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Hiking the Colorado Trail

David Fanning

Last summer, David Fanning thru-hiked the nearly 500-mile Colorado Trail. The hike took him from Denver over multiple mountain ranges, through wildflowers, past high country lakes and all the way to Durango. David will be sharing his experience at the Sierra Trading Post retail stores in Fort Collins, Colo. (March 14, 2015) and Cheyenne, Wyo. (March 21, 2015). Leading up […]

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Hiking Quiz: Are You Prepared?

Trail Quiz

Hiking is a fun and rewarding experience but there are many risks involved with this activity. How prepared are you for your next hike? Take our hiking quiz and see how much you know about hiking safety.     How did you do? Tell us how many you got right in the comments below. If you got six or more […]

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Lowe Alpine Brand Spotlight and Giveaway

Lowe Alpine Logo

Backcountry expeditions are only as good as your gear, that’s why Lowe Alpine weaves the demands of the outdoors into every product they design. If your ideal vacation is a multi-day backpacking trip with technical alpine ascents, Lowe Alpine clothing and backpacks suit your high-performance needs. Check out some of our favorites from Lowe Alpine then enter the gear giveaway […]

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4 Things Snowboarding Has Taught Me About Life


Ripping down perfectly molded corduroy, tracking out powder stashes in the trees or hitting the half pipe, snowboarding is just so much fun. It’s not surprising that some of my greatest moments have been on the slopes. Here are a few of the things I’ve learned about life from snowboarding. 4 Things Snowboarding Has Taught Me About Life 1. If […]

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Quick Tips For Protecting Your Car From Muddy Dogs

Muddy Dogs

I absolutely love heading to the mountains for a hike with my dogs. When we are on the trail, I feel free and like I don’t have a care in the world. That is, until I get back to my car. Where I live (in the Pacific Northwest), there is some kind of water on the trails year round. Water […]

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5 Things To Do In Yellowstone: A Local’s Guide

Guide to Yellowstone National Park

When people start planning a trip to Yellowstone, they’re often focused on the big attractions that get the most publicity and attention. However, there’s so much more to the Park than Old Faithful. As we head into spring break, I’ve chosen a few of my favorite places that are particularly in the Mammoth Hot Springs area or within reasonable driving […]

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Running Jargon: How to Sound Smart Around Runners

racing jargon

While it might be snowy and cold outside “race season” will be here soon. Whether you’re new to running or a seasoned veteran one thing will always be true – the world of running is full of fancy jargon, seemingly senseless acronyms and odd phrases. And let’s face it – everyone wants to sound smart when chatting up another runner! […]

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Can You Guess the Name of This Mystery Trail?

An age old trail

There are a many well-known long distance trails such as the Appalachian Trail, The Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. But backpackers, thru-hikers and ultra runners may know this slightly lesser-known long distance trail. Check out the photos and the clues below and see if you know the name of this mystery trail. Mystery Trail This National Scenic […]

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Columbia Sportswear Gear Giveaway!

Columbia Giveaway

Quality gear will keep you warm from head to toe and it’ll stand up to extended use and abuse. One brand known for warm jackets, technologically designed base layers and quick drying shoes, among other things, is Columbia Sportswear. Keep reading to learn more about Columbia Sportswear then enter our giveaway at the bottom of this post. Columbia Sportswear was […]

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5 Reasons to Visit Orange County, CA (Disney Not Included)

Orange County Vacation

Orange County sits between Los Angeles and San Diego counties and is the smallest county, land mass, in California. Orange County may be slight size wise, but it offers wide-ranging outdoor activities. Amusement parks are only a tiny piece of what the OC has to offer. With fair weather all year Southern California is an ideal utopia for those of […]

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