A former park ranger’s favorite gifts for your outdoorsy friend

REI Co-op Midweight Merino Wool Hiking Crew Socks

One bright summer morning four years ago, two park rangers set off hiking up a dormant Alaskan volcano.  But like a light switch, the weather changed. Vicious winds brought frigid, sideways rain. It didn’t relent. Usually dry ditches transformed into swiftly flowing creeks, and the rivers grew higher.  The rangers found rocky shelter to wait out the storm, but one foolish ranger — ill-equipped with cotton socks that day — experienced both an immeasurably miserable and nearly-harmful journey back to

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