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! Which is exactly why I’m writing this post for you! Training Jargon Speed Work – This type of workout focuses on making you faster and includes a wide range of workouts. Some are outlined below, but don’t let that limit […]

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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 Trail stretches 1,200 miles east to west but it crosses no state borders, the trail is located entirely within one state. The trail is administered by the National Park Service but the trail passes through many local parks, state parks, […]

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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 established in 1938 as a hat company. Columbia’s jackets were some of the first in the industry to feature waterproof breathable fabric, and this phenomenal brand continues to be at the forefront of breakthrough technology and performance today. Check out […]

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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 us who like to play outside and Orange County has many options. With beaches, canyons, and wilderness areas there are outdoor opportunities for everyone. With more than forty miles of coastline, it offers plenty of space for water sports. Moreover, […]

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How to Call in Sick for a Ski Day

ski on a sick day

Finally some measurable amounts of snow are falling on the resorts but you’re running low on vacation days. It’d be nice to just call in sick and ski some powder but you’ve got to be super careful, there’s so many ways to get busted for that. Don’t worry, we’ve got the perfect plan for your *cough* ski/sick day. Step 1: Watch the forecast- You’ve got to know when the big storms are coming to lay some ground work. The day before, you should start coughing uncontrollably at work. Maybe at the water cooler ask some people if they’ve heard about […]

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Beginner 5 Minute Ab Workout

5 Minute Abs

One of the most common excuses to not workout is lack of time. What if I told you, you could get a great core workout in 5 minutes? If it sounds too good to be true, you’re sorely mistaken. Here’s what the beginner 5 minute ab workout looks like— Plank (1 minute) This is a great warm-up to engage all the muscles in your core. If you’re not accustomed to planking and feel like you’re losing your posture (butt going up in the air or back starts sagging) drop to your knees. Scissor Kick (30 seconds) Roll over on your […]

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S’moreos: A Twist on the Campfire Classic


There’s no campfire snack quite like the classic s’mores recipe. Most people’s memory of camping or sitting around a campfire involves roasting marshmallows and squishing them between two graham crackers with some chocolate. Brace yourself because you may never think of s’mores the same again after you see this s’moreo recipe. S’moreo Recipe This delicious take on the classic s’more is as easy as you see above. Simply open up an Oreo and add a roasted marshmallow, some peanut butter and/or Nutella. I personally suggest you go for both Nutella and peanut butter – it’s delicious. Want to see this […]

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How Well Do You Know the Appalachian Trail? Take the Quiz

Appalachian Trail Quiz

The Appalachian Trail is an iconic long distance trail attempted by many thru-hikers, section hikers and day hikers. While this year’s batch of thru-hikers ready themselves for this amazing journey, we challenge you to see just how well you know the Appalachian Trail. Take this Appalachian Trail quiz then tell us in the comments below how many you got right.       How did you do in our Appalachian Trail Quiz? Tell us how many you got right in the comments below. SHOP Backpacks Sleeping Bags Hiking Boots

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You Aren’t Making These 5 Layering Mistakes, Are You?

Layering Basics

Staying warm on winter adventures isn’t that difficult but you do have to know a few basic rules of layering. Whether you’re floating through some deep powder, climbing ice or snowshoeing through a wind storm, avoiding these layering mistakes can help keep you warm, dry and comfortable enough to keep going. 1. Too Many Layers- Believe it or not, the number one mistake outdoor adventures make is wearing too many layers. Sure, it’s cold when you arrive at the trailhead but once you get moving you’ll be producing a lot of heat. If you’re wearing too much you’ll likely start […]

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Helly Hansen Brand Spotlight and Giveaway!

Helly Hansen Logo

Layer up, there’s plenty of cold weather still ahead of us. You can be ready for the worst conditions with Helly Hansen waterproof breathable outerwear and technologically advanced base layers. Keep reading to learn more about this brand then enter our Helly Hansen gear giveaway at the bottom of this post. The founding father of waterproof clothing, sea captain Helly Juell Hansen hand-stitched his first oilskin jacket in 1877. After over 125 years, Helly Hansen clothing still withstands the toughest conditions. Don’t take my word for it, check out the nearly 600 reviews on our site. Top Products From Helly […]

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How to Leave No Trace While Winter Backpacking

Winter LNT

With a few more months of winter ahead for much of the country, many backpackers who haven’t ventured out since the fall might be getting the itch for a few good nights out on the trail, even if the temps are pretty chilly. To be full prepared for the winter trips, a little additional planning and preparation should take place to account for the colder temps and shorter days. One important piece of planning that also needs to be considered is how to adapt to the Leave No Trace Principles in winter. Since they take on a little different twist […]

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Why It’s Never Too Late to Start Downhill Skiing


As kids we’re fearless, learning as we make mistakes. The older we get, emotions like fear and doubt creep in, making it more difficult to learn new skills like language, playing an instrument, or taking on a new sport. Although I have decades of outdoor experience under my belt, I only recently (after a few rough starts) discovered the fun of downhill skiing. I’m excited to have overcome a weak spot in my outdoor skills, and to have also learned a few reasons why it’s never too late to pick up a new sport. Remember what it’s like to be […]

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Sierra Trading Post Dog Show

dog show

This week marks the start of the 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. It’s not unusual to see a dog in the halls of Sierra Trading Post’s headquarters in Cheyenne, Wyo. Beemer, the German Shorthair Pointer frequents the headquarters and the fulfillment center and other dogs, such as Angelyne The Amazing Deaf Cattle Dog are brought into the photo studio to model dog beds. Not all of our favorite dogs get to come to work so we thought we’d host our own Sierra Trading Post Dog Show here on the Sierra Social Hub. Abby is a 3-year old pure […]

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Work it Out: Eight Exercises for Stronger, More Stable Hiking

better hiking exercises

Feeling the burn earlier in your hike than you’d like? Having trouble staying balanced while rock hopping during stream crossings, despite having trekking poles handy? There are a variety of variables that play into how strong and stable we feel when we’re on the trail, but in general, the better shape you’re in, the faster, longer, and more comfortably you’ll be able to hike. Of course, the best training for any pursuit is sport-specific training. The more time you spend hiking and backpacking, the better prepared you’ll be for hiking and backpacking. But it never hurts to supplement your outdoor […]

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Sports Quiz: How Many of These Sports Can You Name?


Okay sports fans, you know a lot about baseball, basketball and football but how many of these other sports can you name? Take this quiz to see just how many of these sports you can name.   How did you do? Tell us your score in the comments below to tell everyone just how much you know about these sports.

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Timbuk2 Giveaway and Brand Spotlight

Timbik2 Giveaway

Created by San Francisco bike messenger Rob Honeycutt in 1989, the Timbuk2 bag is easily recognized by the rugged, stylish design. Timbuk2 messenger bags were initially made to order in Honeycutt’s basement before the company opened its first shop three years later. Perfect for commuting with a laptop or tablet, Timbuk2 bags are designed for easy travel. Whether you’re headed to school, work or across the country on a flight, Timbuk2 will keep everything organized and protected. Be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post for a chance to win a Timbuk2 Messenger Bag or other […]

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3 Yoga Poses to Fix That Office Ache

Yoga poses for back ache

As weekend warriors we rock being active as often as we can, but sometimes our jobs involve lots of sitting in rather uncomfortable office chairs and hours spent hunched over a computer screen. This position can lead to ache-y backs, tight hips, and closed chests- not exactly ideal for when you decide it’s time to scale a mountain come Saturday! So why not ease that discomfort as it happens, and allow your body to be ready for adventuring whenever the outdoors beckon? New to yoga? Make sure to pop over to the Yoga for Beginners post right here on the […]

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What Type of Skier Are You? Take the Quiz


Skiing is a lot of fun, but everyone has a different idea of what the perfect ski day looks like. Some people want to catch that first chair, some are happy slowly carving the groomers and others are willing to earn their turns by hiking into the back bowls. Take this quick quiz and see what type of skier you are.   Scoring What Type of Skier Are You: 1-10 = You’re a fair-weather skier. You like it to be warm and sunny and you’re happy to take a break and relax once in a while. 11-14 = You take […]

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Sweat with Your Sweetheart: 5 Date Ideas for a Fit Valentine’s Day

Date Ideas

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and maybe you have reservations at your favorite restaurant. Or perhaps you planned a date night in, complete with a movie, a box of chocolates, and the couch. How about trying something different this year? If you’re reading this, I have a sneaking suspicious that you love to be active and you love adventure. While having a partner who’s as active as you are doesn’t always make or break a relationship, being active together can be a total bonding experience. Instead of planning a typical Valentine’s Day date this year with your love, […]

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Forget Skiing, Try These 5 Lesser-Known Winter Sports

things to try this winter

So winter is here and all of our friends keep talking about heading to the slopes to ski or board, right? Ok, maybe “all” is a bit of an overshoot but skiing and snowboarding are by all accounts highly popular outdoor activities during the winter months. Why not try something a little more unique and a little less populated by the masses? If you are up for trying something new this winter, here are five new things you could give a whirl! Ice climbing: Gaining in relative popularity in the recent years, ice climbing can seem a bit daunting to […]

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7 Things To See In Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is an awesome place to visit for your summer vacation or for a quick hiking trip. I’ve hiked to peaks, lakes, waterfalls and other attractions within the national park boundaries. From those experiences, I’ll offer up these 7 things you have to see in Rocky Mountain National Park. 1. Trail Ridge Road – Drive to an elevation of 12,183 feet above sea level and take in the views. With over 11 miles of the road at an elevation above 11,500 feet you’ll have an amazing view of the Rocky Mountains. 2. The Alluvial Fan – This amazing […]

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lucy Brand Spotlight and Giveaway

lucy giveaway

Listen up, ladies, this week’s brand spotlight giveaway is just for you. Whether you’re headed to yoga class, an afternoon at the gym or running on the trails, lucy makes comfortable, performance designed clothing for your workout. Keep reading to learn more about lucy then enter our giveaway at the bottom of this post. In the late 1990s, it was clear that women’s workout clothing and athletic apparel needed a makeover. There were few stylish and flattering options for women to wear to the gym. That all changed when lucy workout wear hit the scene. lucy is a group of […]

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5 Fun Ways to Increase Your Outdoor Knowledge

Outdoor Education

Learning. The more time I spend outside the more I want to learn. I want to be able to identify the plants that I’m looking at as I scamper down the trails. I want to know what kind of geologic wonders formed the mountains that I love to climb. I want to know how to use all the features of my GPS and how to safely remove a tick should one ever become embedded in my belly button. Recently I took a NOLS Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course. For 10 days my mind was enlightened as practical first-aid scenarios were […]

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Valentine’s Day Giveaway

Holiday Giveaway

***This giveaway has ended and the winner has been contacted. If you didn’t win, check out our other current giveaway.*** You’ve got that special skiing partner, hiking buddy or tent mate who you love to share outdoor adventures with. Well, Valentine’s Day is a great time to thank them for sharing outdoor time with you. Enter below for a chance to win them a $100 Sierra Trading Post Gift Card in our Valentine’s Day Giveaway. Enter the Valentine’s Day Giveaway Enter now for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to Sierra Trading Post. To enter, leave a comment […]

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Share Your Adventure January Photo Winners


Congratulations to the winners of our January Share Your Adventure Photo Contest. 1st Place: Karen Barnes “Reflection in Thousand Island Lakes – Mammoth backcountry, CA. On one of my annual solo backpacking trips. I suppose because I’m a girl, no one can ever believe I go alone. When asked why I go solo into the backcountry – I feel like this picture answers the question perfectly: ‘For the reflection.’” 2nd Place: Pete Zambory “Taken at Prophesy Wall during recent climbing trip to Utah. Great climbing! I took this shot of my friend Casey.” 3rd Place: Kenneth Kruse “I took this […]

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Feeling Sick? Get Outside


This is the time of the year when illness and cold weather seem to be the most debilitating factors in people getting outside, and with good reason! Both make us uncomfortable and less enthusiastic about adventures in general. It’s only natural. While extreme temperatures can be reconciled with good gear and heavy layers, being sick may just be keeping us out of the fresh air our bodies actually need. We don’t feel well, and the couch is a whole lot more enticing than any walk in a winter wonderland. But, here’s the thing: getting outdoors in any capacity is better […]

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10 Best Outdoor Themed Beers

Outdoors beers

Many people would agree that outdoor activities go well with a cold refreshing beer. Trail runners, cyclists, hikers, skiers and climbers all enjoy unwinding with a cold drink after a fun day of exercise. Some microbreweries have honored their connection to these outdoor activities in the names of their beer. Here’s a list of the 10 best outdoorsy named beers. 1. Out of Bounds Stout – Avery Brewing Company, based in Boulder, Colo., offers up this delicious stout dedicated to backcountry skiers. With a photo of a skier poaching some deep powder on each bottle, this beer is a great […]

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Five Breakfast-On-The-Go Ideas to Fuel Your Winter Fun

Breakfast on the go

I am lucky enough to live in a state where people can enjoy outdoor activities year-round. In fact, a large percentage of the population actually looks forward to winter every year because it allows for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and other snow sports. I’ve found that most people who haven’t visited Colorado don’t realize that the state is basically like two different worlds. It’s common for us to have warm, spring-like weather in the foothills (areas of lower elevation) throughout the winter. In fact, the first two days of this week were in the 70s! The other “world” is the high […]

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Therm-A-Rest Brand Spotlight and Gear Giveaway

Therm-a-rest logo

Any overnight adventure into the wilderness requires a comfortable night’s sleep. Therm-A-Rest overs sleeping solutions that are sure to get you rested up for the next day of adventure. Keep reading to learn more and be sure to enter our gear giveaway at the bottom of this post. In 1971, three unemployed climbers and engineers joined forces to make a more comfortable sleeping pad. From lightweight and soft sleeping pads to warm and toasty sleeping bags, Therm-A-Rest has led the way in comfortable backpacking sleep options. Starting with lightweight sleeping pads, Therm-A-Rest has grown into self inflating sleeping pads, sleeping […]

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Alpine Climbing Vs. Mountaineering

Alpine Climbing

The cold digs deep. The ice permeates so far into the skin that it feels like burning. With a heavy crunch, the ice axe pierces the slope, sending speckles of ice stabbing numb cheeks. Against the icy steeps, the wind howls and gushes, sending the rope flapping back and forth against the metallic jangle of cams and draws. Frozen hands, tucked inside a heavy glove slip into a narrow crack, as the climber begins a delicate ballet, ascending the granite face. Squeezing the body into the chute of a chimney, a frozen waterfall of gleaming, cascading ice lines the cavern-like […]

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