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Understanding Sleeping Bag Temperature Rating

Understanding Sleeping Bag Temperature Rating

A sleeping bag is one of the most important pieces of outdoor gear that you will ever own. It’s right up there with your tent and your hiking pack. A good sleeping bag makes the difference between a good night’s sleep and a restless night of shivering. But how do you choose a sleeping bag? Size and weight are important factors, of course. Maybe you have a preference between down more »

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Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Today is Black Friday, otherwise known as the busiest shopping day in the year. A report from the International Council of Shopping Centers claims that the busiest shopping day of the year is actually the Saturday before Christmas, but either way, Black Friday is usually a nightmare. Big box stores all across the country slash prices, cut deals, and fuel pandemonium. Every year, more »

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Backpacking Thanksgiving

Backpacking Thanksgiving

For some folks, Thanksgiving is celebrating with family. For others, Thanksgiving is football, turkey, and pumpkin pie. No matter what Thanksgiving means to you, it’s a time to reflect on what you’re thankful for. We have plenty of people who come to our store, whom we know are thankful for all the natural beauty around us in the state of Arkansas. While some people’s Thanksgiving tradition is gathering around a more »

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Hikers Gift Guide

Hikers Gift Guide

There are a lot of reasons to hike. It’s a great activity that almost anyone can do. It’s good for your body and mind, you get to see some incredible sights, and it’s a good way to escape the hustle and bustle everyone now and then. Speaking of hustling and bustling, you’re probably starting to put together gift lists with Christmas right around the corner, but how are you supposed more »

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Climbers Gift Guide

Climbers Gift Guide

Thanksgiving is coming up next week which means it will be Christmas before you know it. Sometimes it can be hard to shop for someone. Even if you know their interests, you might not necessarily know the right thing to buy. Suppose you’re shopping for a climber, but you yourself don’t climb. Save you from buying the first pair of crampons that you see, we’ve put together this climbers gift more »

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Stay Warm With Base Layers

Stay Warm With Base Layers

This past week has been a good reminder that winter isn’t too far away. Soon, cold temperatures will be standard, and you need the right gear to stay warm. Now is the time when you start to see the big jackets break out of closets. Heavy parkas and puffy downs pop up all over town, and while a good winter coat is crucial for staying warm, it’s the last line more »

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Take Your Guitar Camping

Take Your Guitar Camping

There are three things that make a good campfire: stories, s’mores, and guitars. You have to have at least one of those three things for your campfire to be considered a success. Stories and s’mores can be provided by anybody, but  not everyone can play the guitar. If you can pick a little, you should take your guitar camping. It’s easy to forget how much we depend on technology these more »

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Plan a Climbing Road Trip

Plan a Climbing Road Trip

Fall is prime time for climbing, and there are people all over the country gearing up to go on a climbing trip at this very moment. Some folks will beeline to their favorite climbing mecca, while others are preparing for a multiple destination gauntlet. Whether you’ve got one crag in mind, or you’re looking to test a multitude of boulder fields, you need to be prepared. Here are some things more »

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Hammock Camping in the Cold

Hammock Camping in the Cold

We’re experiencing a little cold snap here in Northwest Arkansas. Sub-freezing temperatures are enough to scare most people away from camping, but we know that there are still plenty of folks who are willing to tough it out just to be outdoors. Cold weather camping can be tough no matter what type of shelter you have, but it can be especially difficult in a hammock. Hammocks have become extremely popular more »

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