• The Cholla Cactus

    May 23, 2019 Comments (0) Flora

    The Cholla cactus is a dastardly plant that thrives in deserts across North America. This cactus has adapted to several different arid elevations and locales throughout North America and ranges from one to 15 feet tall, depending on the species. Some live in mountain forests and others in dry, rocky flats or slopes. 

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  • Glacier National Park

    May 14, 2019 Comments (0) Field Facts

    Known as the “Crown of the Continent,” Glacier National Park covers more than 1 million acres of northwestern Montana along the United States border with Canada. Named after its many glaciers and the glacial forces that carved its scenic topography, the park includes parts of two mountain ranges, more than 130

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  • The Mountain Lion

    May 9, 2019 Comments (0) Fauna

    The Mountain Lion (Puma concolor), also known as the cougar, puma, or panther, lives in the Western Hemisphere, ranging from the Canadian Yukon to the Argentine Andes. With an estimated population of 300,000 in North America, these big cats can be found from British Columbia to Texas. Small populations may also

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  • PDW Spring/Summer Gear Preview

    May 2, 2019 Comments (2) Gear Reviews

    “Another glorious Sierra day in which one seems to be dissolved and absorbed and sent pulsing onward we know not where…This is true freedom, a good practical sort of immortality.”- John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra Inspired by California’s Sierra Nevada and using modern materials, PDW has a new

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  • The Joshua Tree

    April 25, 2019 Comments (0) Flora

    The Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) is the largest member of the yucca family and remains one of the iconic plants of the American Southwest. Limited in range to a small geographic area and relying on one insect for pollination, the Joshua tree is considered the indicator plant when it comes to gauging the health of

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  • Campfire Biscuits

    April 18, 2019 Comments (1) Camp Kitchen

    I have been thinking about writing this article FOREVER and finally had a chance to test out a few recipes on a recent trip to Lava Beds National Monument. I am a relatively seasoned camp cook but baking over a fire has always seemed like a daunting task. How silly of me, it’s so easy! …

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  • The American Black Bear

    April 11, 2019 Comments (0) Fauna

    The American black bear (Ursus americanus) is North America’s smallest and farthest ranging species of bear, after the grizzly bear and polar bear. Despite its name, the black bear’s coat comes in a variety of colors such as brown, blue-grey, and even white. The black bear is between 4-7 feet long from nose to

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  • Lanyards- Fashion or Essential Add-on?

    April 4, 2019 Comments (3) Do's & Don'ts

    Many of us use lanyards on our folding knives. Some of them are clearly to protect knives from getting lost, dropping into water, etc. but it’s very rare to see a folding knife with a lanyard such as a long wrist-sized loop. Most of the lanyards we see today are short, with a big bold …

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  • The Tumbleweed

    March 28, 2019 Comments (0) Flora

    An icon of the American Old West, the tumbleweed is actually a non-native species of Russian thistle (Salsola tragus) that is suspected of entering South Dakota with Ukrainian farmers and their flax seeds in the early 1870s. The plant is now considered a noxious weed that has spread across arid regions throughout

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  • Ultra Light Camping

    March 21, 2019 Comments (0) Field Craft

    Before we can camp in the great outdoors, we need to get our gear there. If we’re just car camping, the weight of what we pack hardly matters. However, if we decide to backpack it, weight becomes the ultimate concern. After all, the burden we put on our back seems to get heavier the further …

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