Healthy Living

Bike Touring Essentials

Bike Touring Essentials

One of the most amazing ways to explore the world is by bike touring – that is, using your bicycle as your means of transport over an extended distance and period of time while carrying your gear on your bike. It’s kind of like backpacking — you’ll be sleeping outside [...]

Turn Injury Into Advantage: Core Training Tips from Nordic Champion Kikkan Randall

Turn Injury Into Advantage: Core Training Tips from Nordic Champion Kikkan Randall

With the unfortunate diagnosis of a stress fracture to the second metatarsus in 2012, World Cup Nordic Champion Kikkan Randall spent much of the summer in a cast and was limited in her workout choices even as the first races of the 2013 race season approached.

Five Reasons Skiing Slays Depression

Five Reasons Skiing Slays Depression

Vitamin D Studies are showing that the link between vitamin D and happiness is stronger than we ever thought, but you don’t need science to tell you how sublime it is to feel the sun on your skin in the middle of winter. If a fifteen-minute walk outside provides enough [...]

Want to Get Paid to Fight Wildland Fires?

Want to Get Paid to Fight Wildland Fires?

Every summer, thousands of people leave the city behind to take part in a time-honored American tradition: wildland firefighting. This seasonal profession is ideal for men and women who enjoy spending (a lot of) time outdoors,

How to Take Care of Your Leather Boots

How to Take Care of Your Leather Boots

As someone who takes a certain pleasure in maintaining and caring for my possessions, it appalls me to see so many people letting their hiking boots dry out, rot, and fall apart.  

5 Ways to Get The Love of Your Life Outside for Valentine’s Day

5 Ways to Get The Love of Your Life Outside for Valentine’s Day

If there is one question that baffles outdoorsmen, it is the question of how to get their ladies to enjoy the outdoors. Many folks are lucky to have such an outdoorsy partner, but some have to work a little harder. One obvious, but rarely practiced secret, is to bring romance [...]

How To Perform A Compression Test to Study Snowpack Stability

How To Perform A Compression Test to Study Snowpack Stability

As in all aspects of life, knowledge is power.  But in the world of backcountry recreation, knowledge might very well mean the difference between life and death.

Top 7 Most Scenic Marathons

Top 7 Most Scenic Marathons

Training for and running a marathon requires physical stamina, mental dedication and emotional strength.  Thousands of marathons occur annually, but only a select few have with jaw-dropping views.

Four Extreme Snow Sports You’ve Never Tried

Four Extreme Snow Sports You’ve Never Tried

If you, like me, have lived in an area where you get more than 6 months of winter each year, you may have found yourself looking for something new. You’ve snowboarded. You’ve skied, both Alpine and Cross Country. You’ve tried randonée skiing or telemarking. You alpine snowboarded. You’ve tele-boarded. You’ve mono-skied. You’ve [...]

The author nears the finish line of the Vail Uphill run, the last leg of the Ultimate Mountain Challenge.

6 Things I Learned at the Vail Winter Mountain Games

Panting for air and slapping my gloved hands against my chest, I looked up the snow-covered, rocky ravine and willed myself to take one…more…step. It was day two of the Ultimate Mountain Challenge, a three-day competition composed of a 10-kilometer Nordic ski race, a marathon-length Ski Mountaineering contest and a [...]