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All Season Fun

Get outside this fall with great gear from local shops

Summer is long behind us, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still go camping. With the right gear, an overnighter in the woods is still yours for the taking. Try some of these great finds available at shops around Central Oregon and get outside.

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The Exped Gemini III Backpacking Tent

Fall may banish some activities with chilly weather, but that doesn’t mean camping has to take a hike. However, staying warm and dry is particularly important when summer ends. The Exped Gemini III Backpacking Tent weighs in at just over six pounds and sleeps three people. Especially important is its high-quality rainfly, which will keep you dry no matter what Central Oregon’s unpredictable weather has to offer. omcgear.com

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Never Summer Sleeping Bag 

Even if the sun is still out in mid- to late fall, temperatures at night can get frigid. Marmot’s Never Summer down sleeping bag will keep you warm and cozy, no matter how low night temperatures plummet. An inside pocket near the feet allows the insertion of a hand warmer for added comfort. $289-$299

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AirRail Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad 

Sleeping on the ground doesn’t necessarily mean being uncomfortable. This sleeping pad by REI is lightweight enough to take on a trek to your camping spot and comfortable enough to give you a great night’s sleep. It is also insulated, so you don’t have to worry about cold air creeping up from beneath you. $89.95-$109

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WhisperLite Stove

Combat the cold of the trail with a nice warm meal after setting up camp. MSR’s WhisperLite stove weighs in at just under a pound, and is perfect for boiling water quickly for a freeze-dried meal. Plus, it’s made in Seattle—a true Pacific Northwest product. $79.95

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Nalgene Silo

Although it might be cooler in the fall, it is still just as important to remain hydrated. Nalgene bottles are lightweight and durable, and even though this particular style can hold 48 ounces, it still has a slim profile that will allow it to easily fit into the side pocket of a backpack. nalgene.com

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Base Layer Half-zip Shirt

This shirt, available in both men’s and women’s styles, is perfect for providing a warm base layer that wicks moisture away from the body, and the half-zip allows greater control over airflow as you hike. Use it in colder months under another jacket, or in warmer months as a standalone piece. Columbia Sportswear

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Minimalist Jacket

In case of rain, a waterproof shell is important. Marmot’s Minimalist Jacket is lightweight and will shed water to keep you dry. It has an adjustable hood, a chest pocket with a water-resistant zipper and even PitZips near your underarms to keep you well ventilated.  Skjersaa’s Ski and Snowboard

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Midweight Merino Hiking Crew Socks

Patagonia’s merino wool, nylon and spandex-blend socks will keep your feet warm and itch-free, while still being reasonably breathable. A mesh arch provides support and a snug fit, and a mid-weight footbed offers cushioning for comfort without bulk.  Sunriver Sports

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Storm Mid Waterproof Boots

These boots by The North Face are perfect for hiking with a chance of rain. The waterproofed leather and mesh uppers keep moisture out, while the mid-cut profile offers support. A Vibram outsole delivers stable footing no matter what terrain you encounter. Similar styles are available in men’s and women’s boots. $110-$120 thenorthface.com

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ReVolt Headlamp

Central Oregon comes with many perks, and beautiful, dark night skies is one of them, especially as we near winter. If you’re camping in the fall, be sure to pack a headlamp for convenient night vision that leaves your hands free. The ReVolt headlamp is waterproof and USB-rechargeable, but also can run on AAA batteries in a pinch, so be sure to bring extras just in case.  $59.95 blackdiamondequipment.com

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