10 Tips for Sleeping at the Trailhead


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10 Tips for Sleeping at the Trailhead

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DIGITAL TRENDS — We’ve all seen the Instagram account of the guy with the tricked out Sprinter, complete with custom solar panels, multi-sport racks and off-roading wheels. But you don’t need a decked out camper van to sleep in your car. In fact, with the right planning and proper gear, you can rest well in virtually any vehicle. Whether your goal is to...
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Walking Dead opinion piece on a Daryl and Aaron romance.


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The Walking Dead: Why a Daryl-Aaron Romance is a Good Idea

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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER — As leading man Andrew Lincoln (who plays Rick Grimes) prepares to exit AMC's The Walking Dead, Norman Reedus (who plays Daryl Dixon) is negotiating a $20 million deal to hover at the top of the call sheet on one of TV's most-watched dramas. While the writing for Lincoln's...
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Costa Rica roundup


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10 Unforgettable Moments You’ll Have On A Trip To Costa Rica

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MATADOR NETWORK — Costa Rica is full-on mesmerizing in its diversity — wet, leafy rainforests with howling monkeys and cascading vines; hot, sun-baked beaches with sea turtles and crackling sand; rivers, mountains, volcanoes, waterfalls…
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StereoActive Fusion


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Party On the Water With StereoActive

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MEN'S JOURNAL — Whether rocking out while tossing back a few cold ones with your buddies on a sunny afternoon or paddling solo and enjoying a serene sunset with your favorite podcast, listening to music on your SUP, kayak, or canoe has, until now, been risky business. Fusion’s...
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Best Socks


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The 7 Best Socks For Snow

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BUSTLE — When the snow starts falling outside your window, it's like an enchanting force beckoning you come outside and play. The air is crisp, the streets are fluffy, and the whole city looks like a magical winter wonderland. However, if you don’t have the best socks for snow available, your feet are going to be freezing. It’s difficult to overestimate how...
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Vail Colorado


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Why Downhill Camera Operators Are Snowboarding’s True Unsung Heroes

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DIGITAL TRENDS — There is a famous adage about 1930s tap dancing legend Ginger Rogers which talks about how she did everything Fred Astaire did “only backward and in high heels.” In the world of snow sports, the same could be said for downhill...
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Elite Daily


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61 Gifts For Men Under $50

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ELITE DAILY — Shopping for those hard-to-buy-for people on your list isn’t the absolute worst thing in the world — after all, there are things like root canals, automated insurance tellers, and trying to dig your phone out when it slips into that aggravating space between the driver’s seat and the console. However...
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Armadillo


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Armadillos Are Like Your Gawky, Weird Little Sibling

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THE BEACH TIMES — If armadillos were human, they might be likened to that stage of adolescence sometimes described as “awkward.” The small, cingulated creatures waddle around on tiny feet with oversized midsections and scales covering most of their body. They have mousy ears, pig-like snouts, and are not uncommonly the bearers of scraggily beards— females included. With squinty eyes and...
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Orchid


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Seductive Beauty: The Lure and Lore of Orchids

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THE BEACH TIMES — Explorers have long met gruesome fates in search of treasure, zealous in their thirst for power and glory. But it was another kind of obsession that killed the men listed above: flowers. Fresh and dewy, aromatic, mist-covered flowers—orchids specifically—brought these soldiers down. And while their circumstances were unique, historians say it’s not...
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The Hard-to-Grasp Business of Patriotism

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THE GOLDENDALE SENTINEL — This year I worked on the Fourth of July which, as a newsie, means driving around the county to see what people are up to. I wanted to get to each part and had mapped out an extensive route, beginning in the east and heading west with checkpoints along the way. I began in Bickleton for the town’s Patriotic Pig Roast. The scenes heading out there were pretty typical: kids playing...
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Molly's Game


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Jessica Chastain Shines in New Trailer for Aaron Sorkin’s Directorial Debut, ‘Molly’s Game’

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DIGITAL TRENDS — In August, two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain gave audiences a glimpse of the shrewd, fast-talking poker boss she will bring to life in Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, Molly’s Game. Now a second trailer has been released for...
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Magpies


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Frumpy Fowl Makes Bad Company

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THE BEACH TIMES — As far as birds go, the robin might make a good dinner date. With her coquettish eyes and soft, auburn plumage, one imagines she would be pleasant company. The same could be said about the graceful swan, the peaceful dove, or the resonant nightingale—a creature whose seductive song has long inspired...
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Best Fuzzy Blankets


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The 8 Best Fuzzy Blankets

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BUSTLE — Winter is all about making like a bear a hibernating in your little den — which, for humans, pretty much amounts to curling up on the couch and sipping hot beverages for four months straight. And nothing makes this cold-weather routine better than having one of the best fuzzy blankets in the world to...
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Man of Steel


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Watch the Fantastically Eerie ‘Man of Steel’ Trailer

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(ARCHIVED FROM MSN.COM) Behold: the chilling, spine-tingling glimpse of the boy bound to become Superman. Although the much-anticipated "Man of Steel" isn't due out until June next year, producers aren't wasting any time getting would-be fans psyched for the latest Hollywood superhero movie. This trailer, which Internet users have swiftly sent viral, doesn’t...
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Amazon roundup


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68 Insanely Clever Gifts Under $25 On Amazon

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ELITE DAILY — Gift-giving is a heartwarming endeavor that lets you show your loved ones how much you care about them and makes everyone feel warm and fuzzy. But you know what else it is? Expensive. Finding the best gifts under $25 can feel like a Herculean task when every time you flip a price tag over it gives you a mild heart attack. And finding gifts is...
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Thermal Underwear


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The 7 Best Thermal Underwear For Women

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BUSTLE — The key to getting through the cold months is simple: layering. If you plan on leaving the house at any point, you’ll want the best thermal underwear for women that you can find — ones that keep you warm and don’t make you feel like you’re wrapped in wads of gauze whenever you put pants on over them. This is especially true if...
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Best Snowboarding Boots


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Slash lines in Comfort With the Year’s Best Snowboard Boots

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DIGITAL TRENDS — Oh, the importance of snowboarding boots. Is it even possible to count the ways? A nice pair of boots turns your day into a heavenly montage of cozy lines and cushy pow turns, underscored by warm, toasty feet. A crappy pair creates a horror sequence of frozen toes, cramped ankles, and smothered circulation — not to mention that aching band of ankle numbness known only to snowboarders, especially those who’ve ridden with cheap or ill-fitting boots...
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Toby Miller


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Toby Miller on Being Shaun White’s Protege and the Future of Snowboarding

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DIGITAL TRENDS — Toby Miller got his first snowboard when he was just six years old. In the two years that followed, he took so well to the sport that his parents packed their bags and moved from Southern California to the mountains of Lake Tahoe so he...
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Sicily


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Italy, With a Touch of France and a Pinch of Spain

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THE BEACH TIMES — Anchored in the blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea and set beneath the pyroclastic eyes of Mount Etna, lies the aging island of Sicily. The sovereign Italian region—famed for its poetry and painted wooden carts—was first...
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Arlington


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Some Memories Never Fade, Vets Say

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THE GOLDENDALE SENTINEL — Each one of the tattooed barbs on Rick Waddell’s arm represents a fallen soldier—the Marine is willing to concede that much. Furthermore, he will tell you that each Memorial Day he does something special to honor them. Beyond that, the matter is private. Some things, he says, you don’t even tell your wife. “I lost 11 Marines total and not...
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Rachel Cavanaugh
Portland, OR

Rachel Cavanaugh is a long-time journalist based in the Pacific Northwest. With more than 13 years of experience as a news reporter, writer, photographer, editor and digital producer, her work has been featured in Men's Journal, MSN, The Hollywood Reporter, Bustle, Digital Trends, Elite Daily, Matador Network, and other publications. She's worked as a Digital Producer for Microsoft’s msnNOW, Digital Content Writer on Nike's Global Consumer Services' team, and Editor-in-Chief of the Goldendale Sentinel, a weekly print newspaper in Washington state. She currently splits her time as a Staff Writer for Bustle's Outdoor and Fitness E-Commerce platform and Gear Reviewer for Digital Trends' Outdoors and Sports section. She runs two commercial photography studios in Portland, Ore. and spends her free time snowboarding, playing outside with her dog, and talking her friends into last-minute dance parties.