Suzanne Downing

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How to Choose the Best Crampons for Your Outdoor Activities

If you’ve ever slipped while hiking on icy trails in the winter, you’ll appreciate the function of crampons– known more commonly as ice cleats, traction devices or microspikes. Hiking can be more challenging in the winter when trails accumulate frozen snow, especially if you’re hiking…

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5 Easy and Delicious Dutch Oven Recipes

If you’ve ever had a hearty hot meal made in a Dutch oven over live coals or embers from a campfire, you probably remember it — and chances are you enjoyed it. A Dutch oven is a big metal pot (usually cast iron) used for…

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Coffee at Camp: French Press Coffee Maker Setup

If you’re a coffee lover like me, you know that a good cup of coffee can help you set your day up for success — especially in the backcountry. And just because you’re camping, or “roughing it,” it doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice a…

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Best Flannel Shirts for Men and Women in 2021

A good flannel shirt should keep you dry in rain and snow, warm and comfortable in cooler weather and even last you for a decade or more — making the iconic flannel shirt ideal for wearing outdoors. Because flannel is warm and soft to the…

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5 Best Women’s Trail Running Shoes for 2021

When you’re on a trail run, you need stable footing. Stable footing helps prevent injuries and can give you extra confidence out on the trail — making your run more enjoyable. Since your shoes provide the foundation for your entire body, they should be comfortable…

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Choosing the Best Snowshoes for Beginners

I’ve heard a lot of people say, “If you can walk, you can snowshoe.” And that’s true to some extent. But from my experience, I’ve found that snowshoeing can be a little more complicated than just walking. I think a better phrase would be, “If…

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7 Amazing Trail Snacks for Your Next Outing

If you’d ever go hiking with me, you would quickly learn that I love my trail snacks. I’m always packing extra snacks in my backpack and offering a variety of amazing trail snacks to my outdoor company. Snacks can help keep your energy level high.…

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7 Best Sleeping Bags for Cold Weather Camping

Camping in cold weather is something I’ve learned to love over decades of a variety of winter camping experiences. As a teenager on wilderness camping trips, I experienced my fair share of miserably cold camping — mainly due to camping with the wrong sleeping bag.…

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7 Best Softshell Jackets for 2022

You’ve probably heard the term “softshell jacket” or you’ve seen it printed on clothing tags in outdoor industry retail stores. But what exactly is a softshell jacket? According to Backcountry, softshell is the term used to describe a new kind of outerwear that is more…

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