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6 Base Layers That Will Keep You Warm All Winter

6 Base Layers That Will Keep You Warm All Winter

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Snowshoeing: Get Your Family Started The Easy Way

Bummed that the summer hiking trails will soon be covered in white? That’s okay…it’s snowshoeing season! Snowshoeing is a great…
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7 Picturesque Snowshoeing Trails to Try This Winter

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Hiking safety in the winter

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5 Stunning Foliage Hikes in Illinois

Illinois’ state parks and forest preserves feature miles of hiking trails offering scenic views of lush foliage, native wildlife, and…
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If you’ve been on a vacation to an outdoor destination in the past few years, you’ve likely noticed a new phenomenon: cycle paths, single…
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Hiking Boots—Six Great Choices Your Feet Will Love

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How to Buy Your First Pair of Hiking Boots

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Every spring, as testosterone levels drop in the males of North America’s deer species, they shed their antlers. Hunting for these shed antlers…
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5 Beautiful Scenic Hikes in Illinois

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