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A recap of top stories for the week of Nov. 19–26, 2017.

1) Watch: Daring, Ground-Up Ascents from Japanese Bouldering Phenom

“I could fall right into the ocean.” Toru Nakajima climbs tall boulders from the ground up without cleaning the holds, rehearsing the moves on a rope, and frequently without pads.

2) Get Outside: Black Friday Freebies at State Parks

States across the nation embrace #OptOutside by offering freebies and outdoor experiences on Black Friday.

3) Monday Bargains: Three Steals to Start Your Week

Great outdoor gear at an amazing price. Check out the bargains from Cirque Mountain Apparel, Patagonia, and Ibex.

4) Hammer, Shatter, Slice: Steel Will Roamer is Rugged, Budget-Friendly Blade

Big, strong, and ready for hard use, Steel Will’s Roamer R300 fixed blade is as easy on the wallet as it is useful in the field.

5) 85 Years Of Danner: The Evolution of a Hiking Boot

Danner Boots have come a long way since they launched 85 years ago. Today, they combine the classic with the technical to create a hiking boot meant to go the distance.

6) World’s Best Winter Mitts

When it’s too cold for gloves, a good pair of mitts is crucial to enjoying any winter activity.

7) What To Do If You Fall Through Thin Ice

Skating, fishing, hiking, fat-biking: Winter’s freeze offers up new areas to explore. But with it comes the danger of falling through thin ice.

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U.S. Air Force photo/Alejandro Pena

8) Watch: Rocky Mountain National Park in Stunning 8K

Rocky Mountain 8K compiles several years of high-resolution time-lapse footage during all four seasons at the iconic Rocky Mountain National Park. The video is breathtaking.

9) Sweet Suite! Unique Tent Design Gives Strong Results

Pre-bent poles give this semi-freestanding Sierra Designs tent more space without the extra weight.

10) The Boa Advantage: Why Under Armour Used A Revolutionary Fit System

Under Armour did away with laces in the new Fat Tire Govie SE hiking boot. We talked to a designer to learn why.

11) Found: More Than 1,000 Bikes Seized from Hidden L.A. Tunnel

Los Angeles authorities discovered more than 1,000 hidden bicycles while clearing homeless encampments in Orange County, Calif.

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12) Simpler Sharpening: Worksharp Culinary E5 Review

The Worksharp Culinary E5 is a simple kitchen tool that makes sharpening knives a breeze.

13) Screaming Deals: Gear Savings of the Week

Our weekly column finds the best deals from across the web to save you money on outdoors gear. Check out the deals from Arc’Teryx, Black Diamond, Columbia, Chaco, and more.

14) Watch: The Most Creative Mountain Bike Edit of the Year

Matt Jones gives a master class on what’s possible in the world of mountain biking. He crafts custom jumps, tricks, and lines in this phenomenal video from Red Bull.

15) No More Knots: Boa Goes Beyond Laces

Technology has advanced. Shouldn’t your shoelaces? The Boa System is built to get you on the trail faster, doing what you love. When your gear disappears from thought, all that’s left is the moment.

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16) Haul Everything: Salsa Blackborow is Gear Lover’s Dream

Bikepackers: Don’t just haul the bare necessities. Take some toys, extra rations, and a few creature comforts, too—with a little cargo space left over.

17) Amazon Outfitter: Great Winter Cycling Gear

Keep biking all winter long. This winter cycling gear will keep you warm and comfy in the coldest weather.

18) Black Friday: Best Gear Deals 2017

We combed the web for some of the best Black Friday deals online.

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