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How To…   Choose Between a Personal Locator Beacon and a Satellite Messenger

While many people consider unplugging to be an essential part of immersing themselves in the natural world, it’s also true that there might come a time when one truly needs to call for help. Smartphones, which are seemingly in-hand 24/7, are a tempting solution, but 111 networks offer limited connectivity…

How To… Wash a Sleeping Bag

If your sleeping bag is darkened with grime or worse yet—losing its loft—then it’s time to give it a good washing. Even if it doesn’t look less lofty, the buildup of body oils and dirt over time will migrate into the fill (both down and synthetic) and begin to compromise…

How To… Fix a Jacket Zipper

Ever zip up your jacket, only to discover that the zipper seems to have immediately unzipped itself? That annoying development is a sign that the zipper’s slider has worn out. The quick fix is to crimp the zipper slider so it is tighter and grabs the zipper teeth once again….

How To… Choose Hiking Socks

The average person takes 2,000 steps to travel one mile. Factor in the up and down of a walking track and the roots and rocks you’ll encounter along the way, and that number only gets higher. With every step, the right socks play a critical role in keeping your feet…

How To… Protect Electronics in the Outdoors

Phones, GPS, satellite messengers and radios serve as a lifeline for many outdoor enthusiasts, while music players, cameras and tablets add to the fun. To stay connected, how can you ensure your devices survive the hard knocks of human error and the whims of Mother Nature?   E-Protection Options Protective…

How To… Treat a Sprained Ankle

Your ankle joints allow your feet to move this way and that so you can run along rocky trails, cruise down snowy slopes and jam your feet into splitter cracks. Unfortunately, they’re also prone to twisting; sprained ankles are a particularly common injury among outdoor adventurers and they can happen…

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…

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