Showing posts from July, 2018

Angela Maxwell Is Walking Around the World for Women

On May 2, 2014, with $12,000 saved, Angela Maxwell left her best friend’s home in Bend, Oregon, to start a five-year walk around the world. There’s no pre-approved path for the small ranks of pedestrian circumnavigators, the dozen or so people who’ve claimed they’ve walked around the world —so Maxwell devised her own route. She traveled the 175 miles to Portland, and then across western Australia. She next headed to Vietnam, where she hiked 60 miles from Da Nang to Hue and then spent three weeks recovering from dengue fever. A year into her circumnavigation, she arrived in Mongolia. One night, a two weeks’ hike from Mongolia’s capital city of Ulaanbaatar, in a valley surrounded by mountains, a stranger entered her tent and raped her. “It was the moment that every woman is afraid of before they go out into the world,” the 37-year-old former business consultant says. After the attack—“it was over in minutes,” Maxwell says—her assailant left. Maxwell packed her gear, hiked a few miles

A summers day in good ole Texas

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Nice mirror off the water

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Trekking in Dolpo Region Nepal

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Flying makes her frisky. My wife runs off the hill overlooking Bucaramanga Colombia.

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Third Tunnel at the Elroy-Sparta trail in Wisconsin

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Swan Creek

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Twin lakes, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Rockie Mt, UT [OC]. It's worth the hike;)

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View of South Ridge on the top of Mt. Superior in Utah. Absolutely amazing short but intense hike/long but easy climb

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Snowboard With Wheels: Watch ‘Mountainboard’ Documentary

A ragtag team in the U.K. has been jerry-rigging flat boards with all-terrain wheels for years. This video highlights the fascinating culture of mountainboarding. Watch and learn where the sport started, how the boards are made, and what’s next. This documentary, “Mountainboard – ‘Like Snowboarding But With Wheels,'” was created by Amon Shaw. The post Snowboard With Wheels: Watch ‘Mountainboard’ Documentary appeared first on GearJunkie . from GearJunkie

Lifestyle Outdoor: 5 Stylish Releases From OR Show

Technical puffy jackets and ice axes may get you to the top of the mountain, but sometimes you just want to look good. This is Outdoors In Style, GearJunkie’s own weekly outdoor lifestyle column. Outdoor Retailer is where brands showcase next year’s gear. Some debut bold, out-of-the-blue releases while others stay true to their roots. GearJunkie was on site in Denver scouring the trade show for technical and core gear. (You can read about that in our “ Best In Show ” article.) But we also kept our ears and eyes open for trends in the ever-emerging lifestyle space. Brands collaborated, used flashy colors, and blasted house music from the tops of hotels in downtown Denver. Most releases from Outdoor Retailer will hit the shelves in 2019. But beyond the availability of the products, the items showcase trends from big outdoor brands. Delta X: Mammut Launches Urban Streetwear A group of 12 models stood frozen in an open circle from the rooftop of Le Meridian in downtown Denver. Onlo

Opinions needed from outdoor recreation lovers!

Hello, I am currently operating a glamping tent--it's a big bell tent with a real mattress and more-- in my yard on airbnb. It is located in a big city so I thought it'd be a good idea to attract people who like outdoor activities yet still want to explore the city. I also thought it'd be a good experience for locals to have some sort of camping experience nearby. Many of my guests have told me that they are very outdoorsy and there have been many road trippers or local people who wanted to have a special experience for the night have come. This has gotten me to think of another idea and made me wonder if those people who love outdoor recreations like you would choose to stay at places like this over a regular short rental room like those on airbnb, if there were more tents or yurts in backyards available like this. Please share your opinions on it! Thank you :) submitted by /u/allmyfavsrtaken [link] [comments] from Outdoors

Your Daily Wisconsin Outdoor News Update – July 31, 2018

A little R&R [OC]

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Red sky at night..

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Sunset over a fishing lake

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Scandal on Everest: Fake Permits Issued to Climbers

I think I heard something get killed last night.

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Your Daily Minnesota Outdoor News Update – July 31, 2018

One-Bike Rack: Rocky Mounts MonoRail Solo Reviewed

Is one really the loneliest number? We tested Rocky Mount’s new MonoRail Solo hitch rack to find out. A one-bike rack seems strange until you notice the number of cars shuttling about town with a single bike on board. I’m of that ilk. Given my busy schedule and preference for solitary rides, I don’t often fill my rack. There haven’t been many rack options for lone wolf riders until now. For 2018, we’re spoiled for choice with three new racks on the market, including the Rocky Mounts MonoRail Solo . The Solo is essentially the popular two-bike MonoRail — cut it in half. But the Rocky Mounts team added as much as they took away. Like most tray-style racks, the Solo fits everything from 20-inch BMX bikes to 5-inch fatbikes. For those of us prone to get a little fussy if something scratches our bikes, the clamp arm doesn’t touch the frame and only contacts the front tire. Most importantly, it holds a bike securely. At 25 pounds, it’s light and easy to schlepp around when not mounte

Blackfish tournament highlights the diversity of modern bass-fishing techniques

Dumb (maybe) question about boots

Hi guys! So I've done my fair share of hiking and camping but always seem to end up with blisters on my heels. I've tried different pairs of boots, different socks, different ways of lacing my boot up, but nothing really seems to solve the issue. I was out buying shoes a few days ago, and when my feet got measured I noticed that one (my right) is between a 10 and 10.5, while the other (the left) is between 10.5 and 11. For reference, I currently own a size 11 boot. If we were to break sizes down further, I would say my right is like 10.2 where my left is 10.7. I was thinking about this more and I'm fairly certain I always end up getting blisters on my right heel, which may be a result of wearing a boot half a size too big. Usually a 10.5 feels fine on my right foot, but my left foot doesn't fit, so I end up with an 11. Am I just going to have to buy two pairs of differently sized boots to solve this issue? Does anyone have any experience with this? submitted by

Exploring Elafonisi Island : Crete, Greece

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The Gruesome Realities of Overheating (and How to Prevent Them)

Windsurfing or Kiteboarding?

I have been kayaking for a few years now and I've seen a few people at the lake doing windsurfing and kiteboarding and they both seem super fun. What should I know when trying to decide which hobby to get into, seems like they both will take $1500-2000 to get a decent start up, which is what I did with my kayak. I live in DFW area so I will mainly be doing water sports in the lakes around that. submitted by /u/Zanlak [link] [comments] from Outdoors

7 Life Lessons From Winning the Race Across America

It’s not simply a matter of what it takes to win a 3,000-mile bike race. It’s about what winning the Race Across America grants you in ‘real life.’ Just as France has the Tour, the United States has the Race Across America (RAAM). While both events pose grueling 3,000-mile courses and demand extraordinary conditioning, RAAM is an entirely different animal. Unlike the Tour de France, the annual RAAM is no stage race. Instead, individuals and teams pedal round the clock to cross the country, riding from southern California to the East Coast. And this year Fat Chance, America’s four-person, mixed-gender team won its category, officially finishing the 3,029.8-mile trek in 6 days, 9 hours, 33 minutes. How on Earth do you pedal across the U.S. in less than a week?! Fat Chance team member Patrick Sweeney told GearJunkie what he learned on his epic ride. Race Across America: 7 Life Lessons Learned A self-proclaimed “Fear Guru,” Sweeney is an author, entrepreneur, and motivational speak

Exploring the island of Elafonisi in Crete, Greece

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Burn Calories, Power Lights: Sustainable Goals Revive ‘Eco-Gym’ Concept

Outdoor Retailer Environmental Friendly Product Award Winners

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First visit to Punderson doesn’t disappoint

Have bike, will travel to hunting spots

Top 10 Backwoods Camping Equipment You Can Get On For $25 Or Less

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ATV Kauai

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‘Projections in the Forest’

Peloton Is Going Big—or About to Bust

“What’s up, hustlers! I’m Robin, this is DJ John Michael, and welcome to this 45-minute live DJ ride!” Robin Arzon is already pumping her legs on the stationary bike, facing the class dead-on while John Michael bobs in place next to her, queuing up music. “We are gonna bring you so many good vibes, and if you are joining us for the first time, wow-wow, welcome.” Arzon looks and sounds thrilled that you’re here, talking fast and beaming while she launches into rapid-fire instruction. She runs you through the three most important metrics of the spin class—cadence, resistance, and output—never losing breath or rhythm. Her class, however, is happening on a screen, and the participants are strapped in and ready to ride in their own living rooms. This is Peloton , a six-year-old company valued at $1.25 billion that provides virtual cycling classes and has developed a cultlike following, seemingly able to get just about anyone on board after their first ride. Its customer base covers a hug

Pedaling Kyrgyzstan’s Silk Road

16 Kid-Friendly Things to Do at National Parks

Why Dive Watches Can Go Deeper than Nuclear Submarines

In 1953, Swiss brand Blancpain released the first purpose-built diving watch. Built to specifications laid out by the French Navy’s combat swimmer unit, it was dubbed the Fifty Fathoms , a reference to the depth thought to be the deepest a diver could safely go using scuba gear, around 300 feet. A few years ago, Blancpain, still in the business, released a new version, the 500 Fathoms , rated for an abyssal depth of—you guessed it—3,000 feet. This is roughly three times farther below the surface of the sea than the deepest scuba dive on record. And Blancpain is hardly an outlier: every other notable maker of dive watches now pushes models capable of tolerating water pressure that no human will ever be able to tolerate without a submarine. Why? The full answer invites a look back at the origins of diving itself. In the early years of underwater exploration, divers wore bronze helmets, surviving on air that was pumped down to them from the surface through a gurgling hose. With the in

Actually, the Classic Wristwatch Will Always Be Popular

Half a mile offshore and 80 feet deep in the Gulf of California, I hover transfixed by a seven-foot bull shark that circles in and out of the murky near distance. My dive buddy and I had intended to explore a steep rock pinnacle here, but the toothy predator has held our attention since we dropped in 30 minutes earlier. A glance at my pressure gauge tells me I have plenty of air in my scuba tank. But at this depth my time is limited unless I want to pause for decompression stops on my return to the surface, and the thought of hanging out above an active bull shark isn’t appealing. I check my wrist dive computer to see how long I have until I need to start ascending. The LCD screen is blank. A failing dive computer is both an annoyance and a reminder of the merits of the mechanical wristwatch, the triumph of springs and gears over silicon circuit boards and lithium batteries. Despite the many features offered by smart watches—activity tracking, notifications, heart rate, GPS navigatio

What You Should and Shouldn't Eat Before a Run

Whether you’re a neighborhood jogger or an ultramarathoner, fueling right will help you get the most out of every mile. Eating well before you run can prevent sudden fatigue mid-workout (aka hypoglycemia, or bonking) and can have a direct impact on your performance. “What you eat will help you through the run by either building your glycogen stores for a workout later or boosting blood sugar for a workout in the short term,” says nutritionist Amy Shapiro, founder of Real Nutrition NYC . As you start to increase your mileage, your body requires extra fuel—and eating right gets even more important. Foods to Avoid Before a Run Foods high in fat, fiber, and protein are best avoided right before you hit the pavement or trail. “Too much fat or protein before a run can cause cramping or tiredness, as your body will be spending energy on digestion instead of running,” Shapiro explains. High-fiber foods can also lead to GI distress and cramping because they are hard to fully digest, so they

Dating in Mountain Towns Is the Ultimate Crapshoot

When I moved from Los Angeles to Montana in my mid-twenties, I became well acquainted with the clichés of mountain-town dating, went through a period of swinging singledom, and then met the man I thought I might marry. Years later, we became each other’s greatest heartbreak. I emerged in my thirties to the same small-town dating scene of my twenties and found it no longer fit what I was looking for. Unlike much of the ski-town crowd, I don’t live in a van or a tiny home (although I’ve been known to live out of the back of my truck for weeklong stints). I’m a classic weekend warrior, generally working full-time as a freelance writer and marketer. I like to have money in my bank account and an adult home, and I tend to choose a nice bottle of wine over a night at the bar these days. I chase winter, but I put down roots where I land instead of blowing through in a hedonistic storm. I want a mountain man who’s similarly mature, adventurous, and self-sufficient (did I mention employed?).

The Official 2018 Outside Tour de France Awards

The lead-out to this year’s Tour de France was dark, with 2017 champion and prohibitive favorite Chris Froome caught up in a protracted doping investigation over his use of an asthma medication. But despite the cloud of scandal, plus a few favorites crashing out early and none of the high-horsepower sprinters making it over the mountains, the 2018 Tour de France was the most hotly contested and thrilling edition in years. Until the final time trial— which was decided by a single second —three riders were within two minutes and 37 seconds of the Yellow Jersey with the final two spots on the podium still up for grabs. There was “grinta” galore, lunatic descending, reckless attacking, and, ultimately, a new champion, Welshman Geraint Thomas, a rider who wasn’t even on most people’s dark horse list. Here are our picks for the best and worst of July’s chase for yellow. Best Medieval Torture Device: Cobblestones With an eye toward upping the drama of non-mountain stages, organizers packed