Articles written by: Alison Hudson

Why Leadership Matters on Personal Trips

Why Leadership Matters on Personal Trips

Personal trips are meant to be fun and relaxing. It’s a chance to have a few days days or weeks of freedom from the rules and restraints of the rest of your life. For these reasons, most people don’t give leadership a second thought when it comes to making plans [...]

6 Things to Know About Skeleton Racing

6 Things to Know About Skeleton Racing

There are less than fifty days until the start of the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The Winter Olympics are especially exciting because so many of the events include traveling at high speeds on either ice or snow. Luge and bobsled events always attract a lot of attention, but the [...]

6 Tips for Working in Outdoor Education

6 Tips for Working in Outdoor Education

It’s easy to romanticize working outdoors: what isn’t to love about being paid to travel? But it isn’t always that simple. Seasons ends, the work dries up, and then what? If you’re considering a career in outdoor education, or even just giving it a try for a few years, here [...]

Hot or Cold? The Science Behind Body Temperature

Hot or Cold? The Science Behind Body Temperature

Winter is upon us: the days are short, the temperatures have dropped, and in many parts of the country, ski season is in full swing. It’s time to unpack puffy jackets and fleece hats and start layering. In the winter, I wear a lot of layers, but even that doesn’t [...]

6 Things You Didn’t Know About the Biathlon

6 Things You Didn’t Know About the Biathlon

Perhaps you’ve heard of the biathlon–the combination ski/shooting event in the winter Olympics. In America, the biathlon has never gained much popularity (some people think it’s an abridged version of the triathlon), but in Europe it’s one of the most popular sports on television (actually the most popular winter sport [...]

Certifications: What to Consider

Certifications: What to Consider

SPI, WFA, SRT, BASAR, SCUBA…These are just a few of the myriad certifications marketed to people who work and recreate outdoors. Certifications can feel like a blackhole, slowly sucking in all of your time and money, but not all certifications are created equally. Here are some certifications that are worth [...]

6 New England Hikes for Fall

6 New England Hikes for Fall

Fall is rapidly approaching, which means three things in New England: more comfortable temperatures, fewer tourists, and stunning foliage. Take advantage of the changing conditions by trying one of these classic New England hikes: Greeley Ponds, New Hampshire This straightforward out-and-back trail winds through an old growth forest in the [...]

6 Reasons to Try Sea Kayaking

6 Reasons to Try Sea Kayaking

In the world of paddle sports, whitewater kayaking is glamorous and hardcore, stand up paddleboarding is trendy, but sea kayaking? It remains somewhat of a redheaded stepchild, until now. Here are six reasons to give sea kayaking a chance: Rolling Sure, you can roll in a whitewater kayak, but executing [...]

6 Hardest Mountain Bike Races

6 Hardest Mountain Bike Races

With the Tour de France underway, cycling is back in the media and people are glued to their televisions, marveling over the course’s steep ascents and the impressive crash footage. While the Tour de France is quite the challenge, does it take riders over 17,000 Himalayan passes or through the [...]

Camping in Grizzly Country: Bear Fences

Camping in Grizzly Country: Bear Fences

If you’ve camped in bear country, then you’re probably familiar with the hassle of hanging a bear bag. First, there’s the difficulty of finding a sturdy tree, preferably one with long, straight limbs. In some regions, this just isn’t a possibility. Then there’s the throw, which you invariably miss the [...]