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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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Yoga for Beginners: Three Building Blocks to Rock Your Practice

Yoga poses

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

Climbers Workout

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

sleeping pads

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

active dogs

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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Yoga Stretches for Runners

Yoga

“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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Tips for Living a Balanced Life

balanced life

Life is busy, not easy at times, and working 24/7 is not good for anyone. One of life’s greatest challenges is finding a perfect balance of work to play ratio. We have heard how time spent outdoors contributes to a healthy well-being and the positive impact nature and fitness have on our lives. Disconnecting, taking a walk outside, trail running, skiing, hiking, and any other outdoor pursuit can be good for you: mind, body, and soul. The point is that you just need to get out there and do the activity that works for you, alleviates your stress, exercises your […]

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