What to Pack for Safer Family Adventures

Family Survival Kit

Benjamin Franklin said that, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, well, a few pounds of gear in your day pack are worth hundreds of pounds of cure. Even on simple hikes, or picnics in the backcountry, a well-organized day pack can make your family adventures fun, happy and safe… and who doesn’t want that? A good day pack will prepare you for the unknown. Here’s a list of needs that a good day pack for family adventures should provide for: Warmth Shelter Food/water First Aid Navigation What to Pack It’s worth having a dedicated set of […]

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Water Collection for Winter Hiking

Winter Water Collection

During winter backpacking trips, gathering water is a completely different story than during 3-season trips. We’re kind of spoiled most of the year really. If there’s a water source we can fill a bottle and use a filter or use a quick working chemical treatment that makes the water safe to drink in 15-20 minutes. But those methods are not the best options in winter. With water frozen over and snow covering much of the ground, now is a good time to review why filters and chemical treatments are not as effective during winter trips and run through a few […]

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Peanut-Free Trail Mix Recipe

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Growing up I was able to eat all sorts of foods all the time. I mean I was cracking peanuts out of their shells during baseball season, fish off the grill that we caught earlier that day, and cookies between surf sessions. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve had to alter my diet. Not only because I work a desk job, but also because I’ve developed food allergies. You know what food allergy I have that worries my doctor the most? Peanuts!  That’s been killing me because I used to love eating trail mix on hikes and having it as a snack at the office when […]

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#Trailtime Instagram Favorites

Instagram Favorites #trailtime

We’ve been using #Trailtime for our weekly twitter chat and to share amazing photos through our Instagram account for the past six months. Our favorite part about #Trailtime is the community of outdoor adventurers who are sharing such cool photos with each other. We’ve been selecting some of our favorite photos to regram. Here are a few of our Instagram favorites that we’ve shared in the last month. Use #Trailtime on Instagram for a chance to have your photos shared We love the vivid colors in this scene captured by @bernini_n. Check out this beautiful scene captured by @slcbikergirl. Beautiful landscape and lighting captured […]

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Outdoor Research Brand Spotlight and Gear Giveaway

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When the weather turns cold and the precipitation starts to fall, it’s important to turn to gear that is well-designed and made from the best fabrics. Outdoor Research makes gear perfect for your skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice climbing or any winter adventure. Keep reading to learn a bit about this cool brand then enter our Outdoor Research gear giveaway at the bottom of this post. In 1981, physicist and mountain climber Ron Gregg’s plan to summit Denali was canceled when his partner was airlifted from the trail due to frostbite caused by a faulty pair of gaiters. Gregg refused a […]

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9 Ways to Maximize a Ski Day

Maximize a ski day

Skiing and snowboarding can be so much fun. A day on the mountain is exhilarating but for many of us, it’s hard to find the time and money to go as often as we’d like. Here are some ideas to help you get the most out of a ski day. Ways to Maximize Your Ski Day 1. Rent your gear the night before. Don’t waste your precious time getting fitted at the ski shop. You can avoid lines at the rental shop by going in during the late evening the night before you plan to ski. They’ll still only charge […]

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The Right Clothes for Your Kids – Safer Family Adventures

Family Adventures

The most dangerous thing outdoors isn’t the wildlife, it’s the elements, so be sure to have all the gear necessary for the changes. In our area, it’s been known to snow in August on days that started with sunshine. When you go out into the backcountry with your kids, choose carefully what type of clothes and fabrics you pack with you. Cotton Kills You may have heard this mantra, but if not, it’s a good one to remember. Cotton is good for warm, dry weather, but when it’s wet, it’s a useless insulator. Cotton holds in moisture which will bring your body […]

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How To Choose Downhill Ski Boots

how to choose ski boots

The right pair of ski boots unlocks the athletic potential in your skiing. Choosing a boot is a process that involves a number of factors in selecting one that matches ability and ambition. Foot shape, prior injuries, stiffness of the shell, and intended use, all come into play, and blindly selecting a pair will inhibit the ability of a beginner or advanced skier. This guide explains the details that go into choosing the perfect pair of downhill ski boots. Construction Ski boots have a two-layer construction: An outer hard shell, and a softer inner liner. Depending on how aggressively the […]

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Share Your Adventure Photo Contest Winners

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It’s time to announce the winners of our November Share Your Adventure Photo Contest. As you know, each month we ask you to submit your best outdoor photos. The top three winners all recieve gift cards. Click here for more details: Share Your Adventure Photos Contest. 1st Place – Lisma Harbani “Doing yoga on top of a big rock overlooking Colorado River and Canyonland National Park. This shot was taken at Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah. We went there to see this natural wonder and were captivated by its beauty. It was me in the picture.” 2nd Place – […]

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Best Outdoor Adventure Movies of All Time

best outdoor movies

When you can’t be outdoors exploring on your own, the next best thing is being curled up on the couch streaming a movie about outdoor adventures or a true story of outdoor survival. With all the hoopla going on for the release of “Wild”, the story about Cheryl Strayed’s hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, I thought I’d suggest some of my favorite outdoor adventure movies of all time. “Touching the Void” Possibly one of the best survival documentaries of all time, Touching the Void is about a 1985 near fatal attempt to climb Siula Grande in the Andres by Joe Simpson and Simon […]

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Under $30 Gift Guide

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It’s that wonderful time of year when you get to give gifts to your friends and family. Do you need some help finding great gifts without breaking the bank? We’ve got tons of great gifts that aren’t too expensive. Check out these cool gifts that are all less than $30. The fisherman in your family might enjoy an Allen Co. UltraLite Chest Pack. Who doesn’t need a good headlamp? The Brunton Mirrored Compass is always a great gift. How about a Campsite Java Press for less than $30? Who doesn’t need a Black Diamond Lightweight LED Lantern? Are you shopping for […]

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Tubbs Snowshoes Brand Spotlight and Giveaway

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**The winner of this giveaway has been contacted. If you didn’t win, enter our current giveaway.** Snow is definitely not a reason to stop your outdoor adventures during the colder months. In fact, it’s a perfect reason to get outside. Snowshoes are sure to take your winter explorations to the next level. Tubbs has been breaking trail in the snowsports industry for over 100 years. Keep reading to learn more about this brand then enter our Tubbs Snowshoes Giveaway at the bottom of this post. Tubbs Snowshoes began in 1906 when Walter F. Tubbs started making wooden snowshoes in Norway, Maine. Over the past […]

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5 Reasons to Ski Utah This Winter

Ski Utah

When I go on a ski vacation, I want it all; easy flights, short drives, good snow, and brief lift lines. Oh, and I want to ski out from my hotel. Did I mention I have a budget? When I first learned to ski, I lived in Florida and had to get on a plane before I could get any turns in, so I spent a lot of time planning. One area stood out for me as a good time and money value, Utah. Eventually, I fell so in love with the state, I moved. Here’s why it should be […]

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The Joys of a Snowless Winter


**Please welcome Heidi Henry as a guest writter on the Social Hub** Growing up in the state of Ohio, I’ve experienced my fair share of frigid winters and learned to embrace the cold. As a kid I looked forward to snow days full of sledding and weekend trips to one of the two ski resorts northern Ohio had to offer.  Once I grew older, I became less tolerant of the snow and cold. Now that I live in Phoenix, Arizona, I must admit I don’t miss the snow one bit! If you’re a snow-lover and powder-seeker it may be surprising […]

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Running or Racing: Which Do You Do?


I am a runner. When I was a kid (and all the way through college), I NEVER would have imagined those words would come out of my mouth. I have always loved sports but hated running just for the sake of running. I was never fast and could never dream of having a faster time than someone, so of course running seemed unrealistic for me. When I was at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, my friends and roommates had to literally force me to run to prepare for our twice a year 1.5 mile run that was part of our […]

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Black Friday Sale

Black Friday Sale

Black Friday is that time when you can score some great deals on all types of gifts for your family, your firends or yourself. Black Friday is a great time to shop for major deals. This post has the details you need to know for shopping in local Sierra Trading Post stores or online at sierratradingpost.com. Retail Stores Visit any one of our six retail store locations for great Black Friday sales. Click on the location below to see the door busters and other Black Friday deals. Boise, Idaho Cheyenne, Wyoming Cody, Wyoming Fort Collins, Colorado Denver, Colorado Reno, Nevada […]

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Holiday Gear Giveaway

Holiday Gear Giveaway

It’s that time of year, everyone is running around trying to find the perfect gift for their friends and family. This can cause a lot of stress but Sierra Trading Post can help solve some of that hassle by offering up major deals on everything from outdoor gear, clothing, shoes and athletic apparel to homegoods and kitchenware. Or just enter our holiday gear giveaway for a chance to win a free piece of gear. Each week we offer up one brand in our Brand Spotlight Giveaway and give one lucky winner a free product from that brand. This week we’re […]

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Get Out and Beat the Turkey Coma!

Beat the Turkey Coma

This is the time of the year we don’t think a second thought about loosening our belts and gorging ourselves silly, simply in the name of celebrating. While I love a good Thanksgiving dinner as much as the next person, maybe our feasts need to be re-focused away from gluttony and more on quality time with our loved ones. There is no part of me that is advocating to cut out the turkey – but there is great value in slowly working towards incorporating some active traditions in with the food. Do a Turkey Trot. Search online to find one […]

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Over the River and Through the Woods: Mystery Destination

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On a holiday weekend many of us are hopping in the car to travel over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house. Others of us are staying close to home to enjoy the company of our family and friends. Either way, take a minute and see if you can guess the name of this week’s Mystery Destination. If you want to go over the river that is responsible for the largest drainage system in North America, you’ll want to visit this state park. Here you can step across the headwaters of this mighty river before it makes its […]

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Healthy Holiday Eating: It’s Easier Than You Think

Healthy Holiday

Like most Americans, I love Thanksgiving. Or more accurately, I looove Thanksgiving. It’s a holiday centered around eating, spending time with loved ones, watching football and of course, more eating. What’s not to love? While I’m a firm believer in not depriving yourself or cutting out major food groups, I also know that there’s a fine line between enjoying your Thanksgiving meal and completely overdoing it. So many of us seem to treat Thanksgiving as the jumping off point for over a month of gluttony, only to feel sluggish and awful come January 1st (and likely be 10 lbs. heavier). […]

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Six Benefits of CrossFit for Outdoor Enthusiasts

CrossFit Workout

Odds are you know someone who does CrossFit, or you’ve heard of it. It’s hard, it’s intense, it’s controversial, it’s rapidly gaining in popularity, and the methodologies are being adopted by professional athletes and “normal” people alike. So, what is CrossFit, exactly? At its core, it’s a branded core strength and conditioning program designed to optimize performance in ten different domains. It’s historically been used by military organizations, police departments, and now thousands of sport-specific gyms worldwide. Athletes run, jump, row, climb, move heavy loads, and use both Olympic and powerlifting techniques, among other things. CrossFit programs are designed to […]

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Great Outdoor Gift Ideas

great outdoor gifts

Check out these great gift ideas for the hikers, campers and outdoorsmen and women on your holiday shopping list. Grab these deals at Sierra Trading Post because all of these items are alread 25 to 55% off the compared at prices plus every link in this post includes an additional 30% off discount. The Gift of Winter Adventure A few months after dating a girl, she bought me a pair of snowshoes for Christmas. Now she’s my wife. I can’t guarentee this will work for you but it’s worth a try. Who wouldn’t want an excuse to advance their winter time […]

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Outdoor Addiction Quiz: Are You Addicted to the Outdoors?

Outdoor Quiz

You love the outdoors, you get outside every chance you can but are you becoming addicted to the outdoors. Is it possible that you have a problem? Take this quiz to measure how addicted to the outdoors you are. Answer Yes or No to each of these questions. You’ve practiced setting up your tent, tarp or shelter in the backyard and even timed it. The bike on top the your car is worth more than the car itself. You have no problem paying an extra $75 to save one ounce on your backpack weight but when your favorite energy bar goes […]

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Sorel Brand Spotlight and Boot Giveaway!

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** Congratulations to Tamara for being selected as the winner of this giveaway. If you didn’t win, be sure to enter our latest giveaway.** When you think of warm waterproof boots, chances are you think of Sorel. There’s a good reason for that. Sorel boots are made tough enough to provide warmth for your feet on all of your winter adventures. Good news, we’ve got a Sorel boot giveaway at the bottom of this post… keep reading. Who knows more about keeping feet warm than our Canadian friends? I guess it’s no surprise that Sorel was founded in Kitchener, Ontario, […]

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Yoga for Beginners: Three Building Blocks to Rock Your Practice

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I am the first to admit that yoga can be scary. Even after practicing for essentially my entire life, sometimes I walk into the studio, look around, and mutter ‘what have I gotten myself into?!” But honestly, that is one of the reasons I love it so much- no two days are ever the same. Your practice changes if you were hiking the day before, haven’t moved in a week, or if you’ve practiced three days in a row; each time you step onto your mat (or your carpet, or your favorite trail) your body is different and the way […]

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Five Reasons I’m Grateful for the Outdoors

Thankful for the outdoors

It’s the time of year where I find myself giving up a perfectly good climbing or hiking day in favor of holiday preparations, shopping, and parties.  So when I’m frustrated that I can’t be out there climbing mountains, I try to replace that letdown with reflection on the things that make me so grateful for this deeply important part of my life. 5. Those Small Moments A quiet morning paddle. A bear wandering through camp. The view into the next valley when I crest a pass. The feeling of jumping in a high alpine lake after hiking a week with […]

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Teach Kids to Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace

Exploring and adventuring in the outdoors is one of life’s greatest joys. We gain inspiration in and from nature and to spend time together with those we love in outdoor spaces makes it all the better. One of the reasons we as parents take our children outside is to educate them on our natural world and to share with them the gift it is. Fostering a sincere love of the outdoors is the first step to make kids care about conservation. Teaching kids leave no trace principles helps promote the protection of these special places to them. Today’s educated kids […]

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DIY Compass – Just Add Water

Emergency Compass

A compass is listed as one of the 10 essentials for survival and for good reason. If you have no other options for navigation and visibility is poor, a magnetic compass can be the key to pointing you home. However, even reliable tools can break sometimes. If you’re out on a trip with a broken compass, simply look in your repair kit; you may be able to repurpose some items you already have and create a DIY compass to guide you home. To make a do-it-yourself emergency compass, you’ll need a magnet, needle, cookware, water, and something for the needle […]

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Skiing, Climbing and Unique Geology – Name This State?

Outdoor Adventures

The U.S. is filled with tons of awesome places to explore. We’ve covered many of those in our weekly Mystery Destination games but this week let’s see if you can name the U.S. state that all of these adventure spots are located. Check out the photos, read the clues then enter your guess in the comments below. This state has some awesome places to ski or snowboard. Probably the most well-known resort in the state is known for its large amount of vertical drop, at 4,140 ft it have one of the steepest drops in the U.S. You might also think of […]

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6 Incredible Uses For Drinking Straws in the Backcountry

uses for drinking straws

Lightweight backpacking and camping often requires a bit of ingenuity to bring everything you need without breaking your back. That’s why we’re a big fan of outdoor hacks and DIY outdoor ideas. Here are 6 incredible uses for drinking straws in the backcountry from our buddy John at IntenseAngler Outdoors. Backpacking Uses For Drinking Straws Fire Starter – A drinking straw can provide an easy way to store your fire starter to keep it dry. Stuff a drinking straw full of a cotton ball soaked in petroleum jelly and it will light right away when you get to the campsite. […]

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