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Seattle Backpackers Magazine *The Place to Go When You Can't Go Backpacking* September 13, 2013
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September 11, 2013NEW From SBM
Flash Floods at Crestone Peak
Osprey Ozone Convertible Carry-On Pack
Photographing Shi Shi Beach
Vasque Snowburbans – Winter Season Preview
100 Miles of Wild – North Dakota Badlands
Kelty Lakota 65 Backpack Review
Berthoud Pass: Colorado’s First Ski Area
Our Favorite Gear
Big Manitou Falls, Pattison State Park
Yakima Skybox Review
From Our Archives
Brazos Walking Stick, your trekking poles’ sturdy, short-trip cousin
E.P.I.C. Symptoms – Staying smart on the trail
September Photos by Orion
Get Some Feet Under You – Tips for Getting to Elevation
Lighten Up Your Backpack!
It was an awesome scramble, probably one of my favorites and before we knew it we were topping out on Crestone Peak, wind rushing over the lichen spotted rocks near the summit. The vertigo was intense. It was only 8 am.Osprey Ozone Convertible Carry-On Pack
True to Osprey’s roots, they have made a successful, comfortable backpack whose first function is carry-on luggage. Osprey has been ahead of the curve in planning packs that go flawlessly from town to trail.Photographing Shi Shi Beach
My short affair in 2011 with Shi Shi beach was an amazing experience that was not only extremely rewarding but left me wanting more. The overnight trip was the start of a 10-day photographic journey around the Pacific Northwest with locations including Olympic National Park, the Columbia River Gorge and Palouse Falls.Vasque Snowburbans – Winter Season Preview
The Vasque Snowburbans are designed primarily for cold weather use. They also have some neat features that set them apart as a superior snowshoe-specific boot.100 Miles of Wild – North Dakota Badlands
North Dakota has the 4th lowest population density in the U.S., and is known more for ranching and its runaway oil boom than adventure. Consequently, it never made its way onto my expedition radar. That was until my good friend, archaeologist Dr. Richard Rothaus, suggested that the time was ripe to conduct an Adventure Science project in the North Dakota Badlands to explore the drilling debate surrounding the oil boom.Kelty Lakota 65 Backpack Review
I’ve been using the Lakota 65 to haul my climbing gear and have caught myself marveling at how I ever managed without features like easy side access and the built-in rain cover.Berthoud Pass: Colorado’s First Ski Area
Just West of Idaho Springs, CO is Berthoud Pass. A high mountain road that leads to Winter Park and eventually Rocky Mountain National Park. Today the area is popular among hikers, campers and backcountry skiers. However, decades ago the area was the epicenter for the once fringe sport of skiing and home to a small ski resort and what many consider to be Colorado’s first ski area.Yakima Skybox Review
The Yakima SkyBox Pro 21 has become a rather permanent fixture on the top of our minivan. While there are a few things we think could be improved, it has drastically helped us travel with more, be more organized (by limiting gear in the actual car), and cut down on the gas mileage of driving a bigger car (or truck).Our Favorite Gear
With summer wrapping up we’ve asked our test team to pull out the best of their tests from the last season to get you ready for fall. Here’s the round up of our favorite gear from last winter to give you a jump into the cooler, less crowded hiking season.Big Manitou Falls, Pattison State Park
Just a few miles south of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin’s largest metro area flows the highest waterfall in either state. Short overlook trails in Wisconsin’s Pattison State Park offer a variety of scenic views of Big Manitou Falls.