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Tom Kilpatrick
Tom Kilpatrick

A London-born outdoor enthusiast, Tom took the first ticket out of suburban life. What followed was a twelve-year career as an adventure sports guide. This took Tom on cross-Scotland canoe trips, white water adventures in Nepal, sea kayaking in Norwegian fjords, mountain running in the Alps, and many more adventures. Tom is currently living back in the Scottish Highlands, spending as much time as possible exploring the endless rivers and ridgelines that make the country so special to him.

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The secret to a successful hike? Choosing the right hiking underwear

Getting your hiking layering right means starting from the base. The best hiking underwear helps your body regulate temperature and avoid chafing.
A man walks through a field using walking poles.

Here’s why you need to take trekking poles on the trail

Do trekking poles really help you while out on the trail? Here is our take on whether they're really worth the hype.
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Hiking in hot weather: The essential rules everyone should follow

Hiking in the summer can be just as dangerous as hiking in mid-winter. Staying safe on the trail requires planning, preparation, and plenty of hydration.
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Tick safety 101: How to safely remove ticks (and avoid them in the first place)

Going out for a hike and worried about ticks? We give you some tips on how to avoid ticks while hiking to prevent Lyme disease.
A ski resort in the summer with a lake and resort buildings.

5 great reasons why you should go to your favorite ski resort this summer

There's more to just ski resorts than snow. Sure, they're the place to be in winter, but many of them also come alive during the summer months.
The view from an MSR tent looking out over camping chairs and a lake.

The worst camping mistakes we’ve made (so that you don’t have to)

I've camped enough to make all of these mistakes at least once, but the good news is that you don't have to.
Two people running in barefoot shoes on the trail

Here’s why you should try barefoot running this summer

Barefoot running has gained popularity in recent years, but what's it all about and should you try it?
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Garmin’s new watch features for runners and cyclists rival Apple’s smartwatch updates

Garmin has a longstanding history at the top of the active watch industry, and these new features make it even more cycling and running-friendly than before.
A view from the inside of a tent looking out on a campground.

The best camping hacks for first-time campers

Whether you're heading out under the stars for the first time or convincing your buddies it's the way to live, do it right with our camping hacks.
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Learn to tie (and untie) a double figure-eight knot

Learn how to tie the double figure-eight knot, perhaps the most secure knot in the world.
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These new updates make the Apple Watch a hiking must-have

These new apps and features on the latest operating system from Apple make hiking even easier for all you iOS users out there.
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Burton’s latest collaboration celebrates Pride and the LGBTQ+ community with a middle finger aimed at discrimination

Burton’s latest collaboration celebrates Pride and the LGBTQ+ community with a middle finger aimed at discrimination

Burton is celebrating Pride with new gear that takes direct aim at discrimination with a not-so-subtle message.
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Layer up or strip off? What’s the right way to sleep in a sleeping bag?

The age-old myth suggests that sleeping naked in your sleeping bag keeps you warmer, but is it right or should you wear clothes?
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How to care for your Gore-Tex gear properly for max performance

Did you know that GORE-TEX requires proper care to keep it working properly? Check out our guide to keep your gear working like new.
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Learn to tie the clove hitch for when you need a secure, adjustable knot

The clove hitch is the ultimate answer when it comes to tying an adjustable knot. Our guide teaches you to tie this hitch to a fixed point and for a carabiner.
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Hitting the beach this year? Stay protected with one of these swim shirts

No matter why you're hitting the beach, you need to protect yourself. These swim tops and rash guards should be top of the list.
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Here’s what you should be doing with your old outdoor gear

When your outdoor gear reaches that point where it no longer serves you, there are schemes out there to make sure it can live on. These are some of the best.
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The camping and hiking gear we’re most looking forward to in 2023

The camping and hiking gear we’re most looking forward to in 2023

Level up your hiking and camping trips with the most exciting new outdoor gear from our favorite brands.
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The unsung hero of the camping setup: Why your sleeping bag liner is essential

A sleeping bag liner lets you add warmth to your camping setup, keeps your sleeping bag clean, and avoids any nasty surprises in hostel bedrooms.
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Learn to tie a square knot to secure loads when you’re out camping

There are a lot of knots that any boater or outdoorsman needs to know. The square knot will help with tying bundles or packages.
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Set yourself up for success on your next long-distance hike

To be able to successfully complete your next long-distance hike, you need to be prepared. Here are the best ways to set yourself up for success.
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Don’t let rain dampen your trip: Tips for camping in bad weather

Getting into the great outdoors means exposure to the elements. Follow our top tips to avoid getting soaked when camping in the rain.
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Winter may never end! Here’s how to snowboard in spring the right way

Spring riding is one of the best parts of any snowboard season, but finishing the season on a high needs some planning. Here's how to do it properly.
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The X Games is planning a west coast takeover this summer

The X Games is returning to California this summer with a full slate of skateboard, BMX, and motocross events.
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These are the best skinning knives to up your hunting game this year

Skinning your game doesn't have to be a hassle. For your next hunting trip, be sure to come prepared with one of the best skinning knives for 2023.
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Burton is re-releasing some of its most iconic snowboards ever and we want them all

Burton has re-released some of its most iconic snowboards of all time, ushering in an era of retro-cool boards with modern clothing to match.
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No room for error — watch as this skiing rescue pilot shows off his skills

This rescue helicopter in Europe hovers just inches from the mountainside during a daring rescue of an injured skier.
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TREW has created winter wear specifically for spring (yes, really!)

Spring snowboarding comes with its own set of demands. Get it right this spring with the new gear setup from TREW.
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New inflatable paddleboard from Isle promises to eliminate every ‘con’ from the category

Isle's new inflatable paddleboard lineup brings portable paddleboarding to the masses without all the headaches typically associated with inflatables.
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Get the right hiking boot fit for long days on the trail

Looking for a new pair of hiking boots but don't know how they should fit? This guide explains exactly how to fit hiking boots.
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How to clean your hydro flask for tang-free hydration

Using your Hydro Flask daily can take a toll on its cleanliness and condition. Here's a guide on how to clean your Hydro Flask properly so it'll last for years.
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Stranded in the woods? You need to know how to make a spear

A survival spear is an essential tool to protect yourself against predators and to hunt for your food if you're stranded in the backcountry.
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Is the long ski and snowboard season all due to climate change?

Much of the western U.S. has enjoyed record snowfall, and skiers and snowboarders are rejoicing – but it may be because of climate change.
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Review: Has Quiksilver nailed the modern-retro snowboard jacket?

I took the Quiksilver High Altitude Jacket to Japan for a month to see how it performed, and here's what I found.
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These SOS signals could save your life

Whether you're lost in a forest or trapped in a confined space, be sure to read up on our list of SOS signals to save you from potential danger.
Dangerous hiking at Mount Washington

Type 2 fun: Do we love to suffer?

There are different types of fun when it comes to any outdoor experience, and this article looks at the psychology of enjoying your time outside.
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Rhythm Rentals review: If you’re hitting the powder in Japan, you should leave your snowboard at home

Dragging ski and snowboarding gear on long-haul flights is expensive and hard work. Use Rhythm Rentals instead for awesome equipment and great service.
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Watch as this skier saves a snowboarder stuck in deep powder

Watch as this skier finds a snowboarder buried underneath a tree in this viral video.
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What’s the difference between 2 and 3 layer Gore-Tex?

As part of the description on a waterproof jacket, you'll see that it says 2, 2.5, or 3 layer GORE-TEX, but what does this really mean? We'll take a look.
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Pack your multiday backpack for comfort with our guide

Learn to pack your overnight backpack to keep important items close at hand and save yourself hassle when you arrive at camp.
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Going snowboarding in Hakuba for the first time? Here’s what you should know

I spent a month in Hakuba, Japan, snowboarding almost every day and exploring the local town at night. Here's what I can tell you for planning your trip.
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Our simple guide tells you which ski and snowboard wax to use for any conditions

The wax you use on your skis or snowboard should match the snow conditions. Our easy guide makes it incredibly easy to know which wax to apply - and when.
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Cast away in one of these top fishing kayaks

Take your angling to a whole new place by hitting the water. These fishing kayaks are perfect to try new spots and expand your fishing horizons.
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6 essential knots for every outdoorsman to learn

Every outdoorsman needs to know how to tie a knot for all occasions. Here are our top six outdoor knots for camping, backpacking, and survival.
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Throwback video shows the origin of tensions between skiing and snowboarding

This old-school video shows that the skiing vs. snowboarding debate has been rumbling on for as long as snowboards have existed; who do you side with?
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Third Man Syndrome: The weird phenomenon extreme mountain climbers experience

The Third Man has acted as a guide, advisor, companion, and much more to those in need, but who or what is this presence and does it really exist?
Young man using a portable water filter near a backcountry stream.

Hydrate safely with the best portable water filters

A durable, compact, simple, and reliable water filter is indispensable. There are plenty of great ones on the market today, and we’ve rounded up the best.

Start your fire the primitive way with this bow drill method

Primitive firefighting methods are hard work, but they're an integral part of being a knowledgeable survivalist. Learn to make a bow drill fire with this guide.
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You can now enter to win the weirdest (and maybe coolest?) splitboard we’ve ever seen, from TWIX

With its design contest finalized, TWIX is now giving away 110 of its weird and wonderful splitboards.
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5 creative ways to use your tarp to stay dry when camping this spring

The tarp is one of the most versatile pieces of outdoor equipment. It's time to get creative and build the perfect tarp shelter for any situation.