October 25, 2018

Kate Courtney’s Path to World Cup Victory

Kate Courtney says she just has a particularly high level of grit. That may be true, but it takes more than grit to top the podium. She won the women’s UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Switzerland this fall. She ran away with the race in the last lap, only the fourth American woman to […]

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October 22, 2018

Can Hiking Help Heal Veterans with PTSD? Researchers Seek to Find Out

Climbers summiting Mount Rainier

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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October 22, 2018

How Ada Hatch Helped Change the Field of Archaeology for Women

A side canyon of Lake Powell.

“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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October 22, 2018

Not Too Dry, Not Too Muddy, the Trails Are Just Right

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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October 18, 2018

Summiting at 17,000 Feet: My Climb of Kilimanjaro with Outdoor Afro

Day 3 of the expedition revealed a view of Uhuru Peak among the clouds.

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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October 18, 2018

Aspen’s 30-Year-Old Cycling Club is a Community Hub

  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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October 17, 2018

2018’s Best Gaiters for Hiking, Snowshoeing & Mountaineering

People at the top of a snowy ridge in gaiters

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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October 17, 2018

10 Top Mountain Bike Rides Near Moab

Two mountain bikers enjoy the trails of Moab

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 […]

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October 12, 2018

New Ruffwear Jackets Get Two Paws Up

I am River. I have many important jobs. I’m the one who keeps the floors spotless, alerts my family if any intruders get too close to our house and makes sure my human gets enough exercise. I was also recently tasked with testing out two new jackets with my friend, Arrow. If I’m honest, the […]

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