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Find an Adventure  ( more adventure articles )

Destinations: Denali's Trail-less Wilderness
Much different from many other Parks, Denali does not require you to stay on designated trails. Blaze your own for a distinctly individual experience.
Destinations: Archeology of North Cascades
The lands in today''s North Cascades park complex were occupied by human groups for at least the last 8,400 years.

Gain New Skills  ( more skills articles )

Backpack: In Camp: Campfire: Low-Impact Fires
The two best methods for building a minimum-impact fire are in a self-contained unit such as a fire pan or on a mound.
Glacier Travel: Fundamentals: Crossing a Crevasse Field
Climbers have a number of ways to get safely across a field of crevasses. Adapt the techniques described here as needed in the field.

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.
Emergencies: Allergic Reaction
A severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) can be life threatening. Caused by exposure to insect and animal venoms, plant products, medications.

Meals  ( more meals articles )

Tips and Techniques: Food Security- All Creatures Great and Small
In bearcountry, secure all food, including freeze-dried and canned foods, beverages, and odorous items such as soap, toothpaste, and sunscreen.
Tips and Techniques: Step-by-Step Food Drying
There is something satisfying and miraculous about the metamorphosis involved in food drying.

Meals Topics:  Tips and Techniques;

Get to Know Your Gear  ( more gear articles )

Women: Backpacks
Backpack manufacturers are beginning to design packs specifically for women - there are choices. Get fit by an expert and your trails will be happy.
Boots: Which Boots to Buy?
A good fit is more important than anything else, with boots. Badly fitting footwear means blisters and sore feet, regardless of the quality.

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