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AT THE TOP of the slope, the snow gave way to a ridge of barren rock. There was no way around it: To complete our backcountry ski tour in Montana’s Bitterroot Mountains, we were going to have to carry our skis. The group’s two experts set to work, bu
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Live Large
REI Co-op Kingdom 6 With no weight limit, there’s no reason to squeeze into a cramped shelter. The Kingdom 6 offers a ton of roam-around room, thanks to double doors, vertical walls, and an 83-square-foot floor that fits six standard-width sleeping p