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You Want to Run Your First Half-Marathon?

Train for a half-marathon

So you want to run your first half-marathon. Good—I’m glad. It’s every runner’s first “real” running accomplishment and it’s the high mileage gatekeeper. Before you set out on your own or go signing up for your first half-marathon, read these training tips to ensure your best chance at finishing. 1. Give yourself adequate time to actually train for a half-marathon. Listen to your body and plan accordingly. More advanced runners might only need six to eight weeks to prepare for a half-marathon. Consider taking a couple extra weeks to prepare. I gave myself 10 weeks and did just fine (I […]

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5 Core Exercises That Will Take Your Adventures to the Next Level

Core Exercises

  Wouldn’t it be great if the description of our day jobs included daily tasks of the following? Runs rocky trails in the mountains Scopes out the best runs on the slope Personally researches best trails for mountain biking Finds the best backcountry ground for snowboarding Talk about a killer resume! Alas, for most of us, our 9-5 tasks involve sitting at a desk, in front of a computer. Some of us even get to tack on an extra hour or two of additional sitting during that lovely commute. My point is that as a society, we sit. A lot. […]

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How to Rock a Staycation

sailing staycation

It’s the end of summer and you want to go out with a bang before the kids are back in school and don’t have a lot of time or money to take an ultra-planned getaway? Well, knock it out in your hometown and have an awesome end of summer staycation you won’t soon forget or regret. With long, warm days still a plenty spend as much time outdoors as you can. Stop dreaming about your next BIG trip and live like it’s that BIG trip now, at home. Many of us love planning our getaway to travel and escape our […]

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Hiking Safely in the Heat with Kids

Summer hiking with kids

Hiking in the summer months is beautiful, epic, and something I recommend for everyone.  However, the heat of the summer is also nothing to be taken lightly, especially with kids.  They’re less able to be aware of what their body needs, are more susceptible to heat problems, and seldom have the capacity to let someone else know if there is an issue. Children’s smaller bodies generate more heat for the same amount of activity and they sweat less. Most important to note – the younger the child, the less developed the internal heat-regulating system. Just like adults, children need to […]

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3 Ways Outdoor Adventures are Easier as the Kids Get Older

easy outdoor adventures with kids

My kids are elementary age, 10 and 7, and we have had plenty of outdoor adventures over the years. We’ve camped, hiked, swam, and explored the world around us. Some of those outings have been hard, difficult, and a few have been plain torture. However; as with anything in life, you live and learn. We have had equally as many wonderful times spent outside and that always makes the effort totally worth it. As the children have grown, I have too. I’ve learned their personalities and temperaments. What works for one child doesn’t necessarily work for the other. Our current […]

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How to Find Dog Friendly Trails

dog friendly trails

I love hiking with my dogs. In fact, I very rarely hike in places they aren’t allowed. Hiking with a dog means that, in some areas, I have to search a little harder to find a good trail because not all of them are dog friendly. In Washington State, where I live, the Washington Trails Association has created one of the most comprehensive online trail guides available. The site lists every designated trail in Washington and they are accompanied by detailed descriptions, trail stats, and a note about whether they are dog friendly or not. All of the trails have […]

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Ecotourism Myths: Busted

ecotourism

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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How to Hang Food in the Backcountry

how to hang your food

If you are going to spend a night in the backcountry, you need to know how to store your food correctly. Improperly stored food often results in bears becoming accustomed to humans… and often ending up being shot. Keeping food, and odoriferous objects (like toothpaste or deodorant) in your tent can land you with nighttime visitors, big and small. Even in areas where there are no bears, you can end up going hungry thanks to opportunist raccoons, mice and other hungry critters. Aside from parks that require bear canisters, or areas where there are no trees, your best (and safest […]

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How to Discover Local Trails in Your Area

Finding Trails

Can you remember the first time you set foot on a trail? Whether you were hiking, biking, running, or snowshoeing, there’s just something memorable about experiencing your first ever #trailtime. I fell in love with the trails when I first visited Rocky Mountain National Park 4 years ago. At the time, I was living in Illinois, and had never experienced the beauty of the mountainous West. Upon returning from that trip, I felt a pull, as if the mountains were calling me back to them to come and play. Naturally, several more vacations were taken to Colorado, and eventually, the […]

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