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Head an hour north of Boise, and you’ll find a stretch of the Payette river that contains some of the world’s most notorious class five rapids. Not many people dare to try their hand at kayaking this part of the river, but there are a few who dedicate their lives to running it daily. One of those people is, Ryan Bailey.
Better known as “Bailey”, he’s become a local legend in the kayaking community. With over twenty years of experience on the Payette, Bailey has committed his life to the river and to the tight knit town of Banks, Idaho.

Until this past year, Bailey spent his summers working as a USFS wildland firefighter, while also working odd jobs as a ranch hand, to support his kayaking obse...

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What is White Sands?

What is White Sands?

Great white dunes march across the New Mexico desert.

From the tallest dune, some 60 ft tall, it’s hard to fathom the world around you. Climb skyward, and your eyes would meet a sea of white; 275 square miles to be precise - where corduroy ribs of pure gypsum rise and fall like an ocean frozen in time.

Approximately 10,000 years ago, thousands of years’ worth of rain and snowmelt carried this gypsum - known by rock nerds as calcium sulfate dihydrate, sidewalk artists as chalk, builders as the white stuff in drywall, and chemists as CaSO₄·2H₂O - to the bottom of this basin. Water filled the great depression and a rich, biologically diverse world came to life.
The white comes from the miraculous ...

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Snakebite Prevention and First Aid

Snakebite Prevention and First Aid

While snakebites are a relatively rare occurrence, knowing how to prevent or treat one is a potentially lifesaving skill. This is especially true for those of us who spend a lot of our time outdoors, whether for work or recreation. The more you know, the better you can prepare if something should ever happen to you or a loved one. Below are some of our tips on what do.

First, when traveling through snake territory, or simply working outdoors, it’s best to dress appropriately for the conditions. One of the most important pieces should include a solid pair of boots and quality long pants. If you happen to cross paths on the trail or working around the backyard, this will be your first line of d...

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Filson Food: Texas Style Bourbon BBQ Sauce

This sticky, spicy, bourbon infused sauce is designed to add zing to a barbeque brisket or slow cooked meat dish – works great on ribs, chicken, salmon, or pork.
 
Prep Time: 5 minutes | Total: 25 minutes| Servings: Enough to cover a 5.5 lb brisket 

Ingredients: 
2 tablespoons smoked spicy paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup organic apple cider vinegar 
3 tablespoons organic tomato paste
1/2 cup organic DARK honey (taste changes if you use light honey)
1/2 cup organic molasses
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons mustard powder
2-3 tablespoons high quality bourbon, or molasses-based rum
Optional: 2 star anise and cinnamon stick 


Steps: 

1. Add the paprika, cayenne pepper, vinegar, tomato paste, honey,...

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Ranchlands: Six Generations of Stewardship

Conservation isn’t abstract and ranching doesn’t reward those who disconnect themselves from nature. I learned these truths from Duke Phillips, or Big Duke, to his friends. For Big Duke and his family, ranching is a way of life.

Standing at a slim 6 foot, he carries the presence of a patriarch who has lived his dream, and still is. Crows-feet and weathered hands tell the story, one that began in the grasslands of Mexico as a young boy where Big Duke learned the ropes from his father and grandfather. You can read some of the story written across his hat, one built of beaver felt, tanned by a life in the sun, adorned by a silver pin of a sandhill crane. His silver belt buckle, dirt caked jeans ...

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The Balance of Trust

The Balance of Trust

Farrierspend years mastering the ancient craft of horseshoeingIt requires many hours of standing next to a hot forge, swinging a hammer, bending in uncomfortable positions, all within striking distance of a horse’s kick. “Ferrarius is Latin for “of iron” or “blacksmith,” and farriering, in addition to skilled manipulation of hot metal, requires a deep knowledge of these powerful animals

The North Bay Farriers are comprised of RT Goodrich, Brelen Parker, and Lila Scott. Just outside of Point Reyes Station, in the rolling hills of Northern California, they demonstrate what a day in the stables is like, and how they became farriers.


Operating out of a small but perfectly adapted van, the t...

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Filson Food: Fire Pit Dinner

Filson Food: Fire Pit Dinner

Should you find yourself at camp strapped for ingredients and time, here’s a simple recipe that delivers a hearty meal for the whole crew. 

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Total: 45 minutes | Servings: 4 

Equipment: 
Aluminum foil 
Metal tongs 
Work gloves or oven mitt 
Campfire grate 
Shovel

Ingredients: 
Olive or vegetable oil 
16-oz ground beef or bison 
2-3 whole carrots, diced 
2 whole potatoes, diced 
1 bell pepper, diced 
1 large white or yellow onion sliced 
4 corn on the cob, shucked
3-5 sprigs of rosemary, finely chopped 
Salt & pepper 

Steps: 
1. Make your campfire. 
Camp fire meals are simple, but only with a great base from your fire. Make sure your cooking area is level and clear to evenly cook your meal ...

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Broken Down and Saved by Saints

Broken Down and Saved by Saints

Photographer Joe Haeberle travels the west in a rambling fashion, documenting small town Americana. A few summers ago, he found himself broken down in rural Montana and in need of a hand; what he found was new friends.

“uh, shit.” I murmured to myself. I put the truck in first gear and tried to get it to move. That plan worked for about 15 feet until I came to another grinding halt. My truck wasn’t going to move. After a quick check under the hood and seeing that nothing was on fire, I called the nearest towing company in Thompson Falls, MT. “We’ll have a guy out there soon”, the lady said. “Just hold tight.”
“We can get a rebuilt one delivered in about 5 days, and then it’ll be another day to...

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Bequi Livingston

Bequi Livingston

Protectors of the Forest - #15 of 21

BEQUI LIVINGSTON

Wildland Firefighting Pioneer

In 1988, Bequi Livingston became the first woman ever recruited by the New Mexico-based Smokey Bear Hotshots for its elite wildland firefighting crew. It had taken Livingston nine years to prove herself in the then-male dominated industry.

Standing 4’10” and 98 pounds, Livingston was perceived to be at a strength disadvantage. Some of the physical demands include hiking with heavy equipment and constructing firebreaks with shovels, axes, and chainsaws—for up to 16 hours straight. Livingston’s solution was to be doubly strong. During the off season, she worked as a personal trainer, and kept her strength and endur...

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The Life of Smokey Bear

The Life of Smokey Bear

The Life of
Smokey
Bear

Since 1944, Smokey Bear has been the mascot for the U.S. Forest Service – the longest-running public service campaign in American history. Trace the journey of one of America’s most iconic symbols—the one who still brings out the best in everyone. Happy 75th Birthday, old bear.

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