The year of the tent? Read on...

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Interesting article of a movement toward the outdoors in times of economic strain from Mountain Gazette-

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Field Review by Vanessa: Marmot Streamline

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Today is not a beautiful day in Iowa. It is a rainy, cool day in Iowa, perfect for a rain piece. But just a PreCip jacket may feel a little clammy in this 50 degree weather while running...what to do?

It is the perfect conditions for the new Marmot Streamline jacket! A fully DriClime lined PreCip jacket, this piece manages moisture on the inside with the bi-component knit DriClime material, but keeps you dry as well. Now, was I wearing this great piece today? No, but i am still very impressed.

My 14 month old son, Zander, and i were caught in the rain this morning and his open stroller did not fully cover his head and body. I tucked the Streamline around him and headed back to the car as fast as we could move to try and avoid the impending deluge. Back at the car i quickly went to pull Zander out to find him fast asleep. Warm and dry, the Steamline held up to the test. Great piece, Marmot. Check it out at!

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Ozark Trail Bluegrass Family Weekend!

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The Ozark Trail Association presents the first annual
Bluegrass Family Weekend
"Boots, Bikes, Bridles and Bluegrass"

Date: Friday, October 15 through
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Location: Bass' River Resort, near Steelville, MO
Cost: $20 per person ($5 for children under 12 years)

As our guest, you'll receive:

Free tent camping on Friday and Saturday night
A fun day of hiking, cycling and horseback riding events on Saturday with options for easier or more challenging treks--shuttle service provided for hikers and cyclists

Brown bag lunch and BBQ dinner on Saturday

Roaring bonfire with bluegrass music provided by two bands: Rosewood and River Ridge String Band--shows begin at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Chance to purchase raffle tickets for great outdoor gear and fun items
If you prefer, you can rent an electric campsite or cabin from Bass' Resort by contacting them directly at

On Sunday, you can choose to purchase Bass' country breakfast and stay for activities on your own including kayaking, canoe and tube floats on Courtois Creek, using Bass' regularly-priced services.


Pre-registration and advance payment are required to make your reservation. Please follow the steps below:

To register, visit the Ozark Trail Association website: and click on Sign Up for An Event. Enter your registration information in the fields provided.
To make your payment, visit Fill in your contact information and add any additional participants who should be included in your payment. The secure form will request your credit card information.
You'll receive a payment confirmation at the Email address you specify in the payment form.
When you arrive at the Bluegrass Family Weekend, please check in at the registration desk for a schedule of events and to receive your wrist-bands for meals and activities.

QUESTIONS? Please call the Ozark Trail Association at (573) 436-0540 or
send a message to Abi Jackson, Office Coordinator,

THANKS to our event sponsors: Alpine Shop, REI
and Bass' River Resort

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Climb UP!- AAC events in the UP!

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Thursday, September 30- Mike Libecki Slide Show- Houghton, MI
Thursday, September 30- 180 Degrees South- Marquette, MI
Friday, October 1- AAC Social- Downwind Sports
Friday, October 1- Mike Libecki Slide show- Marquette, MI
Saturday, October 2- AAA Wall Climbing
Shoe Demo-
La Sportiva- Mark Wilford
Scarpa- Jon Jugenheimer
Vendor Booths
AAC BBQ and Party
Sunday, October 3- Little Presques Isle Bouldering Tour

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...stories of perilous, nay, endless traveling in the ever changing midwest territory...