How To: Create Your Own Training Plan

Create a training plan

Spring is here and that means there are road and trail races popping up everywhere – if you check the Running in the USA race calendar in your area you’ll see races nearly every weekend. Most races are a fantastic excuse to get together with friends, snag a new t-shirt and sometimes even get a finishers medal! Plus, training for a race – whether it is a 5K, 10K, half marathon or more – will give you a reason to get outside and enjoy the spring weather! Training takes a little planning and having a plan is a great way […]

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4 Surprisingly Easy Fitness Programs Just in Time for Summer

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As the temperatures rise, many of us start thinking about those Netflix marathons and how our new year’s resolution have fallen by the way side. Before the bathing suits come out of the drawer you might be thinking about getting back into a fitness routine. We’ve got a few quick and easy ideas to help you get back on that health kick. Yoga – Stretch Your Fitness Goals Yoga is an excellent way to get into shape. Yoga will help you build strong core muscles and give you a full body workout. Sign up for a class at your local […]

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Very Tall Trees, Seclusion and Coastline: Name this Mystery Destination

tall trees

We love a good adventure as well as anyone. Mountains, canyons and wide open prairies all have a way of making you feel tiny. This week’s Mystery Destination also does that but in a different way. Take a look at these photos and read the clues below and see if you can guess which parks we are talking about. This area is actually comprised of a national park and three state parks for a combined 133,000 acres protecting an old-growth forest containing some of the largest trees on Earth. These amazing forests are the main attraction to these parks. In […]

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prAna Brand Spotlight and Gear Giveaway

prAna Giveaway

Climbers and yoga fans have known about the comfortable and cool designs from prAna for many years. The company, named from the Sanskrit word for life force, has grown from making clothing in a garage to a well respected brand for yoga, fitness, climbing and casual apparel. Keep reading for your chance to win a free prAna product. Our Favorite prAna Products 1. prAna Prism Capris – soft, moisture wicking material with articulated seams for maximum comfort. 2. prAna Nina Hoodie Sweater – a light layer that easily goes from layered wintry style to beachy sunset cover-up. 3. prAna Saxton Pants – Tough enough […]

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5 Things You Don’t Know About Rain Jackets

rain jacket

Waterproof rain jackets are a necessity for many outdoor activities. Staying dry on a hike, backpacking trip, run, bike ride or whatever, will make it much more enjoyable. There’s more to rain jackets than you think. Check out these 5 things you probably didn’t know about rain jackets. 1. You can bring an old rain jacket back to life. I’ve heard people say that their rain jacket just isn’t waterproof any more and they are going to replace it. Hold on, jackets have a DWR (durable water repellent) coating that was applied to the fabric at the factory. Over time […]

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Fill Your Bottles From A Shallow Stream

Trailtime tip

The map clearly shows a creek, but when you arrive with empty bottles and an unquenchable thirst, you find only a trickle. No sweat, you can easily use this cool trick to fill your bottles or water bladder from a shallow stream. How to Fill a Water Bottle in a Shallow Stream 1. Find a place where the water is slowly trickling over a rock or log. 2. Place a large leaf or the wind screen from your camp stove at the drop off in such a way that the water flows over it. Use a small rock to hold […]

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You’re Doing it Wrong: How to Fail at Skiing

ski rescue

Spring is here and the days are already warming on the slopes. It’s time to lighten up a little and have a laugh. When I learned to ski, there was a lot to learn. Silly me thought I would simply slide from the top of the hill to the bottom, easy peazy. But noooo, there were all sorts of things to learn, like what to wear, how to ride a lift, and then there were all those little kids trying to kill me. Wow! It seemed there were more ways to do it wrong than right. Lets review all the […]

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How Many of These National Parks Can You Name?

outdoor quiz

The National Parks preserve many of the natural areas we love to explore. From geysers, arches, mountains, forests and swamps to historic and cultural monuments, these preserves are worth visiting. These iconic parks are easily recognizable for many Americans. How many national parks can you identify in this fun quiz? National Parks Quiz   So, how did you do in the national parks quiz? Tell us how many you got right in the comments below then forward this on to a friend to see how many they know. Was this too easy? See if you can guess these Mystery Destinations: […]

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Wetsuit Buyer’s Guide for Surfers

Wetsuit Buying Guide

There’s nothing like surfing year-round, the bigger waves roll in during the winter months and the waves you catch in the cold are a little sweeter since you’ve had to suffer to catch them. When you pick the right wetsuit for the right conditions, you won’t have to suffer as much. Pick one that’s too thick and you’ll feel like you’re about to pass out in the water from heat exhaustion. Then again, pick one that’s too thin and you’re going to be shivering and miserable all day. Follow this wetsuit buyer’s guide for surfers to learn about the different […]

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Gregory Backpacks Brand Spotlight Giveaway

Backpack Giveaway

After designing his first backpack as a Boy Scout at the age of 14, Wayne Gregory dedicated his career to making outstanding outdoor gear. He established Gregory Mountain Products in 1977 and the company has lead the way in design and engineering for the perfect comfort and fit for backpackers. Keep reading to learn about a great discount then enter to win our Gregory gear giveaway. Gregory Backpacks are great for short day hikes, commuting to school or work, and for multi-day backpacking trips. No matter how much time you spend on the trail, Gregory makes a comfortable and durable […]

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Spring Hiking: Because Any Weather is Good Hiking Weather

Rainy Hiking

Grab your favorite pair of hiking boots or trail shoes and your rain shell because any kind of weather is good hiking weather. Finding that perfect day where the sun is out and the wind lightly blowing might not happen as often as you would hope. Why not head to the trail even if it is raining or the trails are muddy. Hiking in the rain can be a very cleansing and relaxing time. To me listening to the rain hit my rain shell is incredibly soothing. Just like listening to the rain pitter patter on the roof of a […]

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Easy Way to Stake a Tent on Rocky Ground

staking a tent

Sometimes it’s necessary to set up your tent on a rocky campsite. It can be nearly impossible to get a stake into the ground and you risk bending your stakes. Did you know you can use two rocks to secure your tent almost anywhere? Follow this quick tip and you’ll be able to easily secure your tent on rocky campsites. 1. Tie a loop at the end of a guy line so you can loop the guy line around a smaller rock. 2. Secure the line around the smaller rock as seen below. 3. Place a larger rock on the […]

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Shamrock (ish) Shake: A Healthy Smoothie

shamrock shake

When I think of March, several different things come to mind: daylight savings (I love springing forward!), turning from winter to spring, the color green and one very special holiday that everyone seems to love to celebrate. St. Patrick’s Day used to be a pretty big deal for me- mostly back in college where it was just an excuse to go out to bars, wear silly green accessories and drink a lot of Guinness. I do have a little bit of Irish in my blood, but honestly, St. Patrick’s Day is just another day to me. That being said, I […]

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Should I Go Skiing This Weekend?


We all have a lot of things going on in our lives. Even weekend warriors have to make decisions on how to use their weekends effectively. Is that home project finally going to get some attention or should I go skiing this weekend? We’ve analyzed the situation and have developed this flow chart to help you make the right decision. Whatever you decide, we hope you have a great weekend. SHOP Ski Boots Ski Helmets Jackets The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Andy HawbakerVoice of Sierra at Sierra Trading Post Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor […]

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Pearl Izumi Brand Spotlight and Gear Giveaway

Featured Image Pearl Izumi

Founded in Tokyo more than fifty years ago by a father who wanted to make bike racing clothing for his son, Pearl Izumi has since grown to become one of the world’s leading performance sportswear brands. Keep reading to enter our Pearl Izumi gear giveaway. Pearl Izumi is now based in Colorado where they design and test athletic apparel for cyclists, trail runners and fitness enthusiasts. You’ll find high performance fabrics, long-lasting designs and highly tested cycling jerseys, cycling gloves, running shoes, layers and jackets from Pearl Izumi. Pearl Izumi Favorites From the Pearl Izumi Select Thermal Barrier Jacket, ELITE […]

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3 Simple Yoga Poses for Post-Workout Recovery

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When it comes to working out I feel like lots of athletes, weekend warriors and professionals alike, like to spend most of their allotted fitness time on the exciting bits of exercise. We love the warm up, that first burn of muscles working, the first downward dog of yoga class, the tasty pre-workout shake that gives us that jolt of energy, and we love the flurry of activity that comes with that mountain biking excursion, a new PR in the weight room, or the rush of achievement that surrounds scoring a goal or making a touchdown. But if you’re anything […]

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Best Apps for Outdoor Adventure

Best Outdoor Apps

As a constant adventurer, I’d like to share my favorite iPhone apps for adventure. There are so many different categories that fall into outdoor adventure so I decided to break it down into the ones that I felt best represented the offering that is available in the App Store. So without further ado, here are the best iPhone apps for outdoor adventure, be sure to let us know what I missed in the comments below. Hiking Map My Hike (free) Since one of the more popular apps for hiking, Everytrail, seems to be going in and out of existence I […]

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Trekking the Himalayas: A Trip of a Lifetime

trekking the Himalayas

I was standing before two of the highest peaks on Earth. A gray massif of ice and granite soared above a stark, lifeless landscape. The scene was otherworldly, the air so thin I could only manage shallow breaths, and the architecture of these peaks – the dream of mountaineers and trekkers – beyond acceptable description. Chomolungma, the peak many know as Mt. Everest, stood with her sister peak, Lhotse, joined at the South Col. The wild splendor of the Himalayas cannot be labeled by superlatives. To trek and climb here is a soul-changing experience that transgresses the natural world, delving […]

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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 to these presentations, I asked David a few questions about his experience hiking the Colorado Trail. AH: What made you want to hike nearly 500 miles from Denver to Durango? David: I hiked the length of Colorado in 1981 and […]

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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 correct, get out there and hike some trails. If you didn’t score too well click some links here on the Sierra Social Hub and read more about hiking safety. Related Articles: 7 Tips to Avoid Altitude Sickness Methods of Water […]

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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 below. Hot Products From Lowe Alpine 1. Lowe Alpine Halcyon Jacket – Fleece – Enjoy a peaceful day in the mountains with the durable, stretchy and warm performance of Lowe Alpine’s Halcyon jacket. 2. Lowe Alpine Karma Capris – Made of quick-drying […]

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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 you want to experience the best, you’ve got to get out of bed and work for it. The early bird gets the worm or in this case, the fresh powder. 2. Don’t be afraid to try new things. You never […]

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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 plus dirt equals one muddy dog. My dogs ride in the backseat of my car so it’s a constant battle to keep my dirty dogs from destroying the inside of my car. I know I am not alone in this […]

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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 distance. I also feel strongly that way too many people only see Yellowstone from the window of their car or through the lens of their camera. It’s worth it to step out and hike or bike or just walk and […]

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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! 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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