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Exploring the Superstitions!

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I've recently started exploring the Superstitions.  No, not superstitions like ghosts and curses, the Superstition Wilderness Area that's east of Phoenix.  Despite living in Arizona for nearly 13 years, I have never hiked in the Superstitions until the past year or so when I hiked to Battleship Mountain with a backpacking meetup group.  Boy, have I ever been missing out...this wilderness area is rife with beautiful desert scenery with miles of trails weaving throughout.

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Everything you need to know and all the gear you need to have to hike Havasupai Falls.

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I've written before about my experiences hiking Havasupai, but with it now being Havasupai hiking season I wanted to take a moment to boil it down to the basics of what you need to know to have a fun hike, including a basic gear list.

And here's a free pro tip:  cache snacks and drinks in your car for after the hike.  You've never seen anyone so jealous as my friends when I pulled out Doritos and a Dr. Pepper to munch on immediately after finishing the hike.

Build Your Own Bike Maintenance Stand

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Recently I've gotten in to mountain biking, which, of course, means needing mountain bike gear.  Having mountain bike gear, of course, means maintaining mountain bike gear...and especially maintaining a mountain bike.  

GTFO Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers and Adventurers

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Well, it's holiday shopping season, which for the adventurer in your life is like a holiday!  (Because for us adventurers, the only thing better than new gear is new gear that we didn't have to buy!)  

Here's a list of my recommendations based on personal experience, personal desire to own, or personal judgment that it would be good gear.  I'll try to organize it roughly by price.  Items added continuously!

GTFO on a Vacation!

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We're lucky to have another guest post by Michael Bourke, the co-creator of SciCamps, which is currently in its very early stages, but aims to provide people with learning resources outside of the classroom. Michael is a former boy scout and is a current lover of the outdoors and nature.
Most of us enjoy going on vacation, but did you know that it is actually good for you? Planning and taking vacations can help you to be happier, no matter whether you travel to distant lands or stick close to home for a “staycation.” The act of planning time away from work and focusing on yourself and relaxing, in whatever manner you prefer, makes you happy and reduces stress.
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