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March 31, 2020

Easy DIY Home Bike Maintenance: How to Clean Your Drivetrain

A close up image of the drivetrain on a road bike

Looking for new ways to spend time while responsibly sheltering at home? This productive task has the added benefit of helping you prepare for your next fresh-air excursion. Plus, it helps keep important components of your bike—your chain, chainrings and cassette—in good working order. Here’s how.     Set up your bike and gather your […]

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March 25, 2020

How to Take Your Next Conference Call from Your “Tent”

Instead of taking your next conference call from your couch, why not do it under the stars with a thermos of coffee in hand, a snowy mountain range in the distance and a super strong (and totally unexplainable) Wi-Fi connection. Or maybe you’d prefer to dial in from a cozy cabin in the woods. That […]

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March 17, 2020

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Looking for ways to entice kids outside to take in some fresh air and burn off some surplus energy? An outdoor scavenger hunt is a timeless classic. Depending on the age of your kids and how many are participating, you can make it a friendly competition, or perhaps just come up with some rewards for […]

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February 29, 2020

My Experience on NOLS’ First-Ever Leaders of Color Backpacking Trip

Four women pose with heavy packs beneath a bright-blue sky

n day four of a recent New Mexico backpacking trip, my hiking boots heavy and wet, I paused to catch my breath on the banks of the Gila River and realized I was seeing something I’d never witnessed before: Nine people of color, carrying more than 400 pounds on their backs, crossing a river dozens […]

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February 14, 2020

At Home on the Appalachian Trail

Miss Janet poses in front of her van in an aqua shirt

For the past eight years, Janet Hensley has lived in a van from March to November, never straying more than a few minutes from the Appalachian Trail (AT). The 56-year-old trail volunteer spends most days shuttling hikers from trailheads to hostels, doling out trail magic—small but significant acts of service—among the thru-hiking community, tallying 40,000 […]

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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

Pioneering a New Way to Pay for Trail Building in Rural America

Two mountain bikers ride a trail in Athens, Ohio

Athens County in Southeastern Ohio could very well become Appalachia’s next mountain biking hub. At the heart of that potential lies the Baileys Mountain Bike Trail System, a proposed 88-mile network of singletrack that will weave through 9,000 acres of the Wayne National Forest. Few public roads bisect the Baileys tract, so for trail builders, […]

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January 22, 2020

These Plant-Based Meat Camp Recipes Taste Like the Real Deal

An adult and child smile while eating at a picnic table at camp.

Plant-based meat has slowly been making its way into the mainstream, thanks to successful efforts to engineer new products that taste like meat. It’s showing up in fast-food joints, Michelin-starred restaurants and even your local grocery store, which is where we step in. We wondered how we could bring the meatless trend into the outdoors […]

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January 10, 2020

How to Get Through the Thru-Hiking Off-Season

A woman raises her hiking poles triumphantly above her head

When you’re thru-hiking, your days are consumed by simple tasks.  “All you have to concern yourself with is: What am I going to eat today? Or where should I pitch my tent? Where is my water? And you walk,” says Michelle “SuperClassy” Markel, 47, an experienced thru-hiker who’s tackled the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), Appalachian […]

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