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The secret to building anything is to start from the ground up. This is true whether you’re building a house, making a sandwich, or picking out the perfect combination of clothing for your particular athletic endeavors. Given this, it stands to reason that the starting point for your athletic clothing would be your socks. The right socks can mean hours of blissful trail running or hiking, with your feet ensconced in soft, supportive, moisture-shedding goodness. The wrong socks, on the other hand, can mean hours of swampfoot and blisters, followed by countless more hours nursing your poor, abused feet around the campfire.

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No matter what your particular form of outdoor recreation, there’s one thing that remains constant, the need for clean, purified water to prevent dehydration. Now, as much as we hope that we can all agree on the need for water to prevent dehydration, it’s that “clean” aspect of the water that becomes the tricky part. As much fun as Beaver Fever seems to be, if we can just avoid it altogether, that’s probably for the best, right? So what are the best ways to prevent that from cropping up on your next backcountry excursion?

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Choosing the right running shoe is arguably one of the most important decisions you can make when it comes to your running career. The right shoe will mean hours of enjoyment, fitness and, all things going well, relatively pain-free time spent on the road or trail. We say “relatively pain-free” because well, running is tough. It’s going to hurt sometimes. But we want it to hurt in the right way, not in the debilitating and “I never want to run again” way. After all, what’s that old saying? Something about pain and gain going hand in hand?

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Choosing the right sleeping bag for any excursion can mean the difference between a night spent dreaming of your next day’s adventure and a night spent tossing and turning uncomfortably, while you worry about your lack of sleep for that same adventure. Whether it be down or synthetic, rectangular or mummy, there are numerous factors which can and should influence your decision of which bag to buy.
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When it comes to hiking, backpacking and camping, nothing ruins a great trip like not being able to eat tasty meals. Conversely, nothing turns a miserable, wet day into a fun memorable one like a great meal when you get to camp. To help you turn those down days into WOW! days, we’re going to discuss the proper backpacking stove to take on your next trip.

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1. Solar powered lights that change colors.

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Bring some illumination to your campsite with the easily-charged and easily-packable Luci Lights.

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Let’s face it, thru-hiking is a difficult, challenging endeavor, at best. To make things easy, it’s important that you outfit yourself with the proper gear, and the starting point for all of that should be your pack. With this in mind, Osprey Packs designed the Atmos AG pack for men and the Aura AG pack for women. At heart, they’re extremely similar packs, the Aura being designed with a woman’s physiology and body shape in mind. When it comes to features though, they’re nearly identical.

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The future of backpacking is here, in the form of the Coper Spur UL mtnGLO Tent from Big Agnes. Say goodbye to blinding headlamps and poorly positioned headlamps, now you enjoy the convenience of LED light strands built directly into your ultra-light tent. Seem like something you need in your life? Well, you’re in luck! Visit our website and get your own Copper Spur UL mtnGLO Tent.

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The melting of snow, more sunny days, realizing you can’t hide under a bulky sweater anymore. Springtime means many different things to many different people. For many of us, it’s a chance to lace up some new kicks and hit the trails before the heat of summer really sets in. Then of course, there’s the age-old question, just which shoes are right for you? This season at Granite Chief we’ve got some great Asics to fit your needs, no matter what type of running you’re into.

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Well, it’s finally that time of year. The time of year when we, reluctantly, hang up our skis and head out to find some sunbaked rocks to play on instead. After you bring your skis into Granite Chief to get them set up with storage wax, stick around and check out our selection of climbing gear that has recently arrived. And hey, if you’re feeling saucy check out the paddleboards while you’re at it too!

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Spring has sprung, as they say, and it’s time to get out and appreciate all that Tahoe has to offer in the spring and summer. While many, ourselves included, are still dreaming of corn runs and early groomer laps, for plenty of people spring means a time to get out and enjoy the water. No matter which camp you find yourself in, Granite Chief has the goods to satisfy your summer cravings.

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When it comes to changing the sport of skiing as we know it, few companies can boast as much credit as Rossignol. With next season’s skis, Rossignol has really stepped up their game. We’re not going to sit here and tell you they’ve changed skiing forever, we’ll let you, the consumer, judge things for yourself.

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