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Just released the 2016 CleverHiker Gift Guide!

It may be a tad early for holiday shopping, but there are a couple of huge sales going on right now that will be ending soon.
Outdoor adventure gifts are the best kind around. The gift ideas listed below are can’t miss recommendations for anyone that enjoys backpacking, hiking, and camping. So give a gift that gets someone outdoors this year. Give the gift of adventure!
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A stylish and comfortable daypack from a company that funds sustainable poverty relief and inspires outdoor adventure. Keep up the great work +Cotopaxi.
Cotopaxi's mission is creating innovative outdoor gear and making meaningful strides toward reducing global poverty. I recently had a chance to test one of their daypacks, the Luzon Del Dia.
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Discover Oregon's stunning Wallowa Mountains. You won't be disappointed.
The Wallowa Mountain Range, located in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of eastern Oregon, is one of the most stunning areas to backpack in the Pacific Northwest. Often referred to as the “Alps of Oregon”, the immense granite peaks of the Wallowas are best experienced on multi-day backpacking trips.
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The new +Therm-a-Rest Corus HD Quilt is light, comfortable, and affordable with one of the best pad attachment systems I’ve ever tested.
I recently had the chance to review Therm-a-Rest’s new Corus HD Quilt, and I think it has a lot of fantastic features. It’s extremely light and compact, it has one of the best pad attachment systems of any quilt I’ve ever tested, and it comes at a reasonable price.
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At only 5.2 ounces, the Hummingbird Single is the ultimate pack-anywhere hammock.
If you’re a backpacker who likes to pack light, but you still want to enjoy the comforts of a hammock in the wilderness, then the Hummingbird Single Hammock and Tree Straps are for you.
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It's REI dividend season! Time to put that money (and a 20% off coupon) to good use. Here are some of my favorite REI buys.
Starting this Friday (March 18th - April 4th), you’ll be able to get 20% off one full-price item at REI. Here are 10 of my favorite big-ticket REI products that will make excellent discount purchases.
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A quick update on our recent Nepal trekking adventures with some photo highlights and gear reviews.
Annie and I just got back from our first two big hikes in Nepal, the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuits. In total we’ve been on the trail for about 25 days and we’ve been loving every minute of it.
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August and September are two of the best months to backpack in the Pacific Northwest, so grab some friends and get outside.
The Pacific Northwest is an adventure junkie’s paradise. It’s a breathtakingly diverse playground of craggy granite peaks, high alpine lakes, meadows socked with wildflowers, rugged windswept coastline, and more shades of green than your eyeballs can handle.
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Washington’s spectacular Wonderland Trail should be on every backpacker’s bucket list.
The Wonderland Trail is a true gem of the Pacific Northwest. It’s one of the most iconic trails in the region, and with very good reason. Simply put, the Wonderland Trail should be on every backpacker’s bucket list.
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Meet the future of sleeping pads: Speed Valve technology.
In my opinion, speed valve technology is the future of sleeping pads. Therm-A-Rest’s new NeoAir XLite MAX SV is the most convenient air pad I've ever used by a landslide.
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A comfortable backpacking chair that only weighs 7 ounces? Yes please!
Most camp chairs are far too heavy and bulky for backpacking. At only 7oz, Therm-a-rest Compack Chair Kit is light enough to pack deep into the backcountry and comfortable enough to make all your buddies jealous while sitting around the campfire.
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Backpacking guide & pictures of the breathtaking Timberline Trail - a spectacular 40-mile loop around Mt. Hood.
The Timberline Trail around Mt. Hood is one of Oregon’s most iconic and scenic trails. This 40-mile loop is a fantastic way to experience the immense size and beauty of Mt. Hood.
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