The Why

Imagine yourself pulling over a tiny lip in the middle of a thousand vertical feet of granite, or skirting along a knife-edge ridge as you look down upon a remote valley full of broad, broken glaciers and majestic high peaks. Riding your boards through waist-deep powder, pedaling your bike through a stand of yellow aspens on a crisp fall day, or waiting for your friends just downstream of the Class V rapids. It doesn’t matter, as long as you’re outside.

Your backpack isn’t as light as it could be; it rarely is. Your ultramodern outdoor gear doesn’t weigh very much, but all that metal ...

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