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Sydney Otto
Jun 2020

We’ve all been spending an unusual amount of time cooped up at home over the past few weeks. If your dad has been pining for some open spaces, mountains, rivers and big sky, here are a few Father’s Day gifts that will help him enjoy some of those outdoor adventures, along with some suggestions as to where he should go try out his new gear.

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Pendleton National Park Blankets

For about a century, Pendleton has been honoring the country’s national parks through blankets and quilts designed in a color scheme tied to each park’s stunning landscapes. This 100-percent wool Grand Canyon–themed blanket is perfect for snuggling up while camping in the park, and the purchase does some good for the park itself – part of the proceeds from each sale go to National Park Preservation projects.
From $269, pendleton-usa.com

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Therm-a-Rest Slacker Single Hammock

Let your dad “slack off” between two trees. This ripstop polyester hammock is made right in Seattle and can be strung up anywhere (we suggest the Narrows Swimming Hole, about an hour southeast of Portland) by using the handy carabiners at each end, and the available suspender straps. This lightweight hammock also includes a pouch for books or tablets for easy packing.
From $52, thermarest.com

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Earth-In-USA-Four Corners Ceramic Earth-In Canteen

Your dad can visit the Four Corners Monument in Navajo Nation while staying hydrated with his Four Corners Ceramic Earth-in Canteen. The water bottle is handmade in California from durable, high-fire American clay, a sustainable alternative to plastic, and comes with a cork top. Each one is designed with four flat sides and four rounded corners, making it cup-holder compatible and easy to handle.
From $36, earthinusa.com

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Tarptent Double Rainbow Two Person Tent

The Double Rainbow two-person tent from Tarptent – based in Nevada City, California, about an hour northeast of Sacramento – uses an aerodynamic shape to shed wind and rain, is easy to set up and take down, and has an extra-wide vestibule area to keep gear dry. It also features flaps you can stake out to form a “front porch” for rain protection or shade, depending on the weather. A fitting place to try it out: camping near Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring, the most photographed thermal feature in the park, where the hot spring’s yellow, orange and green rings come from various species of bacteria that thrive in different water temperatures.
From $299, tarptent.com

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Flowfold Uhuru 25 L Hiking Pack

If your dad gets lost hiking through The Maze in Utah’s Canyonlands, don’t fret: he’ll be able to fit plenty of survival gear in a Flowfold hiking pack. This minimalist pack has just the right amount of bells and whistles — the bright interior makes finding things easy, the weather-resistant fabric, waterproof zippers and roll-top keep your gear safe, and the interior and exterior compartments are compatible with a hydration bladder in addition to two full Nalgenes. Plus, the American-made pack is tested on the trail to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to ensure it’s weathertight, protecting your gear from snow, wind and rain.
From $250, flowfold.com

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L.L.Bean Original Bean Boots

For over 100 years L.L. Bean has been making their classic waterproof boots in Brunswick, just north of Portland, Maine. Where better to put some brand new Bean Boots to the test than their home state? Stroll Acadia National Park’s popular Ocean Path along the Atlantic, where dad can break them in without getting his feet wet.
From $149, llbean.com

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Old Town Discovery 169 Canoe

The Northern Forest Canoe trail from New York’s Adirondacks to Maine’s Fort Kent is on every canoer’s bucket list. One of the best ways to traverse this 740-mile route is in one of Old Town’s American-made canoes. The Discovery 169 is the longest canoe in Old Town’s Discovery series and is designed to haul loads of gear long distances. It’s got three-layer polyethylene construction for a tough hull, and it’s broad and stable enough to be dog- and family-friendly.
From $1,199, oldtowncanoe.com

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