Category Archives: Outdoor Adventures

Share real life experiences about enjoying the great outdoors on the Sierra Social Hub. You’ll gain first hand experience from real outdoor adventures and expeditions such as day hikes, backpacking trips, cycling races, rock climbing mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding and even family adventures for children. Be ready to be inspired to get outside and enjoy nature with kids or on your own.

3 Fun Activities You Can Enjoy With Your Dog This Fall

Fall dog adventures

Summer is short. In many cases, the best season for summer sports like hiking, paddleboarding and biking may only be a few months long. Before you know it, fall has arrived and you feel like you didn’t have as much outdoor fun as you wanted. Fall is sometimes seen as a “throwaway season” between summer and winter. Summer activities aren’t as easy and comfortable to do and the time for winter sports is not yet here. However, with a little extra preparation, you and your dog can enjoy some of your favorite summer activities well into fall. 1) Hiking Hiking […]

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Try Multigenerational Hiking for a Fun Adventure the Entire Family Will Love

hiking with family

Spending time together outside strengthens family bonds, promotes a healthy lifestyle, and can be an outing that is good for the pocket book. If you love the outdoors and you love your family, it only makes sense to enjoy each other’s company in nature. Hiking together is one such way to bond outdoors. Bring all generations together and go take a hike. Hiking is highly subjective and each person should “hike their own hike.” The same goes with your family. Some of you may be seasoned backpackers and plan a multi-day trip as a family and others just want to […]

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Fears of Hiking: Avoid These Excuses

common fears of hiking

When I first started hiking and the question, “So what’d you do this weekend?” came up from co-workers, the answer was inevitably met with a series of concerned follow-up questions implying my sanity was not up to snuff. “Aren’t you worried about getting lost?” they’d ask. Or “What happens if you break your leg out there?” or “What about the grizzly bears that ride mountain lions and throw rattlesnakes at people?” I asked some of my outdoorsy friends – from novices to experts – which mental blocks most often keep new hikers from hitting the trail … and why they’re […]

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4 Reasons to Love Hiking in the Fall

hiking in fall

This past weekend, I hiked into Rocky Mountain National Park to climb some peaks. I was surprised to find the hillsides covered in yellow and orange leaves. That’s when I realized something amazing, autumn had arrived in the mountains. Fall hiking is my favorite – here’s a few reasons why. 1. Fall Colors – This is kind of obvious but nothing is as beautiful as the yellow, orange and red colors on the mountains. Grab your camera and go check out the beautiful fall colors. 2. Cool Weather – Sometimes you just don’t want to sweat. Cool fall days allow […]

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5 Best Free Activities in Denver

Denver, CO

The mornings are growing cooler and the kids have packed up their backpacks and headed to school. However, that doesn’t mean that summer is completely gone! There is still time to nab a few fun weekends in the sun before the snow begins to fall, and we’re here to help. Read on for some favorite Denver activities that will keep your family smiling and your wallet happy. Red Rocks Amphitheater Sure, the concert tickets may be pricey but visiting the renowned venue is free! Red Rocks is located west of Denver in the small town of Morrison. Dozens of trails […]

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Epic Micro Adventures – What to do when plans fail

packrafting adventures

Life doesn’t always cooperate with one’s adventure goals, so when your multi-day adventure plans fail what do you do? You take those big plans and you create an EPIC Micro Adventure. A few months ago, I wrote an article on how to fill your life with adventures, not dreams, and since then a lot of my own adventure plans had to be sidelined by a series of obstacles. Our house was broken into and all our family time was taken up between fixing the damage and moving everyone across to the new place. I was starting to feel defeated as […]

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What Type of Outdoor Adventurer Are You?

Outdoor Adventurer Quiz

You love the outdoors, you’re up for an adventure from time to time but do you really know what type of outdoor adventurer you are? Take this quick quiz to find out.   1. Packing for a camping trip, you’d never forget to bring: A. A hotel room key. B. A big tent, camp chair and hiking boots. C. A map and compass so you can explore. D. Flint and Steel (because lighters and matches are for newbies). 2. You hop on your bicycle because: A. Your car won’t start. B. It’s a nice day and the paved bike path […]

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30 Minute Glute Workout to Power Your Outdoor Adventures

Glute exercises

Jumping, walking, running, hiking, climbing: what do they have in common aside from being excellent forms of transportation? The same muscle group powers each of the movements: the glutes. Not to mention any sort of powerful rotational movement, quick direction changes, and throwing of any object. Last month we talked about how important having a strong core is to keep your adventuring at its peak performance. Today, let’s discuss how having a strong backside is just as important to keep you good shape on the trails. The glutes are the biggest muscles in your body. They’re a primary mover in […]

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Stop Throwing Away This Easy Fire Starter

Easy Fire Starter

If you’ve been camping, backpacking or simply lighting backyard bonfires, then you know the importance of an easy, lightweight and reliable fire starter. Some campsites don’t have enough dry leaves or pine needles to get the fire started. If you’re like me you don’t like using gas or lighter fluid so you’re always looking for an easy fire starting alternative. Well, listen up because you’ve probably been throwing away a great fire starter. Did you know that dryer lint is quite flammable? It is. Stop throwing away your dryer lint and start saving it up for your next camping trip. […]

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Top 5 YouTube Videos So Far This Year

YouTube Videos

YouTube is a great place to learn how to do something new, learn a new recipe or follow along on an adventure. You can do all of those things on the Sierra Trading Post YouTube Channel. Here are the top 5 YouTube Videos of 2014 (so far) from our channel. 5 Uses for Paracord Learn these five helpful uses for paracord out on the trail. These tips may be really helpful on your next trip into the backcountry. How to Photograph the Night Sky This great how-to video offers up some great outdoor photography tips. You’ll be capturing the night […]

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