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Find an Adventure  ( more adventure articles )

Destinations: Cultural History of Big Bend NP
Native peoples lived in and passed through this area for thousands of years, as evidenced by pictographs and archeological sites.
Volunteer: High Sierra Recharge
City stresses fall away on an American Hiking Society Volunteer Vacation.

Gain New Skills  ( more skills articles )

Women: Training for Expeditions
Training for high altitude is not accessible in most parts of the world, but training for most expeditions can be done in the mountains close to home.
Birds & Wildlife: How to See 'Em: An Introduction to Wildlife Viewing
This quick introduction will help you understand more about where and when to look, what to look for, and how to look for wildlife.

Learn About Health  ( more health articles )

First Aid: Ankle Sprains
Ankle sprains are among the most common injuries in the outdoors. Hikers, joggers, and porters cover rough terrain and may fall and twist their limbs.
Prevention: Avoid Hazardous Animals
Most wild animal encounters can be avoided with caution and a little common sense. Follow these rules to experience an enjoyable, safe trip.

Meals  ( more meals articles )

Tips and Techniques: Dehydrating Foods at Home - Getting Started
Preserving food by drying is as old as mankind. Laying meat and berries out served people well for thousands of years, and the technique still works.
Tips and Techniques: Leave No Trace Meal Planning
Meal planning is one element of trip planning that can have a profound effect on the impact a group has on a backcountry area.

Meals Topics:  Tips and Techniques;

Get to Know Your Gear  ( more gear articles )

Parabolic Skis
Like the rest of America, skis have gotten fat. Find out why in Peter Shin's latest missive about parabolics.
Sleeping Bag: Understanding Sleeping Bags
No one wants to be uncomfortably hot or cold when trying to sleep, especially after a long day of hiking on the trail.

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