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February 12, 2020

Big Bend National Park Hiking Guide

Overlooking a very green landscape during the daytime.

True to Texas style, Big Bend National Park is massive. The 800,000-acre park, located along the U.S.-Mexico border, is larger than the state of Rhode Island by some 23,000 acres. And its size is matched by its geographic diversity, which spans from the banks of the Rio Grande across the sprawling Chihuahuan Desert to the […]

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February 12, 2020

Big Bend National Park Hiking Guide

Overlooking a very green landscape during the daytime.

True to Texas style, Big Bend National Park is massive. The 800,000-acre park, located along the U.S.-Mexico border, is larger than the state of Rhode Island by some 23,000 acres. And its size is matched by its geographic diversity, which spans from the banks of the Rio Grande across the sprawling Chihuahuan Desert to the […]

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February 11, 2020

Winter Is The Perfect Training Season for Mountain Biking

The mercury has dropped precipitously, the days are painfully short and the trails are buried beneath a thick blanket of snow. But that’s no excuse to hibernate indoors and let your bike skills wither away while pining for warmer weather and dusty trails. With spring and the mountain biking season just around the corner, winter […]

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February 10, 2020

Backpacking Recipe: Vegan Tortilla Soup

Vegan tortilla soup in backpacking bowl

A hearty soup with crunchy tortilla toppings, this dehydrated tortilla soup is a great vegan option for backpacking. Loaded with lots of different layers of flavors, this recipe will really put your dehydrator to work. We start off by dehydrating black beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, a small onion, roasted corn, jalapenos, and fresh cilantro. You can’t […]

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February 6, 2020

Good Gear: The World’s Warmest Trash

Gotland wool

For seven years, Hans Bulthuis and Jenny Andersson hoarded wool. They packed the shiny grey ringlets in every corner and crevice of their barn, located on Gotland off Sweden’s east coast. The island’s wool was considered waste, and the couple simply suspected the fibers deserved a better fate than the incinerator. In 2017, someone appeared […]

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February 2, 2020

Mini-Episode 9: How The F*ck Are You? (No, really.)

We’ll be back on April 1st with two new full episodes. Until then, …
January 31, 2020

Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley Receives Gold-Level Recognition for Mountain Biking

Two people mountain biking along a trail in Colorado.

After years of work, sweat and trail testing, Colorado finally struck gold in the mountain-biking world.  The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) announced the designation of Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley as a Gold-Level Ride Center™ on Wednesday, making the valley only the seventh region in the world (and the fifth in the U.S.) to earn […]

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January 29, 2020

Top Hikes in France

THe rugged mountain peaks of the French Alps.

France's varied and beautiful terrain makes it hard to pick only a handful of hikes to highlight. From the sun-soaked French Riviera and the rugged French Alps to the rolling hills and meadows of the central provinces and the sheer, white-chalk cliffs of Normandy, the opportunity for exploration is practically endless. Add the country's history, […]

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January 29, 2020

Ellen Stekert: Trailblazer

Co-op Member Ellen Stekert

One summer in the 1960s, Ellen Stekert planned a backpacking trip with a friend. Then an English professor in her 30s working in Detroit, she had little backcountry experience, but she sought to hike the entire 40 miles of the Greenstone Ridge, which traverses Michigan’s Isle Royale from end to end. And she needed gear. […]

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