Prolong The Life of Your Sleeping Bag With These 6 Tips

care for sleeping bag

A quality sleeping bag is a great investment for years worth of adventures. To get the most out of your sleeping bag you’ve got to take good care of it. Keeping it clean, washing it carefully and storing it correctly can help prolong its useful life. How to Care For Your Sleeping Bag 1. Keep it clean – While in the backcountry keep your sleeping bag clean by never placing it on the ground, avoid eating and drinking in your bag and try to wear clean clothes to bed to avoid making the bag smell too bad. 2. Air it […]

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3 Fun Activities You Can Enjoy With Your Dog This Fall

Fall dog adventures

Summer is short. In many cases, the best season for summer sports like hiking, paddleboarding and biking may only be a few months long. Before you know it, fall has arrived and you feel like you didn’t have as much outdoor fun as you wanted. Fall is sometimes seen as a “throwaway season” between summer and winter. Summer activities aren’t as easy and comfortable to do and the time for winter sports is not yet here. However, with a little extra preparation, you and your dog can enjoy some of your favorite summer activities well into fall. 1) Hiking Hiking […]

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Enter to Win a Trip to Patagonia

Patagonia giveaway

We love adventures. Small outdoor adventures are great but how awesome would it be to take a big trip to an outdoor destination to Europe? South America? Africa? Antarctica? Sierra Trading Post has teamed up with Adventure Collection, a collaboration of a variety of custom travel agencies, to give away a handful of trips. We’re not at liberty to say exactly where we’ll be sending some lucky winners, but we are kicking off our first in the series! Where to first? Patagonia! This dream trip planned by the experts at Off the Beaten Path, who put together the ultimate adventure travel excursion to […]

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How Not to Prepare for a Successful Overnight Backpacking Trip

backpacking

This spring, I teamed up with nine other bloggers to talk about mistakes we’ve made outdoors. I’ve made my fair share and had trouble narrowing it down to the five I covered on Adventure-Inspired. To be fair, there’s a significant learning curve with pursuits like rock climbing, backpacking, hiking, skiing, biking, and all of our other outdoor favorites. I’ve learned from my mistakes, for the most part, but there are anecdotes attached to each of these tips because I still make mistakes on a regular basis. Hopefully, you can learn from them and avoid them on your next backpacking trip! […]

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National Parks Quiz

Frank Kovalchek

Saturday September 27, 2014 is National Public Lands Day. It’s a free day to access the national parks. If you can’t make it to a national park, it’s still a great day to visit your local state park, county park or city park. To celebrate these amazing places lets play a quick national park quiz. National Parks Quiz Think you know your national parks? Take a look at the photo then guess which national park it was taken in. See how many national parks you can guess correctly. 1.Creative commons photo by B D A. Rocky Mountain National Park B. […]

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Try Multigenerational Hiking for a Fun Adventure the Entire Family Will Love

hiking with family

Spending time together outside strengthens family bonds, promotes a healthy lifestyle, and can be an outing that is good for the pocket book. If you love the outdoors and you love your family, it only makes sense to enjoy each other’s company in nature. Hiking together is one such way to bond outdoors. Bring all generations together and go take a hike. Hiking is highly subjective and each person should “hike their own hike.” The same goes with your family. Some of you may be seasoned backpackers and plan a multi-day trip as a family and others just want to […]

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SmartWool Brand Spotlight and Giveaway!

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With cool fall temperatures moving in, now is the time to start assessing your layers for fall and winter adventures. SmartWool not only manufactures merino wool socks but they also make awesome base layers, wool hats and other key layering pieces. Keep reading to learn more about SmartWool and be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post. SmartWool was established in 1994 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado by two ski instructors. The company produces high quality socks, baselayers, sweatshirts, jackets and accessories. The secret to SmartWool’s high performance products is the use of Merino Wool. Merino Wool […]

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Fears of Hiking: Avoid These Excuses

common fears of hiking

When I first started hiking and the question, “So what’d you do this weekend?” came up from co-workers, the answer was inevitably met with a series of concerned follow-up questions implying my sanity was not up to snuff. “Aren’t you worried about getting lost?” they’d ask. Or “What happens if you break your leg out there?” or “What about the grizzly bears that ride mountain lions and throw rattlesnakes at people?” I asked some of my outdoorsy friends – from novices to experts – which mental blocks most often keep new hikers from hitting the trail … and why they’re […]

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Preparing for the Worst Case Scenario

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Most of us spend hours planning for our adventures but that doesn’t mean everything is going to go perfectly. Things get forgotten, Mother Nature rebels and wild animals get a little too friendly. We cannot prepare for every aspect of any given worst case scenario, but you can be prepared to survive any worst case scenario that comes your way. Here are a few tips to ensure you don’t make any of these deadly backpacking mistakes and make it back to your car, safely. 1. Read Trip Reports + Ask Questions You’ll know where you’re headed long before the day […]

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5 Bear Canister Use Tips

Bear Canister Tips

Bear canisters are an excellent way to protect your food in the backcountry. They are required in some national parks but even if they aren’t required they are still nice to have because they’re more reliable than hanging food and they provide a place for you to sit down. Follow these helpful tips to use your bear-resistant container correctly. Bear Canister Use Tips: Keep your bear canister away from camp: Before you go to bed place your bear-resistant container at least 75 adult steps away from your campsite. You’ll want to keep the smells of your food as far away from […]

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Improve Your Cycling With This Simple Tip

bike seat adjustment

Proper seat adjustment will ensure a comfortable ride and will help you pack on the miles more efficiently. Not sure how to adjust your saddle? Follow these simple tips to adjust your bike seat and improve your cycling experience. 1. Make sure that your bike seat is level- Simply loosen the seat clamp bolt, level the seat then tighten the bolt. 2. Adjust your seat height- The ideal seat height will give you just a slight bend in your knee at the bottom of your pedal stroke. Ideally, your leg will be at about 90% of full extension. See video […]

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Have You Ever Been to This Peak? Can You Name It?

Colorado Peak

Do you like mountains? Whether you prefer climbing mountains or driving to the top of them, it’s possible you’ve been to the top of this week’s Mystery Destination. Go ahead, read the clues, look at the photo then see if you can guess the mountain we are talking about. The road to the summit of this mountain is the highest paved road in North America. This road is great for cyclists and runners as well as tourists looking to photograph themselves on top of a 14,000 foot high mountain. Famous painter Albert Bierstadt originally named this mountain Mount Rosa or […]

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Lole Brand Spotlight and Giveaway!

Lole women's clothing

Sorry guys, this week’s brand spotlight is all about the ladies. Whether you’re cycling, running or hitting up yoga class, you want high performance clothing that suits your needs and look great. Lole employs an all-women design team that focuses on fashion-forward feminine active outdoor clothing. Keep reading to enter our Lole gear giveaway at the bottom of this post. In 2001, a group of like-minded women set out to design a line of feminine sportswear that would address the needs of today’s active woman. They called themselves Lole, short for Live Out Loud Everyday. From quick-drying, breathable tanks and […]

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4 Reasons to Love Hiking in the Fall

hiking in fall

This past weekend, I hiked into Rocky Mountain National Park to climb some peaks. I was surprised to find the hillsides covered in yellow and orange leaves. That’s when I realized something amazing, autumn had arrived in the mountains. Fall hiking is my favorite – here’s a few reasons why. 1. Fall Colors – This is kind of obvious but nothing is as beautiful as the yellow, orange and red colors on the mountains. Grab your camera and go check out the beautiful fall colors. 2. Cool Weather – Sometimes you just don’t want to sweat. Cool fall days allow […]

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5 Best Free Activities in Denver

Denver, CO

The mornings are growing cooler and the kids have packed up their backpacks and headed to school. However, that doesn’t mean that summer is completely gone! There is still time to nab a few fun weekends in the sun before the snow begins to fall, and we’re here to help. Read on for some favorite Denver activities that will keep your family smiling and your wallet happy. Red Rocks Amphitheater Sure, the concert tickets may be pricey but visiting the renowned venue is free! Red Rocks is located west of Denver in the small town of Morrison. Dozens of trails […]

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Epic Micro Adventures – What to do when plans fail

packrafting adventures

Life doesn’t always cooperate with one’s adventure goals, so when your multi-day adventure plans fail what do you do? You take those big plans and you create an EPIC Micro Adventure. A few months ago, I wrote an article on how to fill your life with adventures, not dreams, and since then a lot of my own adventure plans had to be sidelined by a series of obstacles. Our house was broken into and all our family time was taken up between fixing the damage and moving everyone across to the new place. I was starting to feel defeated as […]

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What Type of Outdoor Adventurer Are You?

Outdoor Adventurer Quiz

You love the outdoors, you’re up for an adventure from time to time but do you really know what type of outdoor adventurer you are? Take this quick quiz to find out.   1. Packing for a camping trip, you’d never forget to bring: A. A hotel room key. B. A big tent, camp chair and hiking boots. C. A map and compass so you can explore. D. Flint and Steel (because lighters and matches are for newbies). 2. You hop on your bicycle because: A. Your car won’t start. B. It’s a nice day and the paved bike path […]

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How to Ride a Bike in a Paceline

Cycling tips

Solo rides are awesome. The wind in my face, watching the scenery fly by, setting my own pace, and conquering long distances on my own is what makes the cycling experience so enjoyable. Sharing that experience with a small group is even better. Riding with a small group, I can cover even longer distances because I use less energy at a time when I ride in a paceline. I’d venture out to say that knowing how to ride in a paceline is a skill any cyclist should have and is essential during cycling races. Here are a few pointers to […]

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Hi-Tec Brand Spotlight and Giveaway

Hi-Tec Logo

Packing in the miles on a hiking trail requires a comfortable pair of boots. Nothing will ruin a hike like poorly fitting or wet hiking boots. Keep reading to learn about the Hi-Tec brand and be sure to enter our gear giveaway at the bottom of this post. The Hi-Tec footwear brand was established in 1974 by Frank Van Wezel. Frank was an avid racquet sports player in England when he introduced a new shoe designed specifically for squash. Over the years the company grew into other lines of footwear including hiking boots, winter boots, running shoes, sneakers and sandals. From lightweight […]

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Are You Making This Common Hiking Mistake?

hiking mistake

Hiking is basically walking, right? It’s easy. Anyone can do it but are you making this common mistake? Many hikers have discovered the advantages of using trekking poles but many people are using them incorrectly. Take a look at these two photos and decide which one is the correct way to hold a trekking pole. So what do you do? Reach into the strap and grab the pole or reach up through the strap then grab the pole? Photo two is correct. To get the best grip you want to start low and reach up through the strap then grab […]

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How to Maintain a Fishing Rod: Rod and Reel Maintenance

rod and reel maintenance

Landing that prize winning trout requires you to have a rod and reel set up that is in good condition. You can increase the longevity of a rod and reel and keep it performing at optimal level with just a few minutes of maintenance. Watch this quick video for tips on how to maintain a fishing rod. Rod and Reel Maintenance Do these quick things to keep your fishing rod in the best working condition: Clean the rod- Use a damp rag to wipe down the rod and remove any debris. Pay special attention to the guides as they are […]

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Enter to Win a Trip to Machu Picchu Plus Gear

Machu Picchu Giveaway

Do you know what would be awesome? To win a trip to South America plus a boat load of gear. Am I right? What are you waiting for? Enter now for a chance to win a Trip to Machu Picchu. The trip includes: Two round trip tickets with LAN. Two Classic High-Route Treks with Logistical Support lead by Journeys International. $500 to spend at Sierra Trading Post. Two Kelty Flyway Packs Two Kelty Ascender Roller Bags Two Kelty Dopp Kits Enter by November 3rd, 2014. One entry per person. Follow the link to enter: Enter Now   The following two […]

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30 Minute Glute Workout to Power Your Outdoor Adventures

Glute exercises

Jumping, walking, running, hiking, climbing: what do they have in common aside from being excellent forms of transportation? The same muscle group powers each of the movements: the glutes. Not to mention any sort of powerful rotational movement, quick direction changes, and throwing of any object. Last month we talked about how important having a strong core is to keep your adventuring at its peak performance. Today, let’s discuss how having a strong backside is just as important to keep you good shape on the trails. The glutes are the biggest muscles in your body. They’re a primary mover in […]

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10 Fun Things To Do While Camping

Things to do while camping

Camping is one of my favorite things to do. I’m often asked by non-campers what we do all weekend. That question catches me off guard because we’re always so busy just doing whatever comes up. Whether you’re family camping with kids or just going with adults, here are 10 things to do while camping. 10 Things To Do While Camping 1. Throw Rocks – Seriously, you remember throwing rocks as a kid. It’s just as much fun now as it ever was. 2. Just hang out. Nothing is better than a little hammock time. Catch a well-deserved nap, collect your […]

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Mystery Destination: Have You Visited This State Park?

Mystery Landscape

As we look forward to fall, we’re thinking about exploring the desert southwest. We’ve chosen a  state park for this week’s Mystery Destination. Read the five clues below, look at the photos then leave your guess in the comments below if you think you know the name of this interesting geologic state park. Dedicated in 1935, this park is the oldest and largest state park in this state. The park’s name comes from the red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes over 150 million years ago. Complex uplifting and faulting of the region, followed by extensive erosion, have […]

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Kovea Gear Giveaway!

Kovea Logo

When it comes to camping you’ll want a reliable camp stove, quality cookware and maybe a bright lantern. Kovea is one brand that is manufacturing quality outdoor gear. If you aren’t familiar with this company keep reading but be sure to enter our Kovea gear giveaway at the bottom of this post. Kovea is a leading outdoor gear manufacturer from Korea. Since 1982, Kovea has been pushing the boundaries of technology and design to create extremely reliable, light and functional backpacking stoves, lanterns, portable heaters and more. You can count on Kovea camping products to supply outstanding performance in a […]

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Stop Throwing Away This Easy Fire Starter

Easy Fire Starter

If you’ve been camping, backpacking or simply lighting backyard bonfires, then you know the importance of an easy, lightweight and reliable fire starter. Some campsites don’t have enough dry leaves or pine needles to get the fire started. If you’re like me you don’t like using gas or lighter fluid so you’re always looking for an easy fire starting alternative. Well, listen up because you’ve probably been throwing away a great fire starter. Did you know that dryer lint is quite flammable? It is. Stop throwing away your dryer lint and start saving it up for your next camping trip. […]

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Top 5 YouTube Videos So Far This Year

YouTube Videos

YouTube is a great place to learn how to do something new, learn a new recipe or follow along on an adventure. You can do all of those things on the Sierra Trading Post YouTube Channel. Here are the top 5 YouTube Videos of 2014 (so far) from our channel. 5 Uses for Paracord Learn these five helpful uses for paracord out on the trail. These tips may be really helpful on your next trip into the backcountry. How to Photograph the Night Sky This great how-to video offers up some great outdoor photography tips. You’ll be capturing the night […]

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More Great Brands Made in the USA

Made in the USA

Back in January, I wrote a post introducing ten great brands offered by Sierra Trading Post that make products in the United States. With Labor Day coming up, I thought it might be a good time to showcase a few more American-made brands. If you’re familiar with any of these, give us a shout-out in the comments and tell us about your experience. You can also tell us about your favorite brand that didn’t make our list. Proof Eyewear: Sunglasses with Attitude Founded in 2011 by a young entrepreneur named Brooks Dame, Proof is a fashion eyewear brand based in […]

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Guess Who? Name This Famous Naturalist/Author

Guess Who

Let’s have a little fun. You’ve probably played our Mystery Destination Game in the past, but this week we’re going to play Guess Who. That’s right, read the 5 clues below about this famous naturalist and author then guess who we’re talking about. Enter your guess in the comments below. One of this author’s most famous works was written from notes and sketches made while living in a trailer in Arches National Monument (now a National Park) when he worked as a seasonal ranger in 1956 and 1957. He is often quoted across the internet for inspiration to get outside. […]

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