Dec 12, 2012

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The 11th Essential: Dr. Bronner’s and 6 Reasons Why It’s the Most Amazing Thing Ever

The 11th Essential: Dr. Bronner’s and 6 Reasons Why It’s the Most Amazing Thing Ever

If you’ve never entered the church of Bronner’s, you owe it to yourself to sit down in one of it’s pews and listen to what the good doctor has to say. It’s the soap of the outdoor community. First, it’s all natural, so you can use it outside without worry that you’re harming the environment. Second, it smells great, especially the Peppermint flavor, and only a few drops produce a fearsome amount of lather.

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Dec 11, 2012

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The Local’s Guide to Doing “A Season”

The Local’s Guide to Doing “A Season”

So you’ve quit your job, hopefully saved up a bit of money, and made the commitment to make skiing or snowboarding your priority for an entire winter.  Gold star, champ – you’ve crossed over to the other side.  You are escaping the rat race, if only for a few months, to “do a season”.

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Dec 11, 2012

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Reasons to NOT Rest Your Climbing Injury

Reasons to NOT Rest Your Climbing Injury

As you well know, you sender of rad, you conqueror of gnarr, sickness and injury are 99% figments of the imagination. To honor your weakness would only be to encourage it. If you skip a few sessions to tend to your tendons, what would be next? Slippery slope, friend.

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Dec 10, 2012

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How To Tell if You’re a Stereotypical Outdoors(wo)man

How To Tell if You’re a Stereotypical Outdoors(wo)man

If you are sitting in a local cafe, drinking rooibos, and reading Edward Abbey, then this article may be too late for you. Becoming an outdoor cliche can be tough. And while some people embrace the lifestyle and dedicate their entire existence to living off the land, there are many of us that fall between the cracks. What if you like the occasional weekend hike?

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Dec 7, 2012

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A Friendly Reminder for Stoners in Colorado and Washington

A Friendly Reminder for Stoners in Colorado and Washington

During the November 2012 election, voters in two U.S. states – Colorado and Washington – approved legislation that effectively overturned regulations concerning the usage and possession of marijuana. Colorado’s Amendment 64 and Washington’s Initiative 502 both allow any resident 21 years or older to purchase up to an ounce of marijuana from a designated pot dispensary

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Dec 7, 2012

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7 Best Combined Sports

7 Best Combined Sports

The age of exploration has ended.  Beardy men in wool knickers no longer have new corners of the globe to “discover.”  We are officially running out of new things to do outside.  But this is America dammit, and we refuse to let go of our pioneering spirit.

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Dec 6, 2012

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10 Ways to Use a Swiss Army Knife

10 Ways to Use a Swiss Army Knife

The only thing I have ever used my Swiss Army knife for is to open bottles of alcohol. Occasionally I get crazy and slice fruitwhile on the trail and one time I did use the tweezers to remove cactus spines from my hands and face. And by “I,” I mean my mom because I was five and I hugged a cactus. Whatever, no big deal. Happens all the time. Not the point of the story.

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Dec 6, 2012

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From Dandy to Dirtbag: Climbing Clothing Throughout the Ages

From Dandy to Dirtbag: Climbing Clothing Throughout the Ages

When Jacques Balmat made the first ascent of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the alps, he looked pretty dapper. There he is in the painting below, wearing his breaches, out for a dandy stroll. For a second, I’d like you to

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Dec 5, 2012

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5 Snowboarders Who Sustained Brutal Injuries (and Survived)

5 Snowboarders Who Sustained Brutal Injuries (and Survived)

In 2008, The Centers for Disease Control reported that more people are injured while snowboarding than during any other outdoor activity. Furthermore, the National Ski Areas Association recently noted that more than 400 snowboarding fatalities have occurred during the last decade. Any experienced boarder will attest to the inherent danger of this popular pastime – but these real-life survival stories are nothing short of miraculous.

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Dec 3, 2012

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The Dirtbag Gourmand: 5 Cheap Meals to Make on the Road

The Dirtbag Gourmand: 5 Cheap Meals to Make on the Road

A tip to all the epicures out there: Never develop a passion for outdoor adventure. Exploring the wild will charge your life with cosmic meaning, you’ll lose lots of weight and meet lots of cool people – but it’ll hamstring your quest for gustatory pleasure. There’s no fresh baked bread or foie gras in the wilderness. If you can’t learn to live with eating oatmeal and peanut butter everyday, you would be wise to stick to the city.

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