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Honest Outfitters Double Backpacking Hammock

Backstory Hammocks seem to be all the rage these days. It seems an entire subculture has popped up around the lightweight hammock whether it is used for a relaxing car camping trip or as part of  a sleep system for the experienced backpacker. I have to admit, I blatantly ignored the hammock fad thinking that…
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Day Hike: Bright Angel Trail to Indian Garden

[huge_it_maps id="4"] [spacer] Trail: Bright Angel Trail - Grand Canyon National Park Length (approx): 9.6 miles (round trip to Indian Garden Campground and back) Difficulty: Moderate to Extremely Difficult (depending on turn-around point) Water: Every 1.5 miles* Elevation Loss & Gain (approx): 6,120 ft (3,060 ft in each direction) Route Finding: Easy Time: Minimum 4 Hours Recommended Gear: Hiking…
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Flash Flood – Arizona’s Hidden Danger

[huge_it_maps id="2"] On Saturday July 15th, 2017, a flash flood decimated a popular swimming hole near Payson, AZ, killing 10 people - all from one extended family. The family had made the trek to the Cold Springs swimming hole to celebrate a birthday. And in an instant, they were gone. No warning, no chance and…
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The Backcountry Playlist – July 2017

The inaugural Backcountry AZ playlist features a decidedly Arizona feel with The Refreshments, Gloritone and Gin Blossoms all making an appearance. Also included on the list are the perineal boys of summer - The Mighty Van Halen. The playlist was has a very chill vibe for laying back in your hammock and losing yourself in…
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