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Backpack With A Baby
“OK, HERE’S my biggest fear,” I told my friend Norman, as I zipped my 13-month-old son into his fire engine jammies at our campsite in Rocky Mountain National Park. “Sam will figure out how to unzip the tent. Then he’ll wait until we’re asleep, sneak
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Navigate Any Terrain
PEAKS AND VALLEYS PROVIDE OBVIOUS LANDMARKS, BUT FAST-CHANGING WEATHER AND IMPASSABLE TERRAIN CAN MAKE ALPINE NAVIGATION SURPRISINGLY COMPLEX. Daylight lingers longer on the summits than in the valleys—and that can surprise descending hikers with une
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Caught In A Thunderstorm
I WAS FLY FISHING Colorado’s South Platte River one summer afternoon when a thunderstorm blew in. I left the river (most fly rods are made of conductive materials, so the last thing you want to do is wave around a lightning rod while standing in wate