Brian Conghalie

Brian has been an avid hiker and backpacker since he was a small kid, often being taken out into the wilderness on trips with his father. His dad knew everything about nature and the wilderness (or at least that's how it seemed to a ten year old Brian).

After high school, he went to university to read for both a BS and MS in Geology (primarily so he could spend his time outside rather than in a classroom). He's now hiked, camped, skied, backpacked or mapped on five continents (still need to bag Antarctica) & 30 of the US states.

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Hiking in the Rain: How to Stay Dry and Still Have Fun

Wet weather doesn’t have to put a damper on your hiking or backpacking trip! If you know how to plan, what to pack and bring the right attitude you can have a fantastic time. Learn how with My Open Country.
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71 Inspirational Hiking Quotes to Get You Motivated

Don't look any further for outdoors inspiration! We have collected together over 70 hiking quotes from Sir Edmund Hillary, John Muir and my friend Bill to help inspire and motivate you to leave your comfy chair and get into the wild.
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Hilleberg Akto Review: Backpacking Tents

The Hilleberg Akto is a globally renowned lightweight, solo, 4 season expedition tent, and for good reason. Find out for yourself what makes this tent tick.
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Hiking with Dogs (Bringing your best friend on the trail)

Our ultimate guide to Hiking with Dogs leads you through how to prepare for a fun trip for both of you, and which pitfalls to avoid, and how.
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Hiking with Kids, Toddlers & Infants (Without Tears or Tantrums!)

Hiking with kids can be simultaneously magical and exhausting for all involved. Read on for ideas and tips to ensure your outdoor adventures are eventful for all the right reasons!
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Holbert Trail, South Mountain Hiking Guide [Phoenix, AZ]

The Holbert Trail is a relatively quick out & back trail that will give you amazing views over downtown Phoenix from Dobbins Lookout.

How Do Hand Warmers Work?

Far from being a mystical item, hand warmers use some basic chemistry to keep your digits warm. Sit back as we break down the science for ya!
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How to Repair Your Sleeping Pad

Outdoor gear is expensive, and repairing it yourself can be straightforward - we help buy giving you a run-down on how to repair your sleeping pad.
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How to Stay Cool While Camping: 15 Tips to Survive High Temps

In this guide, we offer a selection of fifteen handy tips and hacks that will help you beat the heat when camping in the dog days of summer.