December 20, 2017

A Trailblazing Wildland Firefighter Provides Training for Women

wildland firefighter

Through our Keepers of the Outdoors series, we'll introduce you to people who protect and care for our wild places. Bequi Livingston is an old-school badass. She spent her career fighting fires alongside the most respected crews in the West. Today, she's dedicated to training more women in backcountry firefighting. She began working with the […]

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December 19, 2017

Keepers of the Outdoors: Madly in Love With the Maah Daah Hey

Through our Keepers of the Outdoors series, we'll introduce you to people who protect and care for our wild places. Have you ever loved something so much that you would walk 200 miles for it? Through heavy brush? With a push mower? Nick Ybarra has. "It was here that the romance of my life began." […]

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December 14, 2017

Backpacking Meals: A Gourmet Holiday Outside

Dehydrated

A real chef cooks one, and you can too!   I’m looking for a different kind of holiday this year. An escape from cityscapes. A way to reconnect with my wild roots. A chance to avoid any more holiday jingles. Although while off backpacking I might be missing out on some of the traditional festivities, […]

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December 14, 2017

High School Mountain Bike Racing Is About Much More Than Who Finishes First

In the Colorado High School Cycling League, kids discover a thousand different reasons to love riding. When I ask my son, Hatcher, what his favorite thing about his inaugural season on the Boulder High School mountain bike team was, he says, “The rice cake.” “The rice cake?” “Yes, the rice cake.” Then he describes it. […]

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December 12, 2017

3 Warm Drinks To Get You Through Winter

Mexican Hot Chocolate Final

One of the best ways to brave the deep chill of winter is with a warm cozy drink in hand. Whether you enjoy them at home or on the go, nearly every occasion can be enhanced with a nice warm beverage. To give you a little inspiration, we’ve put together three of our favorite warm […]

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December 12, 2017

You’re Just Scared of a Little Competish.

By Caitlin Makary “You’re just scared of a little competish” – Gob Bluth, …
December 11, 2017

What Does it Mean if a Jacket is Water Resistant?

Rain jacket in the rain

With storm season in full bluster, the need for dependable raingear develops a greater sense of urgency. If you’re shopping for a new rain jacket, you’ll quickly encounter a trio of seemingly interchangeable terms: water resistant, waterproof and water repellent. Is there really a difference between them? Spoiler alert: “Waterproof” beats “water resistant” and “waterproof/breathable” […]

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December 5, 2017

How to Gear Up and Get Your Kids Started Camping and Backpacking

Nate and Alex hike along Gunsight Pass Trail in Glacier National Park

As we hiked uphill toward Gunsight Pass in Glacier National Park, on a three-day family backpacking trip, a couple in their 50s stopped to talk with us. They smiled at our 9-year-old son, Nate, and 7-year-old daughter, Alex, and said, “We’re impressed! We never had any luck trying to get our kids to backpack when […]

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December 5, 2017

Op-Ed: Why Now—More than Ever—We Must Live by Leave No Trace

In a time when more and more people are embracing outdoor recreation, here's how to combat the destruction of the wild places we love. Last year, for the centennial of the National Park Service, park visits were up by over 25 million across the nation. Yosemite traffic increased by 21 percent year over year—up almost […]

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