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Find an Adventure  ( more adventure articles )

Volunteer: Try a Little Wilderness
Student Conservation Assoc. CWC participant, Dan Bevacqua, relates his adventures getting lost in the forest, rewarding workdays, friendship building.
Volunteer: Learning Leadership on the Trail
SCA participant, Christopher Holbrook shares his passion for the outdoors and tells of his dramatic personal growth during a summer of trail building.

Gain New Skills  ( more skills articles )

Women: Making Good Decisions Outdoors
Prevention is key. Potential problems can be averted with good decisions and proper planning - take the time and your trip will be that much better.
Backpack: Desert: Camping Considerations
Desert plants and animals eke out a precarious existence in dry climes. Consider your impact as you hike in their habitat.

Learn About Health  ( more health articles )

Prevention: Prevent Hypothermia
Hypothermia is a dangerous, uncontrolled drop in body temperature that is one of the most frequent causes of death in the mountains.
Emergencies: Near-Drowning
A person who has been submersed under water and who is still alive is said to have been "near-drowned."

Meals  ( more meals articles )

Tips and Techniques: Step-by-Step Food Drying
There is something satisfying and miraculous about the metamorphosis involved in food drying.
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.

Meals Topics:  Tips and Techniques;

Get to Know Your Gear  ( more gear articles )

Women: Mountaineering Boots
Mountaineering boots finally come in sizes and designs for women. To get the best boot, you will need to determine what terrain and type of climbing.
Compass: Which Compass to Buy?
It is easy to get overwhelmed with the many compass types. The right one for you depends on your navigation skills and your activity.

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