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Animal Encounters in the Backcountry

Ryan shares some principles about how to manage wildlife encounters, based on his own encounters with wild animals in the backcountry.

Nunatak Gear Bears Ears 50 Backpack Review

The Nunatak Gear Bears Ears 50 Backpack (MSRP: $330, ~28 ounces / 794 g) is an innovative frameless pack designed specifically to accommodate bear canisters. It features a unique water bottle storage system, optional shoulder-strap pockets, a removable foam back panel, a floating hipbelt, a large wrap-around exterior pocket, and a closed-cell foam pad attachment system.

Learning Curve: Breaking Loose

I fell into a rut, like many of us when an activity is familiar and comfortable. It took connecting with a more experienced backpacker to show me I had the knowledge and skills to push myself into new territory.

Land of Fur and Fire: the Yellowstone Caldera Loop

With Covid-19 necessitating an unsupported hike, we undertook an ambitious loop through the geysers and lakes of the Yellowstone Caldera.

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