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May 24, 2019

The Best Fitness Trackers for Athletes

A woman pausing during a trail run

Activity trackers help you gather data about your movement throughout the day, thereby pushing you to reach your fitness goals and holding you accountable. Most fitness trackers on the market give you information about your heart rate, mileage, steps, elevation, length of workout and exertion level. Some provide you with reminders to get up and […]

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May 24, 2019

This Initiative Is Helping to Offset Overuse on Colorado’s Highest Peaks

Hikers stand along the top of a ridgeline, looking and pointing every which way under a bright-blue sky.

Like many Coloradans, Ben Hanus was on a mission to bag some fourteeners. Unlike many Coloradans, his incentive to summit the 14,000-foot peaks wasn’t personal; it was about preservation. From 2011 to 2013, Hanus served as the sustainable trails coordinator for the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI), a role that led him up 42 of the […]

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May 24, 2019

Campworthy: Pie Iron Breakfast Tacos

Cooking pie iron breakfast taco

Recipe: Pie Iron Breakfast Tacos Submitted by: Amy Hometown: Castle Rock, WA What do you love about this recipe? I love this recipe for three reasons: Breakfast is my favorite food group, everything tastes better toasted, and a pie iron is not only small enough to haul around when you’re car camping, but it also […]

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May 23, 2019

Top 10 Hikes in Washington State

Mt. Rainier above Reflection Lake at sunrise.

With thousands of miles of trails spread across the state, Washington is well-known as an outdoor recreation hub in the Pacific Northwest. While the summer tends to be the busiest season with the best chance for sunny skies, hikers prepared for a little wet weather can also enjoy hiking in the spring or autumn. If […]

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May 22, 2019

These Female Athletes Have a Direct Line to Cannondale Women’s Bike Development

When Shannon Gibson recruited athletes to join the women’s mountain bike team she was creating in 2010, she knew what she was looking for. “I wanted to pick women who would support each other,” said Gibson. “I wanted people who could race and win and be kind about it.” At the time, Gibson was a […]

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May 21, 2019

How to Make Hiking Fun with Kids

A child rides on her parent's shoulder during a hike.

Going on a family hike is a great way to encourage kids to be active and connect with nature. But sometimes the reality isn’t Instagram-ready. Parents and caregivers, we’ve been there. There’s occasional whining, and getting through a hike may take a little bribery and a whole lot of cajoling. It doesn’t always have to […]

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May 21, 2019

Campworthy: Packing Tips & Tricks

Campworthy hosts are packed for a long weekend

Campworthy hosts Takiyah and Caela are taking a break from cooking to share their list of must-haves when packing for a multi-day camping trip. Declaredly "not light packers," they brighten up their campsite with items that range from vintage to new and strike a balance between form and function. Packing List Cooler (light and portable) […]

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May 21, 2019

Unfinished Business on the TransVirginia Bike Route

Huddling beneath an overpass, sopping wet from the rain and freezing, a thought crosses my mind that day one of the TransVirginia Bike Route—a 550-mile, mostly gravel bikepacking route from Washington, D.C., to Damascus, Virginia—is perhaps a little harder than I was expecting. The first 63 miles are mostly flat, I’d assured my companions. The […]

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May 20, 2019

Hellbender Denied Listing as Endangered Species, but Still in Peril

Natural habitat for the hellbender salamander: The cold mountain streams in the Appalachian Range.

The eastern hellbender is not a cute animal. It’s typically a shade of dull brown, with small eyes and folds of loose skin running down the sides of its body. Sometimes it has patches or spots along its slimy back. And while most salamanders top out at several inches long, the eastern hellbender can grow […]

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