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A black water filtration system with attachments.

Sawyer Micro Squeeze Water Filtration System

The powerful Micro Squeeze removes 99.99999% of bacteria and weighs only two ounces, which makes it compact and light enough to pack on any hiking, biking, or running outing for quick, along-the-trail hydration sessions. Just fill the 1-liter water pouch that comes with it and squeeze your thirst away with an included straw or connect it …

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A mountain range with many pine trees.

4 Alpine Lakes of the Pacific Northwest Trail

By Blair Libby After admiring, camping alongside, and inundating myself in the Pacific Northwest Trail’s dozens of backcountry waters, I’ve devised my own rating system for the benefit of Out There Outdoors’ lake enthusiasts: The Way There, Big Rocks, Snackability, and Wildlife.  Ball Lakes and Pyramid Lake (Moderate)  The Way There: These lakes are nestled high …

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Photo of the cover of Backpacker's Backcountry Cooking by Dorcas S. Miller.

Backcountry Cooking in 10 Minutes

Dorcas Miller’s book “Backcountry Cooking: From Pack to Plate in 10 Minutes” doesn’t have full-page, mouth-watering food photos, but it does have an immense amount of practical, vetted, and diverse information, wisdom, and recipes for all backcountry adventurers. In the Introduction, Miller asks a question that sets the foundation for the entire book: “What kind …

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Four Local Long-Distance Hikers and Their Unique Experiences on National Scenic Trails

If you’ve ever dreamed of taking on one of North America’s long-distance hiking trails, one of the best things you can do to prepare is learn from others who have walked before you. These four Inland Northwest-based hikers offer a glimpse of life out on the trail that may inspire you to hit the trail …

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