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Mima Mounds, Olympia, WA (USA) 05/27/19

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Sometimes it’s about the destination. Blue Pool, Or

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Humming bird nest in a plum tree.

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Stacks at Emerald Bay, CA

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Minden, Nevada, just over the Sierras. Gorgeous country.

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Glad to be walking - it’s not much but after the 2nd bone fusion in my feet, over two years and two feet, I’m thrilled to be on my porch with a cold beer. Today a candle. Soon, a campfire. Today I walk. Soon, a dam release and a raft that needs to crash through whitewater. JustDadThings.

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Enjoying outdoors

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COLORADO CLOUDS AT DUSK (IPHONE XR)

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Black bridge, South Kiabab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona USA.

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beautiful hike at alum cave trail today in the smokies (tennessee)

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The Tetons are Grand 🗻

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Trail Ridge Road opened to Milner Pass today! Rocky Mountain National Park

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Quick photo

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Morning frost storm

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A sleepy painted turtle, out enjoying the sun today, on the White River, in WI.

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Rocky Mountain National Park looking amazing this time of year!

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Sledding season is t over at 7000 ft

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Fishing

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I’m getting paid to do this right now

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How to Treat and Prevent Tick Bites

Never Camp in a Campground Again

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Maybe it’s just me, but noisy neighbors, overflowing dumpsters, and smelly bathrooms combine to represent the exact opposite of the experience I’m looking for when I camp. But campgrounds aren’t intimidating and make spending a night outdoors as easy as possible. Is there some way you can leave them behind without sacrificing convenience? This is my attempt to give you the tools you need to leave crowded sites behind forever.Where Should You Go?The other week, I wrote a basic guide to understanding and using all the different types of public lands. The relevant thing to this discussion is that while we’re drawn to the iconic attractions found in national parks, camping is often easier and more fun in the National Forest and Bureau of Land Management acreage that surrounds those parks.On that less regulated land, camping is typically permitted pretty much anywhere, with some basic guidelines I’ll cover below; you’re free to just go find a pretty spot and camp there. The trouble is that…

National Trails Day Is the Perfect Day to Go Outside

Bikes Shouldn’t Have Horns. Neither Should Cars.

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Spend enough time engaged in bicycle-commuting-themed online discourse and complaining about how nobody pays any attention to you and it’s only a matter of time before someone recommends you put some kind of horn on your bike.There are various models of high-decibel bicycle horns with flatulent-sounding names available on the market—the AirZound, the Loud Bicycle, the BioLogic Blast—and they each have their devotees. Bike horn enthusiasts also love to make YouTube videos depicting the ostensible effectiveness of their noisemakers in an urban environment. One such rider explains the appeal of the bike horn thusly:“Stepping off the curb looking into your phone is just insane in New York,” Eugene D. says. The horn cures all that—anytime Eugene activates it, it triggers a reaction in people like they just realized they’re walking into the path of a freight train. “It makes me laugh every time,” he says.Of course, not everybody appreciates being assaulted with soundwaves, to which Eugene h…

Epic Lines You Can Wait in (That Aren't on Mt. Everest)

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You may have seen Nirmal Purja’s photo of the huge line of climbers queued up on their way to the summit of Mount Everest and thought, “Wow, I wonder if I could do that someday?”Well, you can. Not climb Mount Everest, necessarily, but you can definitely wait in line to do something. Here are eight other epic lines that you can access much more easily than you can that line of climbers in 8,000-meter suits just below the Hillary Step on Mount Everest.The line at a music festival Porta-Potty: No matter what, there will be a line when you get there. Longer if you’ve postponed peeing for 30 minutes to an hour because you were waiting for your favorite band to finish a set, and exponentially longer if you have to go Number Two, badly. It’s tough, but not as tough as being above Camp IV on Everest, where there are no enclosed restrooms.The line to deplane when you’re in seat 38F on a domestic flight: Don’t even get your hopes up when the plane stops taxiing, or when you hear the ding signal…

How to Fuel Up on Your Next Plane Ride

In Defense of Mo Farah

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On Monday, four-time Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah won the London 10,000, an annual road race that finishes in front of Buckingham Palace. With no serious international competition in the field, Farah was the clear favorite, but he still took the opportunity to celebrate the victory with his trademark “Mobot” sign as he broke the tape. You can’t blame him. Farah was coming off a rough couple of weeks. https://twitter.com/AthleticsWeekly/status/1132943200715530240In case you missed it, at a press conference prior to last month’s London Marathon, Farah injected the proceedings with a heavy dose of awkwardness when he decided, apropos of nothing, to announce that he’d had items stolen from his room when he stayed at a hotel owned by Ethiopian distance running legend Haile Gebrselassie. The incident, which sparked off a public feud between two giants of the sport, made Farah come off as vindictive—willing to degrade the ambiance of the world’s most competitive marathon with his personal …

Outdoor Recreation Spurs Local Economic Growth, But...

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Two years ago, the Outdoor Industry Association released a report estimating the national economic impact of the outdoor industry at $887 billion a year. That number has sincebecome a sort of gospel for people looking to push pro-public lands policies across the finish line and invest in recreation economies at a local level around the country.But what that number didn’t capture was the direct impact recreation has on the local growth of mountain towns and similar outdoor-oriented communities. A new report from Headwaters Economics, a Bozeman-based nonprofit research group, does just that. The report found that a county with recreation attracts more new residents, higher incomes, and faster earnings growth than a county without recreation, particularly for areas designated as rural (less than 10,000 residents) and micropolitan (less than 50,000 residents).“We already knew that having outdoor recreation nearby brings tourists to your community,” says Megan Lawson, an economist at Headw…

How Jell-O Could Speed Up Injury Recovery

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By the time professional runner Kate Grace decided to move from Bend, Oregon, to Sacramento, California, in the summer of 2015, she’d become a reluctant expert in the anatomy of the foot and lower leg. She’d endured a metatarsal stress fracture in her foot, a nasty case of plantar fasciitis, tendinitis in her flexor hallucis longus, and a tear in her plantar plate, a ligament-like structure under the ball of the foot. Her new coach at the NorCal Distance Project, Drew Wartenburg, sent her an e-mail before she arrived. To be successful, she would need to stay healthy, he explained, and to stay healthy, she should start making Jell-O.Wartenburg, a former director of track and cross country at the University of California at Davis, was following the advice of Keith Baar, who heads the university’s Functional Molecular Biology Lab. Over the past decade, Baar and his colleagues have been growing “engineered ligaments” in their lab, then subjecting them to all sorts of abuse to understand w…

What Happens to Runners on a Ketogenic Diet?

She Learned to Bike at 20. Now She's a Champion.

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On May 31, Alexandera Houchin will line up with 66 men and 15 women for the start of the second annual Dirty Kanza Extra Large. The 350-mile, invitation-only, ultra-endurance gravel-cycling challenge may sound benign enough—it’s in Kansas, after all—but this year’s race climbs more than 15,433 feet through the state’s often wind-whipped, mud-soaked Flint Hills. It’s masochistic by any cyclist’s standards, but Houchin isn’t fazed.“I pretty much only eat Snickers and drink Powerade because these shorter races are a solid push-through,” she says. “I don’t bring sleeping gear, and I never wear padded shorts. I’ll just wear my cutoffs and my boots. I always ride with flat pedals.”Last July, Houchin, who is a member of the Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in northeastern Minnesota, was the first woman to finish that year’s Tour Divide, a 2,745-mile race that started in Banff, Alberta, and ended in Antelope Wells, New Mexico, an effort that took her 23 days 3 hours. It’s a big win,…

The SOAR Act Could Be Great for the Outdoors

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A bipartisan bill introduced to the Senate last week promises to bring substantial regulatory relief to an industry—and it's not oil and gas. No, the industry that’s going to benefit this time is outdoor recreation, specifically all the guides and outfitters operating on public land. Introduced by Senators Martin Heinrich, a Democrat from New Mexico, and Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican from West Virginia, the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation Act (SOAR) promises to do the following:Improve the process for issuing recreation permits by directing the federal-land-management agencies to eliminate duplicative processes, reduce costs, shorten processing times and simplify environmental review; Increase flexibility for outfitters, guides and other outdoor leaders by allowing them to engage in activities that are substantially similar to the activity specified in their permit;Make more recreation opportunities availableby directing the agencies to offer more short-term permits…

There's a Reason We Treat Our Gear Like an Old Friend

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I named my first running watch “Clarence,” as in Clarence Odbody, angel second class, of It’s a Wonderful Life fame. I figured the device, a green Garmin Forerunner 10, would help me find my wings while running the marshy trails of my southern New Jersey home.Psychologists have a word for this habit of naming or assigning human traits to objects and nonhuman creatures: anthropomorphism. Even if you’re unfamiliar with the term, you’re likely acquainted with the concept—70 percent of us name our cars, and 36 percent of us cop to thinking of them as friends. (Guilty. I can’t part with my sputtery 2008 Subaru Outback—aka “Suby”—despite the 275,000 miles on her odometer and surf wax stains on her interior.)We also commonly humanize animals, like the Galapagos tortoise who “broke up” with her tortoise partner of 100 years because she needed to firmly established her boundaries, and robots: the death of NASA’s Opportunity Rover made Twitter ugly cry.Animals, robots, and even cars all move in…

The Case for Ditching Air Travel

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In his former life, Olympic gold medalist Björn Ferry was a frequent flier.He traveled 180 days of the year between training and competitions, armed with the cross-country skis and rifle characteristic of the biathlon, a sport that orignated in Scandanavia and combines nordic skiing with target shooting. In all, Ferry estimates that he traveled around 25,000 miles per year by plane and another 25,000 by car or minibus. “Back then I emitted 16 tons of CO2 per year,” he says with dismay. “[The] average in Sweden is eight. That doesn’t look so good.”After breaking down his carbon footprint with an online carbon calculator, and realizing just how much air travel factored in, Ferry and his wife, world-champion arm wrestler Heidi Andersson, decided to change their ways. In 2015, they committed to stop flying and built a greenhouse to grow most of their own food. “Potatoes, berries—and we have a lot of elk, so we stopped buying meat in the store,” Ferry explains. “Altogether we’ve cut our em…

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Outdoor Research Opens 2nd U.S. Factory, Doubles Domestic Workforce http://bit.ly/2I6G4aM

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Seattle-based brand Outdoor Research opened a new factory in California, bringing its domestic manufacturing workforce to 200 people.Outdoor Research has built some of its outdoor gear in the United States for decades. That’s in part because it makes a lot of products for elite military, law enforcement, and government agencies. Many of these groups must buy products from domestic manufacturers.But now it’s expanding its domestic production of performance apparel and outdoor gear by investing in a new manufacturing facility that opened in April. The new factory doubles the number of Outdoor Research staff building apparel and gear onshore.The new, wholly owned factory in El Monte, California, joins the manufacturing enterprise Outdoor Research has operated for decades at its Seattle headquarters. Military Production, Recreational Trickle-DownDue to its military division, Outdoor Research has often dabbled in tip-of-the-spear technology very early in its development cycle. For example, …

Beginner Bikepacking Gear: Pedal to Camp With This Kit http://bit.ly/2EGBAXG

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On my first bikepacking trip, I spent 3 days in the saddle exploring the Marin Headlands in California. This is the gear I used.On Friday I left work early, signing off email just after 2 p.m. With a holiday weekend ahead, I was hoping to avoid traffic getting out of San Francisco. Like hundreds of cyclists every day, I rode the bike path along Embarcadero and crossed the Golden Gate Bridge. I then gradually made my way up Hawk Hill, where I diverged from the crowd.For the next 70-odd miles, I rode exclusively dirt and gravel. For the better part of the 3 days, I pedaled a loop through the Marin Headlands, up to Pt. Reyes, and back to the city. On my return trip, I climbed up Mt. Tam, the highest peak in the area, and down into Mill Valley. That put me back on a paved bike path through Sausalito and across the bridge.Admittedly a novice, I got lost once and mistakenly added 8 miles to the loop. And I had other small mishaps on my fully loaded, 42-pound bike. I had a couple of minor fa…