outdoor sports

July 16, 2018

Best-Selling Outdoor Gear in 2018 (so far)

We’re pretty obsessed with gear—and have been for the past 80 years. And if you’re here, that means you’re also probably pretty obsessed. We are constantly choosing, testing, reviewing and re-choosing gear, and a lot of it has to do with what resonates well with you, our customers. So we’re bringing you the top purchased […]

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July 13, 2018

Family Hiking Tips

Assess your situation ahead of time to make your hike enjoyable for the whole family.

A couple of years ago my 3-year-old son and I had one of those especially difficult days getting on trail. We were visiting Arches National Park and the challenge started in the parking lot of Delicate Arch. I wanted to carry Mason in a soft-structured carrier, but he just wasn’t having it. He insisted on […]

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July 13, 2018

North Carolina’s Ginseng Lottery Has Begun

Ginseng

A common ingredient in your favorite energy drink grows wild in the mountains of North Carolina, and it’s worth so much, you have to win a lottery in order to harvest it legally. Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests have opened their annual lottery for permits to harvest wild American ginseng. People use ginseng for a […]

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July 13, 2018

There’s No Such Thing As a Perfect Hike

Denali

My friend Aaron and I spent parts of two days tromping in and around Denali National Park in early May. The mountains were spectacular, the moose were enormous and the snowy owl that flew across my line of vision was a delightful surprise. Even the ptarmigan that sat on the side of the road looking […]

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July 12, 2018

One Woman’s Story on Becoming an Adaptive Athlete

It wasn’t Lindsey Runkel’s first fall. There had been the fractured hand riding singletrack around Arizona. Then there was the broken collarbone at Phoenix’s South Mountain and the excruciating 5-mile hike out, bike in tow. But this one felt different. More specifically, it felt like—nothing. After tumbling through the landing of a 15-foot drop at […]

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July 12, 2018

Summer 2018 Customer Favorites

Here at the co-op, we test tons of products. Small to large, complicated to simple, we’ve tried them out and brought you reviews of the best of the best. However, sometimes it’s even better to hear from the people who buy the products. Especially when those people are SO EXCITED to share their feedback. Sit […]

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July 12, 2018

Mini-Episode: Dying Slowly

When you’re alive and vibrant and healthy enough to choose to go climbing, …
July 9, 2018

The Best Hiking Socks of 2018

Hiker putting on hiking socks

If you’ve ever worn cotton socks on the trail, you know how bad things can get for your feet: Cotton socks hold moisture next to your skin, which can cause chafing and blisters galore. That’s why you need at least a few pairs of moisture-wicking wool or synthetic hiking socks in your pack. To bring […]

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July 6, 2018

Vermont Plans the East Coast’s First Purpose-Built, Hut-Supported Mountain Bike Route

Just outside Matt Baatz’s house in Pittsfield, Vermont, a 25-mile network of mountain bike trails climbs about 1,000 vertical feet. Baatz is the trail manager for Green Mountain Trails (GMT), a community group that built the mix of flowy singletrack and narrow, rugged routes. And he rides them daily—unless he drives either way along Vermont's […]

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