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Mary Witlacil

Mary Witlacil

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Upon earning her BA in Political Science, Mary traded in books and city-living for a trad-rack and the mountains – backpacking and riding bikes all over Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and even France. Whether climbing cracks in the desert, hiking into the backcountry for alpine rock and ice climbing missions, or commuting by bicycle – this gal is on the go. Mary has over fifteen years of experience in the outdoor industry, from wrenching on bicycles and selling climbing gear, to working as an outdoor educator. After using and abusing enough gear for a lifetime, she decided to juggle her outdoor pursuits with bigger academic goals: recently finishing her MA in Politics and International Affairs from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ, before beginning a PhD in Environmental Politics and Policy from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. When she isn’t nose deep in books, you’ll find her fist-deep in granite cracks, or frolicking in the mountains.

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Best Trekking Poles of 2022

Best Trekking Poles of 2022

Looking for the best trekking poles for your next hike or backpacking trip? Whether you're concerned with comfort, adjustability, weight or just the greatest value, we're here to help with...
Best Hiking Shoes for Women of 2022

Best Hiking Shoes for Women of 2022

We're here to help you sort through the options for the best women's hiking shoes. We tested the market's leading pairs, then picked the 13 leaders for thorough side-by-side testing.
Merrell Moab 2 WP - Women's
Best Buy

Merrell Moab 2 WP - Women's

A high-performing hiking shoe that won't let you down. It's not the most comfortable, but it has excellent traction. And it is cheaper than most of the competition.
Best Messenger Bag of 2022

Best Messenger Bag of 2022

Whether you need a bag for your commute or for your job, we've taken the top 8 models and tested them in as many practical scenarios as possible.
Best Camping Stoves of 2022

Best Camping Stoves of 2022

Love to cook? Searching for the best camping stove for you and your crew? Then, you've come to the right place. We tested 15 of the most popular camping stoves available, putting them...
Camp Chef Mountaineer 2X
Top Pick

Camp Chef Mountaineer 2X

A top shelf stove at a top shelf price. It is fuel efficient but powerful, large and weighty, but built to last. It simmers well, effectively resists wind, and has all the features you...
Camp Chef Outdoorsman
Top Pick

Camp Chef Outdoorsman

A powerful freestanding stove that performs surprisingly well in the wind and simmers like a champ. While difficult to carry and rather large...
Best Backpacking Stoves of 2022

Best Backpacking Stoves of 2022

We've been testing the best backpacking stoves for over a decade, and this current review has our 20 favorites. We purchased each stove for rigorous and thorough testing, spending more...
Kovea Slim Twin
Top Pick

Kovea Slim Twin

This compact stove provides excellent wind resistance at an affordable price. The design is especially compact, and it simmers like a champ.
How To Choose a Backpacking Stove

How To Choose a Backpacking Stove

Buying the right backpacking stove can make your life in the backcountry more enjoyable. But not all stoves were made with the same adventurer in mind -- many specialize
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