10 Ways You’re Doing Ski Vacations Wrong

Ski Vacation

Sorry guys, you’ve been doing it wrong, it’s time you learn how to get the most out of a ski vacation. I lived in Breckenridge, Colorado for 3 years, working in a ski shop and at a lodge. I’ve seen people waste money and miss out on some fun opportunities just because they didn’t know how to plan or what to do. Follow these tips and you’ll save a wad of cash and have the awesome ski vacation you had hoped for. 1. Buying tickets at the window. Wow, this can really cost you. With many resorts charging over $100 […]

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Children Shouldn’t Stop Your Adventures – Child Carriers

Carrying kids

One thing many young families worry about when they first have children is how they going to get outside with babies or toddlers. Usually, new parents quickly discover that hitting the trail isn’t that much more difficult with babies, you just have to know how to carry them. Child Carriers or Child Backpacks Child carriers are a great way to bring your young children out for an adventure. You can strap them in safely and carry their weight more efficiently than carrying them in your arms and more comfortably than piggyback style. The child carriers fit like a backpacking backpack […]

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7 Things You Have to See in Moab, Utah

Things to see in Moab Utah

Moab, Utah is a popular destination for outdoor adventurers, for good reason. This eastern Utah town is sandwiched between two national parks, it’s on the banks of the Colorado River and the geology of the area will blow your mind. All this and it’s easily accessible from Interstate 70. Before you plan your Moab trip, check out these 7 things you have to see in Moab. 1. Arches National Park Beyond the iconic Delicate Arch, Arches National Park has many great arches accessable for people of all abilities. From short strolls to longer hikes, there are many different natural arches […]

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The One Thing Keeping You From Skiing Faster

Ski Faster

Downhill skiing and snowboarding is all about speed. Most people choose to participate in these winter sports to go fast. Surprisingly, many people aren’t skiing at full speed and it has nothing to do with their skills or lack of training. The number one thing slowing you down may be the lack of wax on your skis. Here are the reasons why you should wax your skis or snowboard more often. Why Waxing Skis is Important The base of your ski or snowboard is made of polyethylene. When your ski slides over the snow the heat and pressure of your […]

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Keen Brand Spotlight and Giveaway

Keen Logo

Keen burst onto the outdoor footwear scene in 2003 with a sandal that protected your toes. Since then, Keen has grown into running shoes, casual shoes, hiking boots and a full range high quality footwear. Keep reading to learn more about Keen then enter our giveaway at the bottom of this post. Martin Keen and Rory Fuerst introduced the thick toe bumper sandals to wide appeal. The Portland, Oregon based company grew quickly and their shoes quickly found their way to outdoor footwear stores worldwide. The company believes in the hybrid life, balancing work, play and social responsibility. Their goal […]

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Winter Camping Hacks

winter camping

The decision has been made: you’re going winter camping. You’re willing to lose feeling in your toes, carry an absurd amount of clothing, and hang out in your tent for an excessive period of time, all in the name of trying something new. The catch? Winter camping has a steeper learning curve when compared to the normal variety. But never fear; we’ve got a few tips and tricks that will make you a winter camping pro in no time. Keep Batteries Warm In this era of connectedness, there is a good chance you’re camping with a cell phone, digital camera, […]

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Planning the Perfect Group Adventure

Group Adventures

Over the holidays we had a houseful of relatives ranging from age 65 to 8 months old. They left their warm and exotic homes in Texas and Hawaii and came to Wyoming in search of a White Christmas…and a whole lot of trail time. For my family a typical day on our local trails is pretty anticlimactic. We know what to wear, what to pack, where to go and our bodies are well adjusted to exercise above 8,000 feet. But, adding relatives with little to no cold weather experience from low altitude locations into the mix required careful and detailed […]

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Planning Your National Park Vacation

Yellowstone Vacation

The national parks are extremely popular, for good reason. You shouldn’t plan to climb Half Dome by yourself or stand alone under Delicate Arch. Likewise, don’t plan on driving to Yellowstone National Park in July without reservations. With that in mind, here are some tips for planning the ultimate Yellowstone National Park vacation. 1. Make your reservations now. The most convenient hotels and campgrounds book up early. January and February are the best time to find the right accommodations for your family this summer if you’re planning on staying in the park. There are twelve campgrounds located inside the park, […]

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5 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Our National Parks

Rocky Mountain National Park by Andrew Russell

Monday January 19, 2015 is the first Free Entrance Day to the National Parks of 2015. Whether you can make it out to enjoy these national treasures or not, here are some fun facts about the national parks that you probably didn’t know. The largest park in our national park system is Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska. The park covers over 8.3 million acres. The smallest national park is less than an acre. It is the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial located in downtown Philadelphia. Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt each have four sites named after them. Lincoln […]

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DIY Easy to Build Snowboard Rack

snowboard rack

Now that I have four snowboarders in my family, storing the boards has become a problem. Without a good way to store all of the snowboards, I usually lean them up against a wall in the garage. I don’t even want to think about how many times someone bumped into them and all four snowboards crashed into a pile on the ground. Clearly it was time for me to find an easy way to store snowboards on an inexpensive snowboard rack. I searched online for how to build a snowboard rack. I found Pinterest projects that were just too cute […]

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Giro Brand Spotlight and Gear Giveaway

Giro Logo

Racing down the runs of any ski resort is sure to put a smile on your face. Whether you’re seeking fresh powder runs, fast groomers or working on your skills at the bunny hill, you’ve got to protect yourself. Proper protection includes a ski helmet and goggles. Keep reading to learn about Giro goggles and helmets and be sure to enter the gear giveaway at the bottom of this post. Giro was founded in 1985 at the cross roads of surf and mountains in Santa Cruz, California. The company designs protective helmets for skiing, snowboarding and cycling as well as […]

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No, Snowshoeing is Not Just Walking in the Snow


A few years ago, an old friend of mine rented a pair of snowshoes and met me outside of Durango, Colorado where we planned to do some exploring in the San Juan Mountains. I watched him struggle through the process of putting on snowshoes for the first time, then I laughed as he stumbled for his first steps. After four or five steps he had it figured it out. Fifteen minutes into our adventure he said, “So, it’s pretty much just walking on snow isn’t it.” “Well, yes. Only better. ” I replied. Earlier this winter another friend mentioned that […]

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5 Ways A Climbing Gym Will Make You A Better Climber

climbing gym

Want to be a better rock climber this spring and summer? Sign up at your local rock gym this winter. Climbing in a gym is an obvious choice to better your rock climbing skills but let’s look at 5 reasons why indoor gym climbing will make you a better climber outside when the weather warms up. 1. Build trust. If you’re new to climbing, it can be unnerving to be 50 feet off the ground with only a rope securing you to your belay partner. Climbing in a gym is a great way to build trust in the rope system […]

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Go Outside (More) as a Family This Year

Family Hiking

For some people being outdoors is an everyday reality and for others it is an occasional occurrence. Research does show that getting out in the fresh air benefits everyone, kids and adults. I simply like how I feel when I am out there and I love to share it with my children. Are you an outdoor family? Do you spend time in the wild skiing, hiking, biking or just playing together as a group? Do you have conversations or eat picnic dinners and reconnect outside? Ask yourself if you can do it more frequently. No need for perfection, but more […]

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What Winter Sport is Right For You?

Winter Sports

Everyone has a favorite summer activity. You probably love hiking, fishing, camping, kayaking or some other sport but when it comes to winter sports, it can be hard to know what snow sport is best for you. Alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing, there’s a lot to choose from. Don’t sweat it, we’ve simplified it down to a flow chart. What winter sport did you end up with? Tell us in the comments below.   Shop: Snow Sports Skis The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Andy HawbakerVoice of Sierra at Sierra Trading Post Andy is a […]

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DIY: Add Traction to Your Shoes

running shoe traction

There is nothing that says you are required to make big, life changing, personal goals at the beginning of every year but there is something refreshing about trying to better yourself while you’re still trying to remember to scribble out the correct year on the very few checks you still write. New Year’s resolutions can be fun and who doesn’t want to become a better person?! There is just one catch, especially if your resolution involves running on any level… …if you live in the Northern Hemisphere the new year comes in the dead of winter. This usually involves lots of […]

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5 Reasons Not to Hike in Kyrzbekistan


Our Twitter feed is filling up with tweets about traveling to Kyrzbekistan. After doing a little research on the destination, we have to warn our readers not to get too excited about hiking the unimaginable mountains of Kyrzbekistan. Please consider these five reasons not to travel to Kyrzbekistan. 1. Lack of Water Sources – While we hear the country is a great destination for outdoor adventure, it seems there are few or possibly no sources for water which makes hiking doable, but tedious. (Pro-tip: Bring your own camel.) 2. Flights Are Really Hard to Find – I’ve searched all over, and I can’t […]

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New Balance Brand Spotlight and Gear Giveaway

New Balance logo

The new year offers up a fresh start and for many people, it’s time to work on that new year’s resolution. The most common resolutions are to work out more, to get in better shape or to lose weight. If you made a resolution about health, you’re in luck because this week’s gear giveaway is all about running shoes and athletic apparel from New Balance. New Balance was established in 1906 with innovative shoe designs to help relieve the achy feet of assembly line workers. With over one hundred years of experience designing comfortable shoes, you can trust New Balance […]

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Hydration – Just as Important for Winter Adventures

Winter Hydration

Dehydration is commonly perceived as a heat-related illness, but it can strike under other conditions such as high altitude and cold. The problem is that we tend to forget to hydrate in cool weather. Symptoms of dehydration are miserable, including fatigue, nausea, and lightheadedness. Even as an experienced adventurer, I allowed dehydration to sneak up on me recently during a high altitude climb – it was miserable! Dehydration increases susceptibility to other conditions such as hypothermia, making it more critical as temperatures plummet. Be intentional about hydrating during cold weather by understanding the issue and planning ahead. Medical Background Good […]

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Dream It. Plan It. Do It. How to Make Adventures Happen

Planning for Adventure

It’s the beginning of a new year, which means we’re all probably staring at the guidebooks on our shelves or favorited photos on Instagram and making promises to ourselves. This is the year we hike the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim. This is the year we summit Mount Whitney. This is the year we finally book that trip to the Himalayas. How many years have you made those promises to yourself only to reach November, dig out that resolution list, and wonder where all the time went? My friend Scott rarely seems to have that problem. In 2014, he put […]

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How to Make Fire Starters – Lightweight and Reliable

How to make fire starters

Successful backpacking and camping trips require a lightweight and reliable fire starter. The best fire starters light right away, burn for a long time and produce a good flame. Here is an easy way to make fire starters that are perfect for any outdoor adventure. How to Make Fire Starters What you’ll need: Cotton Balls Petroleum Jelly A bowl and spoon (to contain the mess) A plastic bag What to do: As described above, pull the cotton ball apart with your fingers. Add petroleum jelly. Work the petroleum jelly into the fibers of the cotton ball to get it fully […]

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No Equipment Required New Year’s Workout

New Year's Workout

I just love the energy gyms and health clubs get in the first few weeks of January. As a personal trainer, the crowded weight rooms and full line of cardio machines give off a sense of hope and positivity. People are determined to make a positive change for their health, and the energy is infectious. Alas, I know I’m in the far minority here. In fact, I’m willing to wager that if you’re reading this, you’re in the camp that crowded gyms beget a big time headache. I understand. Overcrowded gyms can even hinder people from getting started on those […]

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A Major Sea Port With Rich American History – Name this City

Name this City

Our Mystery Destination Game has taken us to national parks, mountains, rivers and canyons across the USA. This week we’re featuring a city that was an important city during the civil war, is still a major sea port and is a great place to enjoy some beach time. Read the five clues below, look at the photos then see if you can guess which city we are talking about. Established in 1733, this city became the capital of one of the original 13 colonies and was later named the original capital of its state. Visitors to the area love to […]

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Mountain Khakis Brand Spotlight and Giveaway

Mountain Khakis Logo

Mountain Khakis is located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where they design rugged clothing built tough enough for your lifestyle yet comfortable enough that you’ll want to wear it all the time. Keep reading to learn more about Mountain Khakis and be sure to enter our giveaway at the bottom of this post. Whether you’re hanging out at base camp, fly fishing or getting some work done, Mountain Khakis comfortable shirts, pants and jackets will keep you comfortable and looking good. Their clothing is built for the mountain lifestyle and any adventure you throw at it. Mountain Khakis clothing is rugged, […]

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Leash or No Leash? 9 Reasons to Consider Leash Laws

Dogs on leash

A lot of places in the country have “leash laws” that require your dog be on a 6 foot leash at all times. Leash laws exist for many reasons. Some dog owners think they have the right to break the law. If they are caught, fines can range from $75 to $400. Part of the reason people do it anyway is because they think they won’t get caught. In some areas that, unfortunately, is likely the case. However, if shirking the law is your thing, here are 9 other reasons to follow leash laws. 9 Reasons to Follow Leash Laws […]

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15 Ways to Jumpstart an Adventurous 2015

Adventurous 2015

Back in the 1980s, my New Year’s Day tradition was hiking up the Holy Jim Trail to the summit of Santiago Peak — often referred to by locals as simply Saddleback Mountain. It’s the tallest peak in Orange County, and some years there is even snow up there. It’s a long, 16 mile round-trip with over 4,000 feet of vertical gain. But what really made the annual trek special was the satisfaction of starting off the new year on the right foot — active, outdoors and healthy. Here are 15 ways to inject 2015 with more outdoor adventure. 1. Join […]

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Share Your Adventure December 2014 Contest Winners

Share Your Adventure Photo Contest

Another month of our Share your Adventure Photo Contest has come to an end. Check out the top three photos as voted on by our fans from our December 2014 contest. Be sure to enter your best outdoor adventure photo for a chance to win a Sierra Trading Post gift card in next month’s photo contest. 1st Place – Emily Jessal “Life is a lot easier when your brother has got your back! It’s never too chilly for a beach stroll on the Oregon Coast.” 2nd Place – Ashli Baldwin “Me sitting on the edge at McAffee Knob in Virginia […]

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Peanut Butter & Coconut Power Balls

PB Protein Ball Recipe

I’m not a picky eater, per se. But when it comes to food in the backcountry, I’m more particular about what I like. Traditional granola/meal bars just aren’t my jam, despite how easy they are to pack and carry. I’d rather have smaller bites of different flavors than be stuck with one bar of a single flavor. So when an instructor in my mountaineering class this spring brought these little snacks she called ‘energy balls’. They were sweet, bite-sized balls rolled in coconut and made a perfect trail snack! At 200 calories per ball, these little guys are a great way […]

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Outdoor Hacks – One Lightweight Household Item With Many Uses

outdoor hacks

Heading into the outdoors can put you in many different scenarios. The key to a successful backpacking trip is having the right gear for the right situation. Balancing a desire for a lightweight pack with the need to bring everything you may need, leads many outdoors people to get creative. That’s where genious outdoor hacks come in. Below we’ve got 10 uses for a simple trash bag that can be extremely helpful in the outdoors. If there’s one simple household item that is lightweight, easy to pack and full of many uses, it’s a trash bag. Beyond the obvious use […]

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About the North Pole

The North Pole

This time of year Santa and his reindeer are resting from a long night of delivering gifts to children across the globe. Besides being the home of Santa and the elves, the North Pole has many other interesting facts that you may not know. Check out these 7 things you didn’t know about the North Pole. The sun only rises and sets one time each year. The sun rises just before the Spring equinox (around March 20th) and gradually rises in the sky until it reaches the highest point of 23.5 degrees at the summer solstice. The sun then sets […]

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