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Tom Kilpatrick

Tom Kilpatrick

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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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A man stands on the mountain with a sleeping bag around him.

How to wash and care for your sleeping bag so you can use it season after season

Never again snooze in a dirty sleeping bag. Learn how to clean and care for your sleeping bag to give it a longer life and keep you warmer at night.
One green backpack on a brown wooden log in the woods.

Pack your multiday backpack for comfort with our guide

You will barely notice a well-packed bag on the trail, but a badly packed one will leave you in physical pain. Here's how to pack a backpack for hiking.
A man skis on a clear run, with mountains and trees behind him.

‘Historically strong’ El Niño may wreak havoc on ski and snowboard season

This dramatic weather pattern hits the U.S. every few years, but how does winter 2023 shape up against historic El Nino winters?
Alpine butterfly knot

How to tie the alpine butterfly for a secure midline knot

The alpine butterfly knot is useful for its ability to be loaded in multiple directions without weakening the rope and is always able to be untied after use.
A highwayman's hitch tied around a log.

Learn to tie a highwayman’s hitch in under a minute

The highwayman's hitch is commonly tied incorrectly, which stops it from binding on itself. Here's how to tie it properly.
A sign on a trail in front of some rocks, that reads 'This is Grizzly Bear Country'

Video: Scared camper narrates his encounter with a mama bear and her cubs

This hiker manages to stay calm and keep his head in the face of one of the most terrifying experiences many hikers face: a family of bears on the trail.
Man running on a mountain trail.

These are the fantastic trail running brands you should be wearing

These are the brands you should be wearing this year, whether you're training for your first park run or you're a seasoned ultramarathon runner.
Camping looking out his tent door in a sleeping bag

Get the right sleeping bag for your camping trips with this guide

Getting a good night's sleep is an essential part of any enjoyable camping trip. Stay warm under the stars with our sleeping bag buying guide.
A sheet bend tied between a black rope and a red rope.

Add the sheet bend to your knot repertoire for summer camping

Learn how to tie a sheet bend knot for attaching varying styles of rope together and for a range of uses around the campground and at home.
A photo of a mountain bike in a field of wheat as the sun goes down.

Check your mountain bike is trail ready with the M-check method

The M-check is a longstanding method of ensuring that your bike is safe to hit the trails. Here's how to perform it.
A reef knot is tied against a tree

These are the essential outdoor knots that every outdoorsman should know

Every outdoorsman needs to know how to tie a knot for all occasions. Here are our most important outdoor knots for camping, backpacking, and survival.
A grizzly bear stands in a woodland clearing.

This video shows just how fast a bear attack can happen

Watch as a grizzly bear takes its anger out on this camera and see how fast a bear attack can happen.
A man collects water from a river by the light of a headlamp.

Hydration is vital for summer adventures: How to safely collect water on the trail

Unless you weigh yourself down with gallons of water, you will have to refill on the trail. Here's how to do so safely.
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Our top camping tips for hot weather (because heat waves are insane this summer)

Summer is camping season, but sleeping in a tent in hot weather can be unbearable. Follow these tips for cool camping comfort.
A trucker's hitch tied in yellow rope.

Learn to tie the trucker’s hitch knot in under 5 minutes

The trucker's hitch knot is one of the best ways to get a tight line for setting up hammock ridgelines or making a running line for washing lines in camp.
The view from an MSR tent looking out over camping chairs and a lake.

Build your perfect camping sleep system to stay dry and cool

Good sleep systems include everything you need to stay warm and dry overnight at camp. Get the right gear for every occasion with our ultimate guide.
A Biolite basecharge unit and solar panel outside the back of a van

Review: Take home life off-grid with the BioLite Solar Generator 1500 Kit

The BioLite BaseCharge 1500 and SolarPanel 100 combine to give you huge reserves of power to take into the backcountry. Here's what I thought of it.
Dress the knot and pull it tight.

This is the easiest way to tie a bowline knot

Known as the king of knots, the bowline knot creates a secure loop and can always be untied, no matter how much tension you put on the rope.
Mount Everest with prayer flags in the foreground

Want to climb to the top of the world? Here’s how long it takes to climb Mount Everest

From landing in Nepal to standing on top of the world, how long does it take to summit Mount Everest?
Young man hiking through the mountains.

Hiking boots vs. shoes for the trail: Which should you wear on summer hikes?

Hiking boots often feel like overkill in the summer, but should we be wearing them year-round? Here's the definitive answer.
Man walking with hiking poles

A beginner’s guide to moving fast and light on the trail

Here's everything you need to know to enter the world of fastpacking.
A man with a red backpack stands on a mountaintop looking over more mountains.

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.
A silhouette of some hikers against the sun

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.
Tick on human finger

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?
A runner on a dusty track with scrubland and rocky outcrops in the background.

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.
A fully tied figure-eight knot being rethreaded. Yellow and red rope tied around a stump on the grass.

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.
An Apple watchOS 10 displaying up-to-date hiking information

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.
Burton's Pride Collection 2023 consisting a hoody, a t-shirt, and a cap

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.
Four-season sleeping bag

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?
Best Waterproof Men's Jackets

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.
A clove hitch tied to a fixed point

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.
Water level view of man on surfboard.

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.
Young man hiking through the mountains.

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

Level up your hiking and camping trips with the most exciting new outdoor gear from our favorite brands.
Four-season sleeping bag

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.
A reef knot is tied against a tree

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.
Two people hiking the W Trek in Chile, mountains in the background.

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.
Best Tips for Camping in the Rain

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.
Snowboarder with orange board

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.
Skinning knife

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.
Screenshot from a video of an incredible helicopter rescue in Europe.

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.
A circle of Isle SUPs laid out on the lawn on the island where they're made.

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.