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How To: Stretches For Hikers

As soon as you arrive at camp or back at the trailhead, it’s all too easy to just throw down your pack and have a seat. Your muscles have been working hard all day–and that’s precisely why you should do a few stretches before you cool down. It’ll keep your body running smoothly and ensure you are ready to hit the trail again tomorrow.

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Good To Know: Dessert on the Trail

Hands down, there aren’t many things more magnificent than a wild berry. So much gastronomical potential in something so small. Marionberries,  raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, lingonberries—even the magnificent cloudberries of Sweden. These gifts from nature seem sweetest when you earn them. In places with lava-rich soil (like the Washington and Oregon Cascades) there’s an abundance of fruits and vegetables; local favorites are the blackberries and smaller red and black huckleberries. Careful lookers can find wild strawberries, and the holy grail of foraging, wild raspberries, with their lush sweetness and out-of-this-world juiciness.

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How To: Remove A Fishing Hook

Unless you condone fishing with dynamite (you shouldn’t condone fishing with dynamite) or use a net, hooks are pretty much unavoidable when fishing. And while the act of getting a hook stuck in your body should be a rare thing—you’re best off accepting that it will happen (especially as you start to learn the sport). So before that inevitable event occurs, it’s best to educate yourself on the right way to remove a hook from your skin.

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Chew On This: Homemade Treats for the Trail

Although pre-packaged energy bars are tasty and convenient, they can get a bit expensive if you play outside every day–and they can also become boring. Instead, try making your own healthy snacks.Over the coming weeks, we will share a series of our favorite trail food recipes.

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How To: Store Your Ski Gear For Winter

Ski season may be over for most of the country, but don’t cry. It will be back again next winter. In the meantime, you need to properly care for and store your ski equipment over the summer to ensure it lasts for many seasons to come.

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Travel: Hiking New Hampshire

Spring hiking in New Hampshire is about color. The shades of green living in the fields, forests, and wildflowers rival a Monet. My husband’s family has lived in New England for centuries; as a young man he forged the first ascents of many of the iconic rock and ice climbs on Cannon Cliff in Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire—a 6,692-acre park with 5,000-foot mountain peaks, waterfalls, lakes, and old-growth forests. But these mountains have been luring the intrepid for generations.

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How To: High Points

There’s a famous quote attributed to George Leigh Mallory after his first attempt on Mt. Everest.

“Why do you climb,” was the question?

“Because it’s there,” is the now famous response.

For most of us, the desire to reach the top of geographically significant formations is easy to explain. The ascent is always memorable (you only need to look up to remember your adventure), and, while some of us repeat our favorite ascents over and over again, there’s also the philosophy that once you tick one off your list, you can move on to the next challenge. But whether you constantly look for the next peak to conquer or make an annual ritual out of your local favorite mountain, nothing equals the sensation of standing on a summit, surveying the world below. There’s the wind in your hair and a real-life map at your feet.

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Good To Know: The Joys of Mud

As the spring corn melts off the mountains and the late-season skiers and snowboarders begrudgingly return to Earth and pack away their snow gear, the formerly snow-covered towns of the country enter into the oft-cursed mud season. It’s the time of the year where the snow has melted away any dreams of a few final turns in the ski season, a time when it’s too wet to hike or bike on the trails because they’re carpeted in cloying, momentum-sapping, boot-sucking mud.

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Good To Know: The Art of Pond Skimming

Spring has officially arrived–the snow is beginning to melt and leaves are budding on the trees. This means your local ski resort is getting ready to hold its annual festival to welcome spring, and the pond skimming event is the usual highlight–a group of crazy people attempting to ski or ride across a 100-plus-foot-long, icy-cold pond.

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Travel: Spring Skiing in Sweden

When you declare you are headed to ski in Sweden, most people assume you really meant to say Switzerland. Because Sweden doesn’t really have any mountains, right?

Wrong. Not only do they have some serious mountains, but they also have fewer crowds during peak ski seasons (save for Christmas, naturally), locally-sourced and artfully prepared organic food, killer après, Swedish saunas, and friendly people. In other words, all the ingredients for the perfect ski holiday–save that no one else knows about it.

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