Minnesotans have some pretty distinct quirks, like watching hockey in June, torturing their vowels, and waxing poetic about going “Up North.” Up North, it seems, is more of a theory than an actuality. The most common version involves semi-rustic log cabins, copper-colored lakes and dark pine forests. But the widely agreed upon Holy Grail of …

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In college I shared a bathroom with a girl who made her own cheese. She rode a bike with no brakes and handlebars that you had to hold crooked to go straight. She washed her hair only once a week, and convinced me to do the same. She also composted. One wet spring evening I …

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Six miles off the wild, southwest coast of Tasmania, in a remote region of world heritage wilderness, stands Australia’s most southerly lighthouse on a magnificent island called Maatsuyker. Maatsuyker Island is known for extreme weather and gale force winds over 100 days of the year. The island is a safe haven for dozens of protected …

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One-day festivals celebrating women, music, and the outdoors?? If that’s not enough to entice you, here are a few more words: Yoga class. Rock climbing. Live music. Paddling. 5Ks. Outdoor skill-building classes. Speakers. Community-building with women in the outdoors. Hammock zone. Hammock zone. Hammock zone. REI Outessafest locations and dates have just been announced, and we’re so …

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When Apple released the first iPhone, many worried it aimed to do too much. Combining a phone, camera, web browser, iPod, and more? The device couldn’t possibly nail every functionality. Of course, necessary sacrifices in certain departments would make it, at best, a compromise in quality in multiple areas or, at worst, a complete flop …

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The Summit Photography Workshops and Misadventures Magazine are excited to announce the 2018 Adventure Photography Contest! Open to all female photographers, the winner of this contest will receive a free tuition to the 2018 Summit Adventure Photography Workshop in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and a subscription to Misadventures Magazine. Other prizes include backpacks from ThinkTank Photo and external …

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You know that comforting feeling you get hugging a friend? Or that all-encompassing warmth in the room when sharing a meal with a loved one? That’s Feathered Friends. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. This past winter was my first in South Dakota, and it was a bit chilly, to say the least. The cold …

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There are some clothing and footwear items that are so fresh you have to put them on even if it’s not the right season. Astral’s new version of their classic Loyak shoe is just like that. Even though it was a cold January day when I took them out of the box, they called to …

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Femurs swing on rusty hinges, everything wound around a core of pain. My shoulders creep up towards my ears and I have to forcibly, scold them down. As my arms cross over my body in acts of utter resistance, I have to remember to breath, to keep moving, to brush my knuckles against my hip …

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This piece was first published by the National Park Foundation. Each year thousands of tourists descend upon DC to explore all that our capital has to offer. The numerous free museums that line the National Mall are a favorite for visitors and residents alike for good reason, but many never consider a visit to the small house …

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The most important factor for an explorer on an expedition is having the right clothing and gear.  It can make the difference between life and death. The early pioneers of extreme expeditions never imagined their work gear would become everyday fashion but a hundred years later designers are cashing in on puffer coats, parkas, and …

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