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.

Ecotourism Myths: Busted


Ecotourism. It’s one of the new catchphrases in the travel industry with Hollywood celebs frolicking to ecolodges and elephant sanctuaries across the globe. But what is it? In a nutshell, ecotourism is any type of responsible travel to natural areas that helps preserve the environment and the indigenous people. Too complicated? Try this: travel that helps protect both locals and their surroundings. With ecotourism on the rise, questions and myths surround this traveling trend. If you want to try out an ecotrip but aren’t sure what to believe, then check out our busted ecotourism myths below! Myth: Ecotourism only exists […]

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Travel Expectations: When a Trip Doesn’t Go as Expected

Travel expectations

Let’s be honest – when you’re deciding to travel to a new place your number one reason isn’t usually to broaden your already deep understanding of the region and its people – it’s because you were lured in. Maybe it was a YouTube video of someone whitewater rafting down the Colorado River or climbing some monumental slab of vertical rock. Or maybe it was a tourist brochure. Or maybe it was an impossibly detailed HDR rendering of an idyllic wildlife scene that caught your eye while scanning Facebook or Instagram – something that made your brain stop and say, “Oh, […]

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Which is the Best National Park?

National Parks

Whether it’s for the trails, rivers, lakes, mountains or another attraction, public lands can be an amazing place to visit. We’ve featured many different national parks as part of our Mystery Destination Game but now we want to hear from you. Yes, your opinion counts. We want to know what you think is the best national park? Seriously, we want to know what you think. Which is your favorite national park? Do you have special memories of visiting Yellowstone National Park as a kid? Do you have a favorite spot at Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Do you just love […]

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Find Adventure in Everyday Life

sky photo

**This is a guest post from Adam Nutting of Hiking the Trail. Join us at 6pm EDT/3pm PDT Thursday for our weekly #TrailTime Twitter Chat. This week we’re talking about keeping adventure alive!** So many of us who love the great outdoors struggle with a simple little issue that keeps us from getting outdoors as much as possible…life. Where we wrap all of the requirements as adults into a word and simply use it as an excuse. Kids, work, family, friends, money (or lack there of) and time are all fighting for that number one spot on the list. Now, […]

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Food for the Outdoors: #Trailtime Favorites

outdoor food

It doesn’t take long for our weekly #Trailtime Twitter Chat (Thursday 4pm MDT) to turn into a discussion on food for the outdoors. Whether it’s crazy s’mores recipes, bacon wrapped ‘you-name-it’, tacos or post adventure libations, the #Trailtime community loves talking food and drinks. Here on the Sierra Social Hub we’ve done a backpacking meal series and a homemade energy bar series but we thought it’d be fun to ask some other bloggers about their favorite outdoor recipes or tips and tricks for eating delicious meals on outdoor adventures. Follow the below links to check out all of these great […]

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Making the Most of a Long Weekend

Buffalo Creek Trails - Pine, CO

**This is a guest post from Mike Restivo, Mike Off The Map. Join us at 6pm EDT/3pm PDT Thursday for our weekly #TrailTime Twitter Chat. This week we’re talking about making the most of long weekends!** Give a weekend warrior two days and they’ll pull off a first ascent, a mazy trail run, or a spectacularly fast and light thru hike. Give them three days, and they’ll come home with a trip report for the ages. Long weekends are made for adventure. They’re the permission to go the extra mile, push for a second summit, or explore a new fork […]

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How Not to Die While Mountain Biking, and How to Have Fun in the Process


As outdoor enthusiasts, we accept that some of the activities we engage in are inherently risky. Our rewards for taking on that risk can be amazing views, reaching places few others have, and the general satisfaction that comes with pushing our personal limits. Plus, the risk can be part of the fun, and there are ways to minimize risk without compromising the quality of your experience. Mountain biking is one of those outdoor pursuits I put in the “inherently risky” category. Flying through trees, over and around obstacles, and up and down steep hills is a blast, but there’s also […]

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Take a Hike

SoCal Hike

**This is a guest post from Jeff Hester, The SoCal Hiker. Join us at 6pm EDT/3pm PDT Thursday for our weekly #TrailTime Twitter Chat. This week the chat is all about taking a hike.** The alarm on my iPhone jolts me from a deep sleep. It’s 4am, and still dark outside. My body complains audibly as my brain says “Get up, Sleepyhead!” I shuffle through my morning ablutions and feel a tinge of excitement as my body comes back to life and I remember why I’m up so early on a Saturday  — we’re going on a hike! I wash […]

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Hiking in the West: How to Deal With Wildfires

Wildfire Burn Area

When I first moved to California I was more than a little disheartened to leave behind my former seasons of spring, summer, winter, and fall for the new ones – Fire Season and Mud Season. My introduction was swift – just as I was settling into my first L.A. apartment, 15 wildfires blazed throughout Southern California in what local media in true Hollywood fashion called the “2003 Firestorm.”  I remember red skies during the day and cleaning ash off of my car and from inside my windowsills at night. Just a few years later I was on a camping trip […]

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Avoid Unsafe Wildlife Encounters With These Quick Tips

Wildlife fun

This is the time of the year when I am on high alert every time we leave our home in Yellowstone National Park.  Wildlife are everywhere – between calving elk, the bears who are going after those aforementioned calves, and bison, we have a host of potential dangers directly out our front door (quite literally).  It’s enough to frazzle this mama’s nerves as I go on walks and bike rides with my three young children (two of which are often on their own bikes, furthering the fact that they are out of my control). While living in a National Park […]

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