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How To… Care for Gore-Tex Rainwear

To get the most out of your Gore-Tex® outerwear, keep it clean. The following information describes some basic cleaning procedures. But always read and follow the care instructions sewn into any Gore-Tex garment before you wash it.   Laundry Instructions It’s easy to wash your Gore-Tex® outerwear: Machine wash in…

How To… Choose and Use Sunscreen

Whether the sky above is a bright blue or steely grey, the sun’s rays are raining down billions of photon particles per second on us. And, in addition to the warmth and light we crave, those kaleidoscopic rays contain ultraviolet (UV) radiation, the source of sunburn, premature skin ageing and…

How To… Layer Clothing Correctly

When you step outdoors, the ancient art of layering becomes your smart-technology thermostat. This tried-and-true strategy lets you regulate comfort by slipping layers on and off as your activity level or the weather changes. How to layer: To understand layering your clothing for outdoor activities, you need to know the…

How To… Use Insect Repellents

Biting insects can mar an otherwise perfect day outdoors, and they have the potential to transmit serious diseases. A little knowledge about your enemy can go a long way. This article provides some tips on safe, effective insect-repellent usage.   How Insect Repellents Work First, a few words about your…

How To… Use a Compass

Finding your campsite, a spectacular viewpoint or your way back out of the back country won’t always be simple tasks. That’s why a magnetised compass and a paper map—and the navigational knowhow to use them—are part of the Ten Essentials for the outdoors. This article covers the following concepts: Identifying…

How To… Address Hydration Basics

The adult human body is about 60 percent water, and even light exercise can deplete that percentage, leaving you feeling crummy and interfering with your athletic performance. So, whether you’re hiking, biking, skiing, running, climbing or simply strolling across town, it’s important to hydrate properly. To help you learn how,…

How To… Choose a Hydration Pack

Hydration packs are designed principally to transport water and make drinking convenient and efficient. In fact, with most hydration packs, you don’t have to stop, or even slow down, to take a sip of water; you simply grab the drink tube that’s connected to the included water reservoir (sometimes called…

How To… Read a Topo Map

Learning to read that paper topo map (short for topographic map) is essential. Your map will then be able to tell you a richly detailed tale about the terrain and area you’ll be exploring. This article covers these concepts: How contour lines let you visualise your terrain How map scales…

How To… Care For Your Sleeping Bag

Many of us have a warm and cozy relationship with our sleeping bag that we hope will last for many years to come. With these care and cleaning tips, you can make sure you and your bag stay together for the long haul.   Caring For Your Sleeping Bag in…

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