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Mary Witlacil
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 Softshell Jackets for Women of 2022

Best Softshell Jackets for Women of 2022

It can be challenging to find the best softshell because there are so many types and styles. Our reviewers have spent 8 years wearing over 45 of the best models and in this update, we...
How to Choose a Softshell Jacket for Women

How to Choose a Softshell Jacket for Women

Softshell jackets are fantastic mediators, striking a brilliant balance between breathability and protection from the elements. If you are drawn to aerobic activities out in cold...
Arc'teryx Proton FL Hoody - Women's
Top Pick

Arc'teryx Proton FL Hoody - Women's

You may think it's inconceivable to have warmth and breathability all in one jacket, but this hybrid shows it's not only possible, it's award-worthy! Plush and stretchy with great movement...
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.
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.
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 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...
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