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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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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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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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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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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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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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