Mesquite Pancakes & Gluten-Free Mesquite Pancakes

If you don’t live in mesquite country, you may not realize it, but the mesquite tree produces seeds or beans in a large pod. For eons, indigenous peoples have collected these dried pods and ground them into flour or meal. Interestingly, for the modern American diet, mesquite flour is gluten-free, low-glycemic, and high in both protein and dietary…

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Skillet Eggs with Nopalitos

Eating Prickly Pear Cactus To look at them growing in their natural habitat – and especially to touch them – you might never think of prickly pear cactus as a food source. In reality, both the pads (aka stems and leaves) and pears (fruit or tunas) of the prickly pear cactus are not only edible,…

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A Backcountry Ranger Shares Her Passion for Wilderness

Through our Keepers of the Outdoors series, we’ll introduce you to people who protect and care for our wild places. “I’m fascinated by how we define wilderness,” says Emily Noyd, backcountry ranger in Yosemite National Park. “The concept of wilderness is so intangible, and it’s fascinating to me that to effectively govern that land we’ve…

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How to Prevent Condensation in a Tent

A gentle pitter patter on your rainfly can be a soothing natural sound when you’re lying down at night in your tent. If those drips start originating inside your tent, though, it becomes a highly unpleasant resting place. And, under the right circumstances, the culprit—condensation—can infiltrate even the most well-engineered shelter. So, how do you…

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Hitting the DRT: Test Riding Co-op Cycles Mountain Bikes

The Co-op Cycles team at REI knows how lucky they are to be based in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of many, Washington has seen an explosion of mountain bike trails in recent years, providing great testing grounds with a variety of terrain. This includes the newly opened Dockton Forest…

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Fastest Known Mom

Record-setting long-distance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis slows down to help bring families outdoors—including her own. Most parents can recount at least a few dirty diaper fiascos. However, it’s a rare breed that can cop to handling a poop-filled nightmare during the darkest hours of a brisk September night in Alaska’s Denali National Park. Jennifer Pharr…

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Beyond The Grid: Giant Marco Polo Rams

What’s your Everest? Over 60-years ago my grandfather Gordon, dreamed of hunting in what was then Soviet-Russia for Marco Polo sheep. The logistics, politics and costs proved to be just too overwhelming for such an endeavor at the time. Thirty years later my dad would also dream of such an adventure to the rooftop of…

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Meet Anastasia Allison and Jason Bickford, Backpacker’s Seattle Trail Scouts

Get the best of the Pacific Northwest with a little help from Backpacker’s trail experts. Anastasia Allison Follow Anastasia’s adventures on her blog and on Instagram @anastasia.allison. Age: 36 Hometown: Everett, WA Day job: Writer, backpacking instructor, and adventurepreneur All-time favorite local dayhike: Mt. Pugh or Gothic Basin Favorite local overnight hike: Tapto Lakes Best…

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