• Bear-Proofing for the Backcountry

    June 27, 2019 Comments (1) Field Craft

    Danger Ranger Bear here. I wanted to spend a few minutes sharing some thoughts with you about how we can get along better when it comes to sharing food in the backcountry. Let’s start with the mindset that when you’re in the outdoors, you’re in my neighborhood. I’m not intruding in your campsite, you’re

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  • Western Poison Oak

    June 20, 2019 Comments (0) Flora

    “Leaves of three, leave it be…”, is a commonly recited rhyme to warn campers and hikers of the genus of perennial flowering plants in the sumac family, commonly known as “poison oak”, and in particular on the West Coast of the United States, “western poison oak”. This woody shrub is known by its

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  • Preventing Heat Related Injury and Illness 

    June 13, 2019 Comments (0) Do's & Don'ts

    To the ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians the rising of the star Sirius signaled the start of “The Dog Days of Summer” when the oppressive heat was attributed to causing madness, war and even befouled the taste of wine.  Though we are pretty sure there are no evil spirits in the air; hot weather, sun …

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  • The Banana Slug

    June 6, 2019 Comments (0) Fauna

    The Banana Slug (Ariolimax californicus), named after the fruit it so closely resembles, is the second largest slug in the world, growing up to 10 inches long and weighing as much as a quarter pound burger…but far less tasty. The bright yellow banana slug, which also comes in hues of brown, white or green, lives

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  • 2019 Overland Expo West

    May 30, 2019 Comments (0) Field Facts

    2019 marked the tenth anniversary for Overland Expo West and it was bigger and better than ever. Grown very noticeably the last few years 2019 saw attendance in excess of 22 thousand people and over 400 exhibitors with showing everything from giant Earth Roamers to the smallest camping tools. The outdoor and

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  • 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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