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Run Report: Art Loeb Trail

In hindsight I’m not 100 percent sure how we landed on the decision to thru run the Art Loeb Trail, but suffice it to say that the idea took shape and came to fruition quickly. Old Mr. Loeb never even had time to settle himself quietly at the bottom of mine and Niki’s ever-growing list […]

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We take recess seriously. So should you. We’re getting back to what outdoor recreation is all about: bettering yourself one step, stroke and suffer-fest at a time. And if you’re the crazy kind that runs ultras, scales rocks or paddles raging rapids for just for the fun of it, you might just be like us. […]

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All Mountain Team Manifesto

We take recess seriously. So should you. We’re getting back to what outdoor recreation is all about: bettering yourself one step, stroke and suffer-fest at a time. And if you’re the crazy kind that runs ultras, scales rocks or paddles raging rapids for just for the fun of it, you might just be like us. […]

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The 7 Spookiest Hikes in the Southeast

Gather ’round the campfire for seven tales of ghostly sounds and spectral sightings deep in the woods and mountains of the Southeast. We’ve rounded up some of the most haunted hikes nearby to get you in the Halloween spirit.  1. Violet Lantern Tour, Mammoth Cave National Park James St. John  As the world’s longest known […]

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13 Books to Read in the Woods

Whether you’re swinging in a hammock or enjoying an evening around the campfire, there’s nothing quite like having the perfect book to read. From daring true stories to humorous accounts of misadventure, books have special a way of making you feel inspired and connected to the outdoors. Here are a few of our favorites to […]

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What the Heck is Traceable Down?

A good number of outdoor brands care an awful lot about the environment. After all, if you want people to go outdoors, you should want to take care of the outdoors, too. I was having a discussion with a customer in our Evanston, IL store one day when I mentioned the term “traceable down” while […]

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How to Wash Down Jackets (and more!)

Whether you’re exploring the backcountry or a more urban setting, your down jacket is one of your most trusted pieces of gear. Most people who visit our Chicago stores either have a down jacket or are looking for a new one. We’ve jotted down some of the most commonly asked questions about how to wash […]

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Down Feathers as Insulation

Down feathers are the most effective and durable natural fiber used as insulation in clothing and sleeping bags. It’s exceedingly lightweight and compressible. Therefore, down is a magnificent insulator for use during backpacking, mountaineering, and arctic exploration. It’s also a real lifesaver for kickin’ it in Chicago in, say, January. Here, we will explore two […]

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How to Wash Waterproof Jackets

You’re here because you want to know how to wash waterproof jackets. First, you should always – always – read the tag on any technical gear before laundering. While this article will detail how waterproof/breathable materials such as Gore-Tex, H2No, and DryVent should be cared for, it is rarely the case that these are the […]

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All Mountain Team Update: A Month of Marathons

Well, “marathons” is an understatement. All throughout September, All Mountain Ambassadors have been traveling all over running (and finishing!) some of the world’s most famous ultra marathons. Ever thought about running 30 miles? What about 100? What about 200? Well the All Mountain Teamers have done it, and lived to tell the tales. Check out […]

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6 of the Best Fall Adventures in the Midwest

What’s on your fall bucket list? If it involves getting outside and admiring the changing colors, you’re in the right place. Check out a few of our favorite fall adventures to have in the Midwest.  1. Hike at Devil’s Lake State Park Good Free Photos Tucked into Wisconsin’s Baraboo Hills, this state park is an […]

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The 10 Best Fall Adventures in the Southeast

What does your fall bucket list look like? If it involves getting outside, admiring the changing colors and soaking up the cooler temps, then you’re in the right place. Check out a few of the best adventures to have in the Southeast this autumn.  1. Hike and Climb at Linville Gorge Joe Giordano, Creative Commons  […]

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