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Trailspace.com publishes independent outdoor gear reviews. Our members have shared more than 26,000 reviews (and counting) of backpacking, climbing, skiing, running, and paddling equipment, apparel, and footwear. Gear that has collectively explored every continent on Earth.

From sleeping bags and summit packs to climbing harnesses and canoe paddles, dependable gear is essential to the outdoor experience. But, while good outdoor gear helps get us out there and back safely, it’s not the reason we head out.

We go for the feel of our skis in fresh powder, the stroke of a paddle through an alpine lake, the rocky trail beneath our boots. We go for the mountains, lakes, rivers, trails, and crags we each explore. Because we need these places to explore, Trailspace is a member of 1% for the Planet.

As a backcountry community that encourages people to gear up, get out there, and explore our world, Trailspace is responsible for being a good steward of and advocate for the outdoors—whether it’s a local trail or a far-flung peak or river.

Since Trailspace joined 1% for the Planet in 2006, we annually have supported nonprofits important to fellow hikers, climbers, paddlers, skiers, and other human-powered backcountry enthusiasts.

Our current partners include the Access Fund, American Alpine Club, American Hiking Society, American Rivers, Leave No Trace, Winter Wildlands Alliance, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Pacific Crest Trail Association, and our own local land trust here in central Maine, the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance.

Trailspace’s mission is to be the most comprehensive, accurate, and helpful community for finding and sharing facts and opinions about gear for human-powered, backcountry recreation. Ultimately, that includes a responsibility to protect those special places we explore.

One percent is a small price to pay, not simply for our personal recreational use, enjoyment, and adventure, but also to preserve the essential value of our planet’s land and water, its mountains and crags, its forests and rivers. While we talk about the gear at Trailspace, the true meaning is found outdoors.

This post was written by Alicia MacLeay (pictured above), the editor and co-founder of Trailspace.com.

 

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