Articles written by: Neil Schulman

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From Mountain Khakis

What Stuff Means to Us: Your Old Outdoor Gear

Ok, I’m going to sell it. Really. I mean it. I even went so far to clean it and everything. Even now, I’m hesitating. It’s an iconic piece of gear built to survive an apocalypse. I’ve shared many adventures with it. Never mind that it’s been sitting in the closet […]

What Fort McMurray’s Forest Fire Means
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What Fort McMurray’s Forest Fire Means

While I’m writing these words, Canadian Prime Minister is touring fire-ravaged Fort McMurray, Alberta. The 85,000 residents, all of whom were evacuated during the recent massive wildfire that coursed through town, are still waiting for news on when they may be able to return home: at least those that have […]

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From Mountain Khakis

What to Put in Your Equipment Repair Kit

It’s no fun when stuff breaks on wilderness trips, especially when it’s something you really depend on. I’ve fixed tent poles, stoves, kayaks, dry suits, shredded shoes, and spray skirts in the wilderness, mostly with a very small kit about the size of a soda can. Here’s what I bring, […]

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How to Live the High Live: Survival in the Alpine Zone

At 10,000 feet or more, the air is thin. Winters are long. Even summer nights are cold, and the wind is incessant. Food is thin and far between. How does anything live up here when things get rough? But stuff does—not just plants, but mammals, insects, and birds. And they […]

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Putting the “Wild” Back in Wildflower Photography

It’s spring. An hour east of my front door, one of the world’s biggest wildflower blooms is in full-on explosion mode. There are carpets of balsamroot, lupine, lilies and other flowers backed by the Columbia River and a snow-capped Mount Adams. In the next few months, the wildflower explosion will […]