Check out some of the latest, great media hits from Scarpa!

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Cold Thistle releases their follow up review on the Rebel Ultra.

Caipirnha's showcased in Wanderlust and Lipstick's 'WanderGear' Wednesday.

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Osprey- How to chose the right luggage: Hard or soft...the debate!

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Please see the article excerpt below regarding the great bag debate...Osprey comes out on top again!

Q. Should I choose a hard or soft bag?
A. Soft bags are more common than hard-shell luggage and are easier to squeeze into overhead compartments. These bags also absorb shock better than their molded counterparts. Soft bags are available in a wide variety of models; for example, you can purchase a carry-on with a zippered backpack attachment, or a duffel that can be either strapped to your back or wheeled through the airport.

Many ultra-lightweight luggage pieces are hard-sided and may help you meet weight requirements for checked luggage. If your tightly packed bag often weighs more than you do, look into purchasing a lightweight bag, which can save you a few pounds. Hard-sided bags also protect fragile items better than soft bags.

Whether you opt for a hard-sided suitcase or a soft one, be sure that you're paying for good quality. Flimsy hard-sided luggage can break or crack under pressure, while cheap soft luggage can tear.

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Ambassador Field Report: Dave Cornthwaite

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Please check out the film that AAO Ambassador Athlete Dave Cornthwaite put together on his incredible swimming journey down the Missouri river last summer! Proud to support such a great athlete!

"I've been waiting a little while for this, but I'm super excited to finally be able to share a short 8 minute film about my Missouri River swim from last summer. It's turned out really well thanks to the filmmaker Miguel Endara, if I had half of his talent I'd be happy!

I've created a minisite for the film at and hope you feel it does the project justice

More than anything, it's a beautiful memory of what was undoubtedly the toughest journey of my life to date. "- Dave

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Brian Block- on top again!

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I have just received word that Brian has reached the top of Kilimanjaro! This is his 7th of the "original" 7 summits and a great accomplishment that has come to fruition over the last few climbing seasons.

Vanessa, who traveled with him to climb and finish this goal, fell ill at high camp and had to walk out. Unfortunately it was not the altitude, but rather a travelers bug, that dehydrated Vanessa to a point of danger had she continued. She will meet him at the gate to celebrate his success!

Please join AAO in helping to celebrate Brian's success!

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