Outdoorsy Mother's Day Gift Guide + Giveaways

by - Thursday, April 27, 2017

Breakfast in bed is always a treat, but if you really wanna knock Mom's socks off, listen to her. What does she really want for Mother's Day? Whether it's a hike and picnic, mountain biking camp, or sweet new gear for her next adventure, if you take hints, you can give your mom the best day ever. Here are my top Mother's Day gifts for outdoorsy moms (could you please send this to my husband?). 

I'm thrilled to announce THREE great prizes for Mother's Day from KEEN CanadaTerramar Sports, and Yukon Charlie's! Scroll down to enter to win 1 pair of KEEN shoes/boots (Canada only), 1 "Reflex" top and bottoms from Terramar Sports (US only), or 1 pair of blue Carbon Lite Trekking Poles from Yukon Charlie's (US only).


Quality Time

Nothing beats quality time with loved ones. While I am quite a foodie, there are times it's nice to keep meals simple, so you can spend more time doing stuff rather than cooking. When my mom turned 60, my sister and I had so many ideas on how to make it epic and in the end, we had an amazing meal in a beautiful park, but never got out on our snowshoes as it took forever to get the fire hot enough to cook (it was mid-December and -20). By the time we were done lunch, it was getting dark and we were frozen from sitting for so long (and had to rush to our dinner reservation). Probably should've stuck to the original plan of picnic, snowshoe, and dinner out! 

How do we manage to hike all day and eat well? We start our day with a hearty breakfast (waffles, fruit, sausages), pack a lunch, and plan for a barbecue dinner. If you marinate the steak the night before, put foil wrapped potatoes in the crockpot before you leave, and purchase a salad pack, a nice dinner is ready just minutes after you get home. It's so simple, the kids can make it!

For the easiest fancy picnic lunch ever, hit the deli section of your local supermarket. Olives, prosciutto, and cheese go perfectly with a baguette and grapes. Pack some San Pellegrino or sparkling apple juice, dark chocolate, toothpicks, and napkins, and you're set for a day outside!

Yum!
Here are some ideas of fun things to do on Mother's Day Weekend (besides slave in the kitchen):
My children have also made me sweet coupons for things we can do together: e.g. bike ride to the ice cream shop, go to the zoo, go geocaching. Most of the activities are free, but the time together is priceless (and it's super cute to see what they think I would like to do).

Adventures

The Banff Gondola is always fun! Try the Mother's Day chocolate tasting (reservations required), then hike to Sanson's Peak (1 km return) and take some family photos. Next, hit the hot springs and have dinner at the Maple Leaf Grill and Lounge.

Looking towards Sanson's Peak
Have a super adventurous mom? She will love riding the Mount Norquay Sightseeing Chairlift to the staging ground of the Via Ferrata where she will (guided and harnessed) climb ladders, cross airy, suspension bridges and enjoy epic views of Banff. After, grab lunch at the Cliffhouse Bistro. I recommend the charcuterie platter!

Norquay Sightseeing Chairlift
If the weather is frightful, go underground! Rat's Nest Cave, Canmore stays about the same temperature year round. Kids 10 & up can join mom on Canmore Cave Tours. Squeeze through the Laundry Chute, rappel into a large cavern, and explore the network of caves below Grotto Mountain. I would go again!

Gear

KEEN Gift Card: You can never have enough shoes, right? Or boots? I really liked my KEEN Durand boots, but the new women's specific KEEN Terradoras fit even better! If Mom needs new light hikers, give the Terradoras a try! They fit narrower across the toe than most KEENs, and are super light, so they are nimble and feel more like a trail runner than boot. The waterproofing on them is rad too - I've crossed streams and hiked in slush and stayed completely dry. Read my review of the Durands here and enter to win a pair of KEENs of your choice below (Canada only).

KEEN Terradora Waterproof Hiking Boots
If mom already has hiking boots, KEEN has lots of great shoes and sandals to choose from. I have these gorgeous Dauntless posted sandals on my wish list.

KEEN Dauntless Posted Sandals
Image Credit: KEEN Canada
Disclosure: I am a KEEN Brand Ambassador and receive free footwear to test and review, but all words and opinions are my own.

Terramar Sports technical base layers and active wear: In our climate, you can literally live in base layers for half the year and I do. I am in love with the Cloud Nine leggings (they come in several different funky patterns) and Thermawool top (wool blend never gets smelly), but as soon as it gets a bit warmer, I'll be back in Terramar's summer wear. The MicroCOOL tops actually feel cool to the touch and kept me from overheating in 30 degree (86 F) weather, so they're a top choice for working out in. I also love the Reflex Tank and Reflex Get Up & Go Pant for working out or hiking. Terramar makes more than base layers, so you can wear their stuff all year! Enter to win this outfit from Terramar below (US only)! More details at http://www.terramarsports.com/catalog/womens (filter: Reflex to see items you can choose from).

Reflex Tank and Get Up & Go Pants - ENTER TO WIN BELOW!
Disclosure: I am a Terramar Sports Brand Ambassador and receive free base layers and active wear to test and review, but all words and opinions are my own.

Aventura Clothing makes eco-friendly fashion that moves with you. Every piece is comfortable and pretty! I first discovered it on a road trip to Moab 10 years ago and am proud to now be a Brand Ambassador for this family-run company. Luxurious organic cotton that resists wrinkling and recycled polyester are just a few of the eco-friendly fabrics Aventura uses. I am in love with the Hartwell Hoodie and Jayla Vest. To see more of the Spring/Summer line, please see this post: Aventura Spring Styles - Cute, Comfortable, and Versatile.

If you'd like a 60% off coupon code to treat mom (or yourself) to a discounted shopping spree, please leave me a comment and I will email you (US only)!

Aventura Hartwell Hoodie and Midori Scarf
Disclosure: I am an Aventura Clothing Brand Ambassador and receive free base layers and active wear to test and review, but all words and opinions are my own.

Yukon Charlie's Carbon Lite Trekking and Snowshoeing Poles are amazingly light and easy to expand or collapse with their flip lock system. I have been testing these since last December and love them! Can't beat the price either! The poles come with removable snow baskets, so you can use these poles year round for hiking or snowshoeing! Get your own at Yukon Charlie's or Amazon.ca (affiliate link). Enter to win a pair of blue Carbon Lite Trekking Poles below (US only)!

Yukon Charlie's Carbon Lite Poles and Elite SPIN Snowshoes
See my snowshoe review here.
Disclosure: I am a Yukon Charlie's Brand Ambassador and receive free gear to test and review, but all words and opinions are my own.

The Bear Bowl is the perfect gift for the outdoorsy mom who has everything. This collapsible cooking pot/bowl fits in your pocket and can be used to boil water! It has a 32 oz capacity, is lighter than the lightest backpacking cook pot, and is simple to assemble. The bottom is metal to conduct heat and the rest if made of food grade plastic. Great to carry on day hikes in case of emergency, as well as on backpacking trips. Learn more and support Cory Santiago's project here.

The Bear Bowl
Image Credit: Bear Bowl
Disclosure: I received a free sample of the Bear Bowl to test and review, but all words and opinions are my own.

How To Lessons

Mom taught you everything you know about fishing, but now she wants to learn something new. Why not treat her to a fly fishing class at Bow River Troutfitters? Or mountain biking class at Winsport? There is terrain for all levels at Winsport and Eastlands, so it's a great place to up your skills!

If Mom needs to relax after a busy week, maybe she would enjoy outdoor yoga in a beautiful mountain setting! Walk With Ronna offers eco-yoga - a combination of hiking, yoga and meditation - in Banff. For a totally unique take on yoga, there is now Goat Yoga (who knew?) in Cochrane through FreeBird Adventures.  My friend at Beyond the Campsite said it was so much fun (and yoga's not her favorite, but she loves goats!).

Giveaway

Ok Moms, enter to win one of these great prizes by completing entries in the Rafflecopter widget below:
  • 1 pair of KEEN Boots/Shoes - Women's (Canada only)
  • 1 Terramar Sports "Reflex" Outfit - 1 Top & 1 Bottom (US only)
  • 1 pair of Yukon Charlie's Carbon Lite Trekking & Snowshoeing Poles - blue (US only)
Terms: Contest closes May 5, 2017 at 12 AM MST. Winners will be notified at the email address provided when they enter the contest. Each winner must claim her prize within 48 hrs of notification or a new winner will be selected.


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105 comments

  1. I would get the keen terradora waterproof. They look amazing!

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  2. I'd have to check fit and all that, but I really like the look of the Oakridge and Koven. I really need new footwear!

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  4. I definitely need new hiking boots for this year. I would pick the Oakridge Waterproof Boot to keep my feet happy while exploring.

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  5. I would love the KEEN WOMEN'S DURAND POLAR WP boots. Currently I wear uggs when playing at the park etc and would feel more confident wearing a grippy and waterproof boot!

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  6. I would love a new pair of winter hiking boots. I'm not which ones I'd have to take some time to do a bit or research before deciding.... but maybe the DURAND POLAR :)

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  7. I would like the Ecolator Full Zip Hoodie .

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  9. I would love to have the Reflex Full Length Legging and Tank.

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  10. I love keens... would try the terradoras :)

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  11. If I won I would choose the KEEN WOMEN'S VERSAVENT!! thanks!

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  12. I would get the KEEN Women's Terradora Waterproof

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  13. For sure, without a doubt, the Terradoras! I tried them on in a store, and they are perfection.

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  14. Great ideas! All a bit practical and a bit fun!

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  15. I would take the poles hiking in the white mountains nh

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  16. I would get Keen's Rose Sandal.

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  17. Can't wait to visit Canada! Those trekking poles <3 Great post! -registercouple

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  18. Great article....as always :)
    Dana

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  19. I would get the Detroit 8". I love that they come in wide sizes!
    Tara U

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  20. I would get the KEEN WOMEN'S PRESIDIO SPORT MESH WP.
    Florence Cochrane

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  21. I like the rlex tank and reflex get up and go pants! Those two are !y faves from the collection.

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  22. I would travel to red top mountain in georgia and hike it witj friends and family!

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  23. I would travel to red top mountain in georgia and hike it witj friends and family!

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  24. I would choose the Reflex tank and the Reflex Get Up & Go Pant. Thanks!

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  25. I would like to go hiking the Mount Baker area in WA state.

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  26. I love the KEEN Women's Terradora Waterproof - Raven/Rose Dawn! Preparing for a backpacking trip and looking for some great new shoes!

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  27. so many great shoes to choose from
    I might choose the KEEN WOMEN'S VOYAGEUR

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  28. I am in need of a great pair of walking sandals for walking the dogs everyday this summer and love the look and style of your Sarasota Slide Sandals

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  29. Keen's just make me want to hike! I'd love the Keen's Koven Wide for women in magnet/cerise!

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  30. I would get the keen women's pyrenees! So nice!

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  31. I'd get the Keen Koven! Or the the Terradoras.

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  32. We are hiking in Zion this fall, i'd love the poles for the Angels Landing hike.

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  33. I would order the KEEN MEN'S MONTFORD for my son

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  34. I would get the Voyageur shoes in brindle/alaskan blue colour.

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  35. I would love to hike Cape Chignecto, NS with the Yukon Charlie's Trekking Poles!

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  36. If I won, I would order the "KEEN Women's Arroyo II!" :)

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  37. I'd choose the Reflex Full Length Legging, which would be great to have for under my mountain biking shorts for the chillier days in spring and fall, and the black/grey? tank.

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  38. Dauntless Posted looks great for a everyday summer shoe on the Island.

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  39. I love the look and style of the KEEN WOMEN'S KACI FULL GRAIN SLIP-ON

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  40. I really like the "Reflex Full Length Legging" and the yellow "Reflex Tank" :)

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  41. I want to take the trekking poles to Canada! :)

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  42. Well since I had to chuck my winter boots after this season I'd try the Durands if I won.

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  43. KEEN WOMEN'S RIVINGTON II CRISS-CROSS CNX

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  44. I have a pair of their sandals and love them. I'd get a pair of their runners -> KEEN WOMEN'S MERCER LACE II CNX.

    Besos Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

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  45. I'd choose the Thermawool Crew and the Cloud Nine Scroll bottoms.

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  46. I'm passing on this post to my kids and my husband. They never know what to get me for Mother's Day. Also, I love Aventura clothing.

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  47. I would order a pair of hiking shoes

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  48. Would love to go hiking in Jasper

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  49. I currently have the KEEN Terradoras and know my mom would love them just as much!

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  50. I would choose the KEEN WOMEN'S DURAND POLAR SHELL

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  51. I would choose the Reflex Tank and the Reflex Get Up & Go Pant.

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  52. I would like to go hiking in Newfoundland.

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  53. If I won the Keens contest I would get myself the KEEN WOMEN'S WINTHROP II WP boot

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  54. I would pick the the awesome KEEN Women's Terradora Waterproof.

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  55. I would like to have the Keen Koven shoes.

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  56. I'd love the Keen of Scots boot.

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  57. I would get the KEEN WOMEN'S GYPSUM II WATERPROOF in Brindle/Dark Purple. (Judy Cowan)

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  58. I like the Reflex Short Sleeve Scoop yellow and Reflex Full Length Legging black

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  59. I would love to win a pair of Whispers in Magnet/Sangria if those are fair game!

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  60. I f I won I would choose the KEEN WOMEN'S DURAND POLAR WP boots

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  61. I'd get these KEEN Women's Arroyo II sandals!

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  62. ohh hard decision! I`d probably get the KEEN WOMEN'S MERCER LACE II CNX

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  63. I would get the KEEN Women's Koven Polar

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  64. Love those new terradora's but my 6 year old keen winter boots are on their way out too....

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  65. If I won, I would get the Keen Women's Terradora Waterproof in Dark Purple/Purple Sage.

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  66. Love the Reflex clothing line! I would choose the "Get Up & Go" pant, and "Reflex tank" if winning would require choosing from the Reflex line. Otherwise, I would really love the "Thermawool Full Zip" and "Get Up & Go" pant.

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  67. For the Keen giveaway, I would absolutely love the Keen Women's Terradora Waterproof Hiker in Neautral Gray/Gargoyle!

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  68. For the Yukon Charlie’s Carbon Lite Trekking Poles Giveaway, I would like to try these poles out in K-country :)

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  69. for the top0 I would like the thermawool fullzip and the bottoms the cloud nine scroll

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  70. we have alot of trekking trails here where I live that I would take the poles with me

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  71. My choice would be a toss up between the KEEN WOMEN'S TERRADORA WATERPROOF shoes and the KEEN WOMEN'S BALI STRAP

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  72. I would love to have comfy feet ion the KEEN WOMEN'S KACI FULL GRAIN SLIP-ON

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  73. We have local trails just outside of Sault Ste Marie that I go hiking in.The Yukon Charlie's Trekking Poles would be a helper!

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  74. I would pick the Terradora Waterproof Boot in Dark Purple/Purple Sage

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  75. I pick the pink reflex tank top and grey Reflex Tulip Capri

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  76. I would pick the black reflect tank and shorts

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  77. I can't wear women's shoes (my feet are too wide), so I would offer them to my mom. I'd let her choose, but I bet she would like something like the Targhee II.

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  78. I would pick the Terradoras boot, as I would like something light weight.

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  79. I would definitely get the Ecolator Full Zip Hoodie or the Reflex Tank with the Polypro Bottoms.

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  80. I would love to go hiking in Wisconsin with the Yukon Charlie's Carbon Lite Trekking Poles.

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  81. http://global.keenfootwear.com/en-ca/product/shoes/women/rose-slide
    These KEEN shoes looks amazing and may be perfect since I have neuropathy.

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  82. http://www.terramarsports.com/product/seamless-footless-legging-3.0
    http://www.terramarsports.com/product/cloud-nine-scroll-scoop
    These leggings and top would be lovely!

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  83. I'd get the Terradoras boots - they look so comfortable!

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  84. I would order the KEEN WOMEN'S TERRADORA WATERPROOF if I won.

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  85. i'd get the WOMEN'S PYRENEES

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  86. I would LOVE to hike with Karen @PlayOutsideGal in Alberta Canada! :-)

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  87. Hiking in the Kiamichi Mountains

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  88. I've heard a lot about these hikers and have been wanting to get a pair! Those sandals also look tempting!

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  89. I would get the woman's terradora waterproof

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  90. I'd have to go and try the Thermasilk Spunsilk Spandex V-Neck top and the Ecolator Bottom.

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  91. I live in Sacramento, CA. In a two hour drive in either direction, I am either in the Sierras or along the beautiful California Coastline. I would take the hiking poles with me on all my outdoor hiking adventures!

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  92. Another great informative post!

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