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.

Find Adventure in Everyday Life

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**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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A Girl, Two Dogs and the Open Road

Dog Road Trip

Instead of flying, I recently drove 2,900 miles from Seattle to Las Vegas and back for a pet conference. It was an easy choice. It’s really expensive to fly with dogs, a person can only fly with one in-cabin dog (I have two) and I love road trips. I didn’t have an agenda for our trip other than I knew we had to be in Las Vegas in 5 days. With only a few stops in mind, I headed out for a mostly spontaneous road trip. Going without a plan meant I could change the route we drove on a […]

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Tips for Fun in the Sun at the Beach


With temperatures reaching 90+, summer’s here in Florida even though the actual start of summer isn’t until June 21st. Where’s my favorite place to be during the summer? The beach! Here are a few tips to make sure you have some fun in the sun at the beach. Planning is key and loads of other people are going to have the same thing on their mind as you. Make sure you get to the beach early, so no partying the night before. A late night out could mean a bad parking spot on the beach (if beach driving’s allowed) or […]

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Celebrate Father’s Day and Outdoor Dads

Father's Day

Think back to your earliest childhood memory in the outdoors. Now think about all of the outdoor things you did as a child. Who was there? Who took you outside and taught you to love the outdoors? Was it your dad? For most people, their father is the first person to teach them about the outdoors. Maybe your father taught you how to put a worm on a hook, took you camping for the first time or taught you how to ride a bicycle. In my case, my family has photos of me washing dishes at a campsite at about […]

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