OnLocation Collective Takes on Big Bend National Park

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Article by Steve Rokks – Images by Steve Rokks, PaulGo, and Daniel Davis

DAY 1 – NOV 4, 2014: 5:00AM

The forecast called for non-stop rain, 40+ mph winds, and occasional hail; so Paul Golangco, Ty Clark and I loaded up our vehicle and headed south down I-20. Our latest onLocation trip was taking us to the mountains and valleys of Big Bend National Park in South Texas where we planned to meet up with Daniel Davis, Kris Rutherford, and Jacob Combs who were leaving from Austin.

The onLOCATION Collective is our crew of adventurers, creators and storytellers. Together, we’re on a journey to beautiful destinations around the world with one simple purpose: to seek adventure as a means to inspirational and creative experiences.

At 12:45pm on this November day on our second trip of 14, we reached the North Gate of Big Bend at the Permission Gap and acquired wilderness permits, allowing us to legally camp in the park. We chose the valley between Croton Peak and Carter Peak as the best central location for our planned trips over the next few days.

The weather in Big Bend when we arrived was everything less than ideal. Actually, it was shitty. High winds and torrential rains. Paul, Ty, and I quickly decided to find the best ground, and set up camp. Read More →

Snowshoeing: Looking at your favorite trails through a wintertime lens

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Photo Credit: Scott Rinckenberger

Photo Credit: Scott Rinckenberger

By Scott Schell

Snowshoeing is the wintertime equivalent to summer’s hiking, right? Or is it? Heading out onto your favorite trail with snowshoes on your feet may seem like a good idea, but avalanche conditions may not warrant safe travel. Before venturing out this winter, you should educate yourself on how to properly read wintertime terrain, as well as understand the risks associated with traveling through it. Here, we’ll look at the basics of recognizing avalanche terrain. Read More →

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Day in the Life: MSR Revo Explore Snowshoes

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Winter weather is here and in many places snow has already blanketed the local hills. Here’s a dose of inspiration to get you excited for the snowshoeing season. Whether your mission this year is to complete a backcountry camping trip, a hut-to-hut, or simply enjoy many days of fun winter adventure and hiking, MSR snowshoes are engineered to back you up with confidence behind every step.

Eric Larsen on Dog Sledding, the Team Dynamic & Running with Your Best Friends

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Photo Credit: Stephanie Scott

By Eric Larsen

In the fall of 1994, I was living in a remote cabin in northern Minnesota and working odd jobs. I stopped in a local lodge looking for work and was hired as a dog musher on the spot. At the time, I had never even seen a sled dog let alone driven an entire team of them. I dropped everything I was doing, drove 10 hours back to my parent’s home and grabbed as many base layers as I could find. For good measure, I rented the Disney movie Iron Will to glean a few pointers before my job started. Read More →

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Travel Log: A Journey to the Tibetan Plateau

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A journey to the Tibetan Plateau from David E. Anderson on Vimeo.

I love to travel. Stepping outside of my “normal” life allows me to experience different environments and cultures to gain a better perspective on the world. Six months of each year my partner Szu-ting and I guide trekking and climbing trips in Asia. We also mix in a few personal climbing adventures during that time. In the summer and fall of 2014, our work and play took us to the sweltering climbing areas of Eastern China, the high altitude peaks of Tibetan Plateau and finally Gobi Desert of Mongolia. Read More →

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Day in the Life: MSR WindBoiler Personal Stove System

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From the rocks to the open road, see why our new WindBoiler Stove System makes the perfect boiling and brewing machine to always have with you. Its fast, windproof performance lets you quickly brew your morning cup of joe to start the day, then warm up with a midday ramen snack, and later enjoy a hot chocolate  in the backcountry—no matter the conditions. Take a few minutes to escape the cold with our crew as they venture to Bishop, Ca, for some camping and bouldering.

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Staff Picks: Our Favorite Gifts for Gear Junkies

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Choosing the perfect gift for a gear head can be tough. Fortunately MSR employees are experts on gear—and gear giving. So we tapped a few to find out which products they think make the smartest gifts for everyone from backpackers to backcountry skiers—and why.

Steve Grind, category director Cook & Shelter: The Alpine Deluxe Kitchen Set
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Gear Overview: Tent Accessories

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If you picked up a new MSR tent recently or are thinking about purchasing one, MSR tent accessories are easy ways to enhance your outdoor-living experience. From add on bits to simple-to-use field repair solutions, these accessories are designed to improve the function and livability of any tent. In these videos, we explain the line of MSR tent accessories to help you determine which are right for you.

Secure your tent in any situation:

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