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GreatOutdoors.com staff members spend as much time in the out of doors as possible, so they take their outdoor equipment seriously. Here are a few favorite pieces of gear that served us well this year, from the Chilkoot Pass in Alaska and the Beartooths of Montana to the Haute Route in the Alps.
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