some great places to find new hiking buddies.

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