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November 11, 2020

Yes, There Are Still Bison in America. Here’s Where to See Them.

First light on frosty bison near Soda Butte Creek

For millennia, tens of millions of bison, also called buffalo, roamed the North American continent, critical to the Great Plains ecosystem and to the cultural and spiritual lives of Native Americans. But not long after white settlers arrived, bison hunters overexploited the bison population for meat, hides and other products. By the end of the […]

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October 22, 2020

How to Meditate Outdoors

sky and trees with fall colors

Imagine that you’re hiking your favorite trail. What color is the sky above you? How does the dirt feel beneath your boots? What do you smell? What do you hear? Chances are, even thinking about that scene makes you feel more relaxed. Spending time outdoors has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression, boost happiness and spark […]

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July 31, 2020

How to Ride Your Bike Like a Kid Again

11-year-old on a bike going over a ramp

My manual needs work. Watch a biker who can perform a good manual, where the front wheel of the bike stays off the ground in a perpetual wheelie, and it’s a thing of beauty—like that biker is toying with the natural laws of gravity. When I attempt this trick, it’s short-lived, a few seconds on […]

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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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