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Climber or not, the Climbers Ranch is a way to experience Grand Teton National Park away from the throngs of tourists and in the company of fellow dirtbags, climbers, and athletes.

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Arctic Influences, Minnesota Roots: Urban ‘Outdoors’ Shop

A new kind of outdoorsy store, Minnesota-based Askov Finlayson carries apparel, backpacks, and gear packed in an 1,800-square-foot urban space.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
Happier Camper Awning

The Camper You Can Pull With Your Subaru

At just 1,100 pounds, the Happier Camper can be towed by many small cars, yet still packs a lot into the small trailer.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
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‘Crocobiner’ Multitool

A multi-tool that looks like a crocodile has 10 functions.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
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Foolish Interaction With A Black Bear

‘I’m not food,’ he says, as if a black bear speaks English.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
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First Woman Free Climbs Eiger Testpiece

Sasha DiGiulian and fellow American Carlo Traversi climbed Magic Mushroom (7c+) in three days.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015


Off-Grid Illumination: Nokero ‘Self-Perpetuating’ Solar Light

The W100 Solar Work Light is among the stranger products we have tested this year.

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Mazda3 Gets Dirty On 6,000 Mile (Off) Road Trip

The Mazda3 is certainly an ‘on-road’ car. That didn’t keep the GearJunkie crew from getting it stuck and unstuck on a 6,000 mile road trip.

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

‘Barlow Knife’ Gets An Upgrade

With a long and storied history, the Barlow is a design that has seen few significant changes. But you can open this model with one hand.

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Haul Huge Loads: Mystery Ranch ‘Glacier’ Pack 2016

The burly construction of the Mystery Ranch ‘Glacier’ is made for heavy work and is tested hard in Montana for this review.

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Tiny Rider: Child Push-Bike Test

Kid push-bikes are becoming mandatory for littles ones looking to ride and learn balance. We put our tiny tester on two new models.

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Bike Camping Gear Made, Tested In America

Five days and 300 miles across Southern California and the mountains of Big Sur put this American-made bicycle camping gear to the test.

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Hennessy ‘Explorer’ Hammock Tested In MN ‘Jungles’

The Hennessy Jungle Explorer Zip: Nasty blood suckers and torrential downpours don’t stand a chance.

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Backcountry Bartender: Stanley Flask, Shot-Glass Set

For slightly classier backcountry boozing, the Stanley Stainless Steel Shot Glass and Flask is an upgrade.

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Climbing Set Him Free... Trading 'Cubicle Life' For Crag

It was June 2nd when the post went live on his personal blog. Sean Foster titled the essay bluntly as “CHANGES.” A photo of a lone carabiner clipped to a bolt, dangling in space over trees, was the visual to accompany words that outlined a new plan on life. 


“Monday, I gave two-week notice at my cubicle job,” he wrote. “Two weeks from now, I’m heading north.”

Foster, a climber and a father of two teenage sons in Minnesota, hit a breaking point. His life had become stressful, bordering on panic-attack-inducing, he wrote, where every day he would arrive at work, “take the stairs to the 5th floor, pull open the stairwell door, turn into the long hallway to my office, and sink a little more into despair.”

The Reboot

Hitting a chord many Americans can likely relate to, Foster summed it up: “For years now, I have toiled in a cubicle world doing unfulfilling work in a secure, but passionless, environment.”

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