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In Case You Ever Want to Date My Sister-in-Law

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How many times have I been asked by single men if my wife has a sister? If I had a nickel for every shameless SOB . . . Yes indeed fellas, she has a sister. Like my wife, she's a 10 on a scale of 10. She's blond, blue-eyed, smart, goal-oriented, beautiful, fit, and down for an outdoor adventure of any flavor anytime. When I got married to Brooke, her sister was in her first year of college and her reaction to our wedding was this: "Yea! It's so great to have an older brother. I have someone talk to about all of my guy problems!"

Two Climbing Moms Take a Vacation and Go Deep

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Hey, so how's this school year going? It's been a long, hot summer 'round these here parts and we didn't get out for some fun nearly as frequently as I think we should have. Our oldest daughter started first grade (I know, right?) a couple of weeks ago, bringing the summer of 2013 to an awfully quick close. Now it's early mornings, a lot of hollering, homework, bedtime routines that drag on, when I finally get a sec I go, "How did I become this kind of parent? This wasn't supposed to happen to me. I'm supposed to be cool." And then prAna goes and flings this short video out there.

Active Pregnant Women Wanted for Survey

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Very little is known about the safety of travel and exercise at high altitude for pregnant women. Who has the definitive answer for what types of exercise are safe during pregnancy, and where is the line drawn? In 2011, the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology released a two-page report about what to know about exercise during pregnancy, but university researchers still want to know more from active women . . .

The 14 Best Basecamp Tents for Family Camping

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Sleeping to the mountain sounds while snuggling with your precious den of children and a lovely inamorata has few rivals for time well spent. Some summer nights I'd much rather go without the shelter and toss a bag on good ol' terra firma plus nature's own pine needles, but those opportunities are so few when camping as a family. So a tent it is. But which tent is the best for family camping? It's a harder question to answer than you might think. What's the criteria? Standing room? Waterproofiness? Painless pitch? Bang-for-buck? Space for adult hanky-panky? Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes. Right?

So, I think I've found them. Check out this gallery.

Cool Find: Patagonia Atom Sling Diaper Bag for Adventure Seeking Parents

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We've written about the wonders of sling bags for the ultimate outdoor adventure diaper bag before. It all started with the JJ Cole sling diaper bag because we owned one and loved it. Sadly you can't buy them any more. JJ Cole cut it from their product line and the only thing that soothes our heartache is our unrelenting quest for a similarly awesome, good looking, functional sling bag.

Well, we've stumbled upon some good news, and Patagonia's Atom sling bag scores some big points . . .

The Perfect (Home Made) Camp Table: for Kids and Cocktails

Not satisfied with what he could purchase in the store, Mark sets out with a vague plan (although an emotionally charged one) for constructing his own roll top camp table out of a nearly indestructible wood. Relying on the argument that it's for his daughter, he fools most; it's really a cocktail table . . .

Cool Find: Camp Chef Over-The-Fire Grill

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You're dealing with a guy who's in his element cooking over the fire. It's a thankless chore, yes, to endure smoke in the eyes, and it's a merciless dance to balance the air flow with hot coals — yet there's no more satisfying sizzle than the one you make with pure flame, secret sauce and raw meat. I've made steak fajitas, bacon-wrapped shrimp cocktails, smothered chicken, carne asada, and others with this baby. I only tell you this to establish a little cred, because writing about a chunk of metal that sits over the fire so you can baste and char a tasty animal seems like a waste of pixels. I've gone back and forth on this for weeks now and decided to let it fly. So here goes. What could be so special about this grill?

Easy. The beauty is in brevity . . .

Recipe: BBQ Slathered, Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

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Talk about over-indulgence. But who cares? This is just an appetizer . . . one that explodes with flavor, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Bacon! Barbeque sauce! Cheese! Yum yums. Because of all of that, I add a glop of green chiles to the wrap because they're loaded with vitamin C, redeeming this medley in a small, but potent, way. Call it health food if that's enough for you . .

The Sunday Morning Chillax: Reflecting on a Living a Life Well Lived

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50 years ago this year, Jim Whittaker made history as the first American to summit Mount Everest. 50 years. He's now 84 years old and having coined the saying, "If you aren't living on the edge, you are taking up too much space," it's apparently fair game to ask the fella what he thinks of his time spent taking up space and if it was ever too much.

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