One fall day on Washington’s Mount Rainier, Josh Brandon and a group of fellow active duty platoon leaders discovered something about the outdoors that could improve the lives of veterans. It was September 2009 and the group had decided to make a late-season summit attempt of Washington’s highest peak as part of a team-building exercise. […]
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“They said if we didn’t succeed they would never hire women again.” Ada Hatch’s smile reflects the brilliance of her yellow sundress when she says this. But it’s not a sugary smile; it’s a grin full of spunk and vigor, one that hints at true adventure and wisdom. Now 76 years old, Ada spent the […]
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In the middle of summer in the high desert of Nevada and on the alpine slopes of California’s Sierra Nevada, the trails were so dusty I was breathing in dirt. Some sections of the trail had deteriorated so badly it felt like I was riding my bike through sand on a beach. One day, I […]
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A perfect grab-and-go treat, these French Toast sticks are a great kid-friendly breakfast idea to try out on your next family camping trip. If you have active kids, you know how difficult it can be sometimes to get them to sit down at the table for breakfast. Now try doing that with all the extra […]
We all have dreams, aspirations—a bucket list. Before signing up to climb Kilimanjaro, I had been interested in mountaineering for a few years. Then, at the 2016 Outdoor Afro Leadership Training, I learned that I could apply for the opportunity of a lifetime—the chance to climb Kilimanjaro with Outdoor Afro. Little did I know I […]
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For many cyclists in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley, Wednesday night is race night. That’s when riders of all levels—from professionals like Tour de France overall contender Tejay van Garderen to 82-year-old Jacques “Frenchie” Houot or mother-of-three Rachel Beck—take to the dirt trails and paved roads near Aspen to put their skills and endurance to […]
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Gaiters cover the tops of your boots to keep snow, water, dirt, sand and other debris away from your feet. If you’re headed out for a hike or run on dusty trails with loose debris, a pair of low gaiters can make for a more comfortable experience. Conversely, you should buy knee-high gaiters that are […]
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Offering views of snowcapped peaks and sun-burnt canyons on flowing technical singletrack that weaves through otherworldly rock formations, Moab is a mountain biking paradise. The area is an excellent option for nearly year-round riding, with prime weather and trail conditions in the spring and fall. Even in the heat of the summer, riders can retreat […]