10 Perfect Outdoors Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your S.O.

Ditch the reservation and go backpacking instead with these romantic presents. Some people are into five-star restaurants and long-stem roses. But when the stars are shining, the campfire is roaring, and the coyotes are howling, a night in the wilderness beats even the most romantic evening out. So this Valentine’s Day, we suggest you change…

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SheJumps Snowshoe Adventure at Mt. Baker

Sun, 2/11, 7:30 am-3 pm Group: SheJumps When: Sunday, February 11, 7:30 am to 3 pm Where: Meet at Sunset Square Safeway, Bellingham, WA Cost: $5 (registration required) Details: Join us Sunday, Feb 11th, for a fun day of snowshoeing up in the mountains, exploring Mt. Baker Wilderness on White Salmon Rd, and hopefully seeing some breathtaking…

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Mountaineers Meeting & Used Gear Sale

Mon, 2/12, 6-8 pm Group: The Mountaineers When: Monday, February 12, 6 to 8 pm Where: Seattle Program Center, Seattle, WA Cost: Free; email to reserve a table to sell gear (registration required) Details: Interested in learning how to snowshoe, kayak, or navigate in the backcountry? Want to meet new exploration buddies? Have a gear wishlist a…

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Protest against Offshore Drilling

Thurs, 2/8, 1:30-4:30 pm Group: Sierra Club When: Thursday, February 8, 1:30 to 4:30 pm Where: California state capitol, Sacramento, CA Cost: Free Details: Trump recently announced his disastrous plan to hand over all of America’s oceans – including the Pacific – to oil companies so they can expand offshore drilling off the California coast…

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Chicago’s Top 6 Dayhikes

The best local trails, as selected by BACKPACKER Local scout Erica Zazo. Hot dogs. Lake Michigan. Da Bears. And excellent trails? Absolutely: The Windy City’s greater stomping grounds offer river-sculpted canyons, quiet hardwood forests, glacially molded ridges, and plentiful waterfalls within easy dayhiking distance. Sample the best of the Midwest on these favorites: Many are…

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San Francisco’s Top 10 Dayhikes

The best local trails, as selected by BACKPACKER Local scouts Paulina Dao and Daniel Markey In the Bay Area, easy-access trails treat hikers to spectacular coastal walks, big-view summits, primeval redwood forests, and cascading waterfalls–all within a couple of hours of town, often less. So, with so many standout options nearby, you know these local…

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