Six Benefits of CrossFit for Outdoor Enthusiasts

CrossFit Workout

Odds are you know someone who does CrossFit, or you’ve heard of it. It’s hard, it’s intense, it’s controversial, it’s rapidly gaining in popularity, and the methodologies are being adopted by professional athletes and “normal” people alike. So, what is CrossFit, exactly? At its core, it’s a branded core strength and conditioning program designed to optimize performance in ten different domains. It’s historically been used by military organizations, police departments, and now thousands of sport-specific gyms worldwide. Athletes run, jump, row, climb, move heavy loads, and use both Olympic and powerlifting techniques, among other things. CrossFit programs are designed to […]

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Great Outdoor Gift Ideas

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Check out these great gift ideas for the hikers, campers and outdoorsmen and women on your holiday shopping list. Grab these deals at Sierra Trading Post because all of these items are alread 25 to 55% off the compared at prices plus every link in this post includes an additional 30% off discount. The Gift of Winter Adventure A few months after dating a girl, she bought me a pair of snowshoes for Christmas. Now she’s my wife. I can’t guarentee this will work for you but it’s worth a try. Who wouldn’t want an excuse to advance their winter time […]

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Outdoor Addiction Quiz: Are You Addicted to the Outdoors?

Outdoor Quiz

You love the outdoors, you get outside every chance you can but are you becoming addicted to the outdoors. Is it possible that you have a problem? Take this quiz to measure how addicted to the outdoors you are. Answer Yes or No to each of these questions. You’ve practiced setting up your tent, tarp or shelter in the backyard and even timed it. The bike on top the your car is worth more than the car itself. You have no problem paying an extra $75 to save one ounce on your backpack weight but when your favorite energy bar goes […]

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Sorel Brand Spotlight and Boot Giveaway!

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When you think of warm waterproof boots, chances are you think of Sorel. There’s a good reason for that. Sorel boots are made tough enough to provide warmth for your feet on all of your winter adventures. Good news, we’ve got a Sorel boot giveaway at the bottom of this post… keep reading. Who knows more about keeping their feet warm than our Canadian friends? So, I guess it’s no surprise that Sorel was founded in Kitchener, Ontario, in 1962. The Sorel brand is synonymous with warm, well-built boots. Their classic styles are made with the most durable materials and […]

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Yoga for Beginners: Three Building Blocks to Rock Your Practice

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I am the first to admit that yoga can be scary. Even after practicing for essentially my entire life, sometimes I walk into the studio, look around, and mutter ‘what have I gotten myself into?!” But honestly, that is one of the reasons I love it so much- no two days are ever the same. Your practice changes if you were hiking the day before, haven’t moved in a week, or if you’ve practiced three days in a row; each time you step onto your mat (or your carpet, or your favorite trail) your body is different and the way […]

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Five Reasons I’m Grateful for the Outdoors

Thankful for the outdoors

It’s the time of year where I find myself giving up a perfectly good climbing or hiking day in favor of holiday preparations, shopping, and parties.  So when I’m frustrated that I can’t be out there climbing mountains, I try to replace that letdown with reflection on the things that make me so grateful for this deeply important part of my life. 5. Those Small Moments A quiet morning paddle. A bear wandering through camp. The view into the next valley when I crest a pass. The feeling of jumping in a high alpine lake after hiking a week with […]

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Teach Kids to Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace

Exploring and adventuring in the outdoors is one of life’s greatest joys. We gain inspiration in and from nature and to spend time together with those we love in outdoor spaces makes it all the better. One of the reasons we as parents take our children outside is to educate them on our natural world and to share with them the gift it is. Fostering a sincere love of the outdoors is the first step to make kids care about conservation. Teaching kids leave no trace principles helps promote the protection of these special places to them. Today’s educated kids […]

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DIY Compass – Just Add Water

Emergency Compass

A compass is listed as one of the 10 essentials for survival and for good reason. If you have no other options for navigation and visibility is poor, a magnetic compass can be the key to pointing you home. However, even reliable tools can break sometimes. If you’re out on a trip with a broken compass, simply look in your repair kit; you may be able to repurpose some items you already have and create a DIY compass to guide you home. To make a do-it-yourself emergency compass, you’ll need a magnet, needle, cookware, water, and something for the needle […]

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Skiing, Climbing and Unique Geology – Name This State?

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The U.S. is filled with tons of awesome places to explore. We’ve covered many of those in our weekly Mystery Destination games but this week let’s see if you can name the U.S. state that all of these adventure spots are located. Check out the photos, read the clues then enter your guess in the comments below. This state has some awesome places to ski or snowboard. Probably the most well-known resort in the state is known for its large amount of vertical drop, at 4,140 ft it have one of the steepest drops in the U.S. You might also think of […]

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6 Incredible Uses For Drinking Straws in the Backcountry

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Lightweight backpacking and camping often requires a bit of ingenuity to bring everything you need without breaking your back. That’s why we’re a big fan of outdoor hacks and DIY outdoor ideas. Here are 6 incredible uses for drinking straws in the backcountry from our buddy John at IntenseAngler Outdoors. Backpacking Uses For Drinking Straws Fire Starter – A drinking straw can provide an easy way to store your fire starter to keep it dry. Stuff a drinking straw full of a cotton ball soaked in petroleum jelly and it will light right away when you get to the campsite. […]

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Terramar Brand Spotlight and Base Layer Giveaway

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When the cold chill of winter sets in, you turn to a set of layers to stay warm for your outdoor adventures. Big puffy coats and waterproof shells definitely help keep you warm but you’ll want to carefully consider your base layer if you want to stay comfortable. Terramar specializes in base layers that will keep you dry and warm. Keep reading to learn more about Terramar then enter our base layer giveaway at the bottom of this post. Terramar started manufacturing silk clothing over 40 years ago. They have grown into a major producer of high quality base layers. […]

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Stay Warm With The Right Base Layer

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A good base layer might be the most overlooked piece of gear for cold weather adventures. Experienced skiers, snowboarders, hikers and winter campers will tell you the right base layer can make the difference between a great day in the outdoors and a day you’d rather forget. Here’s what you need to know about choosing a base layer. Key Factors For Choosing a Base Layer Comfort – It’s right next to your skin. It should feel comfortable and not itchy. Moisture Wicking – A base layer needs to be able to pull moisture away from your skin to keep you […]

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10 Awesome Games For Little Adventurers

10 games for outdoor kids

The last mile of a hike with kids is always the longest, hardest mile of the day. My 3 year old has this innate ability to know when we are exactly one mile from the trailhead. It’s at that point when his little legs get tired, his stomach starts to growl and he starts to whine. Sometimes he sits down on the trail protesting any forward movement and tries to do everything in his power to let me know that he’s just ready to be done. If you hike with kids I’m sure this scene is familiar. One minute our […]

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How to Maximize Camp Stove Efficiency

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There’s nothing like a hot meal after a full day of hiking. Cooking on a lightweight backpacking stove is the perfect way to refuel your body on a camping or backpacking trip. Follow these tips to maximize the fuel efficiency of your camp stove. Tips for Best Camp Stove Performance Cook Site Selection – Increase your stove’s performance by selecting a cook site that is completely level and one that provides some protection from the wind. Keep Your Fuel Canisters Warm – A warm fuel canister burns more efficiently. In cool weather place the canister under your jacket to warm […]

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Outdoor Survival Quiz. Will You Survive?

Richard Bedard

Venturing into the outdoors exposes yourself to a lot of risks. Do you know how to survive when things go wrong? Take this outdoor survival quiz to see how well you would do in an emergency. 1. While climbing a mountain, your friend complains of a severe headache and tells you he’s going to throw up. What do you do? A. Take a five minute break, tell them to drink water then keep climbing. B. Send your friend down to the car and tell them you’ll catch up with them after you reach the summit. C. Turn around. Get your […]

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Don’t Ruin Your Adventure Plans: 7 Tips to Prevent Altitude Sickness

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Many outdoor adventures involve heading to the mountains to hike, backpack or to go skiing. If you aren’t careful your entire adventure plan can be ruined by an unexpected case of altitude sickness. It’s important to know how to limit the risk of getting altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS) . Watch the video or read the tips below on how to avoid altitude sickness. How to lower your risk of getting altitude sickness 1. Hydration – Drink plenty of water and stay well hydrated whenever you gain elevation. 2. Avoid Alcohol – Alcohol slows your body […]

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Marmot Brand Spotlight and Gear Giveaway

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Whether you’re looking to layer up this winter with warm fleece layers and waterproof shells or you’re finally enjoying some mosquito free camping, Marmot makes the gear you need to push your adventures to the next level. Keep reading to learn more about the brand then be sure to enter the Marmot Gear Giveaway at the bottom of this post. Started in a University of California Santa Cruz dorm room, two climbing buddies designed and tested outdoor gear. They opened a retail store called Marmot Mountain Works in 1974. Their big break came when they outfitted Clint Eastwood and crew […]

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Rock It! An Upper Body Workout to Step Up Your Climbing Game

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The first 1.5 years I lived in Colorado, I worked as a fitness professional in a premiere rock climbing gym in Boulder. My main goal when I worked with these clients was to help them get in the best climbing shape possible. These weren’t just your general population gym-goers; these were folks with competitive spirits, persistence, and disciplined training. They were rock climbers. Rock climbing – whether indoor or outdoor – is an incredible physical feat. It builds strength, endurance, and power. Rock climbing requires upper body power and strength, core strength, and both cardiovascular endurance and muscular endurance. In […]

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Get a Better Backcountry Sleep with the Right Sleeping Pad

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Every backpacker has his or her own favorite type of sleeping pad. Some prefer foam pads while others prefer inflatable and self-inflating air pads. In this post I will be going over the major differences and some pros and cons of each. First lets take a look why you should even be buying a pad at all. Pads no matter what they are filled with provide two major important factors while backpacking and or camping. The first thing they provide is comfort. They keep you off the hard ground allowing you a better night sleep. The second thing is that […]

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5 Fun Dog Activities to Keep Them Active This Winter

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If I had my way, I would hike with my dogs all year round. It’s not possible where I live though. We get deep snow in the mountains. Although I try to take my small pups out for snowshoe trips it’s often too cold for them, the snow is too deep for them, or it is pouring down rain. Add to that the fact that the days are much shorter in the fall and winter and it means that we don’t get out as often as we would like. I know we are not the only ones with this problem. […]

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Rugged Mountains, Glaciers and Small Crowds – Name This Park

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When you’re headed into the outdoors you probably want beautiful views, plant and animal diversity, and no crowds. You can find all of those things in one national park. Maybe you’ve been there. Look at the photos, read the clues then see if you know which national park we are talking about in this week’s Mystery Destination. This parks changing landscape includes the temperate rainforest of the wet west-side and a dry ponderosa pine ecosystem of the east. With over 9,000 feet of vertical relief there is a high diversity of plants, over 1,600 species identified. With approximately 312 glaciers, […]

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Royal Robbins Brand Spotlight and Giveaway

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In the 1970’s, Royal Robbins was a free climbing pioneer who claimed many first ascents including El Capitan. He then went on to become known for intense kayaking too. Royal and his wife, Liz started the Royal Robbins Clothing Company because they had a hard time finding comfortable outdoor apparel that suited their adventures. Keep reading to learn more and to enter our Royal Robbins Giveaway. The Royal Robbins clothing company specializes in lightweight, comfortable and cool clothing that looks good on the trail or in the city. Using quick drying fabrics and sensible design the Royal Robins clothing performs […]

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Uses For Halloween Candy in the Outdoors

Halloween Candy

This time of year Halloween candy is everywhere. You probably power through the Butterfingers, share a Kit Kat with a friend and try to see how many licks it takes to get to the center of the Tootsie Pop (Dang it. We may never know). Even with your best effort there’s always a few Baby Ruth’s, Skittles and Nerds left behind. Don’t throw those away. Save them for your next trip into the outdoors, that’s right, Halloween Candy has many great uses in the outdoors. Four Uses For Halloween Candy in the Outdoors. Water Flavor – Pixy Stix seem like […]

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Yoga Stretches for Runners

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“Oh you run? I bet you have terrible knees and joints.” Something along those lines is what someone’s going to say to you when they find out your run, I can almost guarantee that. Give them a smart aleck answer because recent studies have been showing that runner’s knee is just a myth. There are numerous variables that go into saying why runners actually have better knees than non-runners and one of those variables is keeping the hinges greased through stretching. These are some of my favorite yoga stretches to do AFTER a run, so I can loosen my tightening […]

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How to Coil a Climbing Rope

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Climbers know how important it is to take good care of a climbing rope. One way to prolong the life of a rope is to properly coil it for storage and transportation. Watch the video or follow the easy tips below on how to coil a climbing rope. Tips for Coiling a Climbing Rope 1. Grab both ends of your climbing rope with one hand. Pull it over your head and drape it across your shoulders. 2. Lightly grab the rope between your thumb and index finger and pull the rope back across your shoulders the other way. 3. Continue […]

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Why Your Mom Was Wrong About Hiking With Strangers

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Never take candy from strangers (except on Halloween), don’t talk to strangers and sure as heck don’t meet a stranger from the internet. Those are probably things your mother has told you. Your mom was only trying to protect you and there are definitely enough news headlines to warrant that sense of worry. Here’s another way to look at it – A stranger is just a friend who you haven’t met yet. Well, regardless of what my mom says, I’ve been meeting internet strangers in real life. Most of those times I’ve wandered deep into the woods with them too. […]

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Being a Girl in the Backcountry

a girl in the backcountry

This post is for the ladies…or the few guys out there willing to take a few minutes to read it just for a better understanding of the women in their life! I won’t go all “girl power” on you, but there are a few things that women get to deal with in the backcountry that men would never consider…so let’s address those issues! Pretty Faces: Is it okay to wear make-up in the backcountry? I swear there are usually only two takes on this: heck yes and absolutely not! Personally I’d like to add the “do whatever you want” option. Because, […]

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Mystery Destination: Our Newest National Monument

Maystery Mountains

Nothing is better than wide open spaces close to home. These types of forests, parks and monuments give people a place to enjoy the outdoors and take small and large adventures. The President recently named a new National Monument. Did you catch the news? If not, read the clues below and see if you can guess this week’s Mystery Destination, also known as our newest national monument. More than 15 million people live within a 90-minute drive of this area. Beyond outdoor recreational opportunities, this area is also home to several archeological and culturally significant sites. Visitors to this mountain […]

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Newton Brand Spotlight, Review and Giveaway!

Newton

There’s no debate that the running shoe revolution has kicked into high gear over the past decade. As the sport’s participation numbers soar, a handful of smaller companies have risen up to challenge traditional notions about running shoe design. Runners have responded with a willingness to experiment and embrace technology, and a quick glance at the variety of shoe shapes found on roads, trails and in triathlon transition areas proves that innovative shoes are gaining traction. Since launching in 2007, Newton’s growth has been largely through word-of-mouth. As co-founder Danny Abshire explains, the Boulder, Colorado-based company’s goal from the start […]

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Angelyne The Amazing Deaf Cattle Dog

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We’ve had a new model posing for photos on the Sierra Trading Post site. She’s been attracting crowds of people everywhere she goes. She’s not just a great model. Angelyne the amazing deaf cattle dog is an inspiration. Eric Melvin picked Angelyne out of a litter of Australian cattle dogs without knowing just how special she was. After a short time together, Eric discovered Angelyne was born completely deaf. While most people see disability as something that slows you down or prevents you from greatness, Eric believes that when compassion meets resilience, anything is possible. Angelyne now knows more than 60 […]

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