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Everybody outside. In the Tough Mother Outdoor Guide, we promise to keep things simple and deliver reliable, no-nonsense advice and heartfelt articles on how to enjoy the outdoors. See you out there.
From back-to-school bags to travel packs, these are Columbia Sportswear’s best kids backpacks.
Gear
The 5 Best Kids Backpacks

From back-to-school bags to travel packs, these are Columbia Sportswear’s best kids backpacks.

Whether you’re kayaking, rafting, fishing, or paddleboarding, check out Columbia Sportwear's guide on what to pack for a day on the river.
Gear
What to Wear on Your Next River Adventure

Whether you’re kayaking, rafting, fishing, or paddleboarding, check out Columbia Sportwear's guide on what to pack for a day on the river.

From sturdy lace-ups to casual slip-ons, let us help you find the best shoes for fishing and boating.
Fishing
The Best Fishing Shoes

From sturdy lace-ups to casual slip-ons, let us help you find the best shoes for fishing and boating.

Whether you’re a beginner hiker or a trail expert, here’s a packing checklist for your next day hike.
Hiking
What to Wear Hiking: 10 Essentials to Pack

Whether you’re a beginner hiker or a trail expert, here’s a packing checklist for your next day hike.

From sun-protective clothing to hydration, discover our tips on how to beat the heat on your next trail run.
Trail Running
How to Stay Cool While Running

From sun-protective clothing to hydration, discover our tips on how to beat the heat on your next trail run.

Help your kids discover the joys of the outdoors with Columbia Sportswear’s 6 tips to Getting Your Kids Outside.
Outdoor Life
How to Get Your Kids Outside

Help your kids discover the joys of the outdoors with Columbia Sportswear’s 6 tips to Getting Your Kids Outside.

Check out Columbia Sportswear’s list of clever DIY camping tips and tricks that will help you dial in your wilderness experience.
Outdoor Life
The 22 Best Camping Hacks

Check out Columbia Sportswear’s list of clever DIY camping tips and tricks that will help you dial in your wilderness experience.

Searching for the perfect gift for an outdoorsy dad? Columbia Sportswear is here to help with our gift guide for outdoorsy dads.
Gear
The Best Gifts for Outdoorsy Dads

Searching for the perfect gift for an outdoorsy dad? Columbia Sportswear is here to help with our gift guide for outdoorsy dads.

From shirts, shorts, and baselayers to sandals, dresses, and puffy jackets, here’s everything you need this summer to camp in style.
Gear
The Best Summer Camping Outfits

From shirts, shorts, and baselayers to sandals, dresses, and puffy jackets, here’s everything you need this summer to camp in style.

From hiking in Patagonia to sailing the Atlantic coast, here are the stories of five adventurers and what the outdoors means to them.
Outdoor Life
Why These Five LGBTQIA+ Adventurers Go Outside

From hiking in Patagonia to sailing the Atlantic coast, here are the stories of five adventurers and what the outdoors means to them.

Columbia’s is known for making high quality PFG fishing shirts. Discover our favorites and learn why anglers around the world love our PFG fishing shirts.
Fishing
The All-Time Best Columbia PFG Fishing Shirts

Columbia’s is known for making high quality PFG fishing shirts. Discover our favorites and learn why anglers around the world love our PFG fishing shirts.

Love the outdoors, but hate the chore of applying sunscreen all day? Learn more about recent study by OHSU on the effectiveness of UPF clothing.
Gear
Why Scientists Say UPF Clothing is Better Than Sunscreen

Love the outdoors, but hate the chore of applying sunscreen all day? Learn more about recent study by OHSU on the effectiveness of UPF clothing.

Ever wonder why some hikers carry poles on the trails? Learn more about the benefits of using hiking pole on your next adventure.
Hiking
The Benefits of Hiking Poles: Do You Really Need Them?

Ever wonder why some hikers carry poles on the trails? Learn more about the benefits of using hiking pole on your next adventure.

Discover how an Oregon Therapist is helping men deal with depression, anxiety, and other mental health struggles by teaching them to fish.
Fishing
How Fishing is Helping Men Navigate Mental Health Struggles

Discover how an Oregon Therapist is helping men deal with depression, anxiety, and other mental health struggles by teaching them to fish.