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Backcountry, Trail Etiquette -

As Colorado grows in population, we are seeing a growth in the backcountry as well. This means it’s more important to discuss backcountry etiquette and how to respect the trail. The finer points of trail etiquette will depend on what type of activity you're participating in -- hiking, trail riding, camping or hunting. It’s important that while traveling through the backcountry, you pay attention to the following points to ensure you’re a respectful visitor to the area. Hiking Etiquette: Respect Nature Stay on the trails and do not bushwhack If you need to take a break move well off the...

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When it comes to keeping your pack pannier clean and cared for, I have a few simple tips for you to use both at home and in the backcountry. However, your cleaning process depends solely on the kind of pack pannier you use, so let’s start with the basics - what kind of pack pannier material are you using? Pack Panniers - Materials Cordura Nylon: I recommend this material - it doesn’t rot, mildew or hold smell. The tough, durable fabric easily resists abrasions, scuffs and tears and it’s easy to clean and prevent stains due to it’s high quality...

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Backcountry, Elk Hunting, Hunting Gear, Hunting Panniers -

One of the most common questions I get from novices is ‘how should I prepare for my first hunt in the backcountry?’ Hunting for elk and other big game in what can be a dangerous and unwelcoming environment is no small task, but I think I can help make it a little easier for you by sharing some of my backcountry hunting essentials. These are a handful of tips based on my experience as a backcountry hunter that could be valuable to novices and seasoned adventurers alike. Before you head out on your next excursion to remote areas, take my...

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Packing Tips -

I meet a lot of folks at my shows and I hear even more stories. I always pay attention because there is much to be learned, especially when the story involves broken bones. A couple of years ago when I was at an expo in Salt Lake City, UT there was a gentleman at my booth admiring my saddle bags. He liked my design but wanted to make sure there was a way to tie them down. He proceeded to tell me a story of how his horse did not do well with floppy saddlebags. He said he was on...

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My hunting buddy and I were packing up. We were about to head back to the trailhead after a week in the backcountry. I was loading and weighing the panniers while John was saddling the pack burros when a couple of out-of-state, neophyte bow hunters who were camped up the valley walked into camp. They looked concerned. They began to explain when they returned from their morning hunt they discovered that cattle had wandered into camp. The alfalfa pellets that were left on the ground had been eaten. It was all they had for their horse. Plus, the cattle had...

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