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Good To Know: Cold Is Hot

Through some good fortune and hard work, we found ourselves at the famous Mii Gullo Spa at Fjällnäs, the oldest mountain resort in Sweden. The crescent-shaped hot pool looks out over the frozen Lake Malmagen, bordered by the mountains of west Hörjedalen rolling towards Norway. We gazed through the steam rising from the hot water to the post-card-perfect view, but our real attention was at the gaping 20 x 15 foot hole carved out of the ice below. Who among us would be brave enough to take the icy plunge?

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Press Play: Adrenaline Rush

There is nothing better than watching people being hardcore to get you amped up to head outside or plan your next adventure. Here are some of our favorite badass adventurers caught on film:

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Good To Know: Indoor Climbing

While outdoor climbing is still more about adventure and communing with nature, indoors it’s more akin to community interaction and an unbeatable workout. And sometimes the weather doesn’t make outdoor climbing an option worth considering–if you’ve sweat through the unrelenting sun at Smith Rock in mid-summer, or dealt with suddenly slippery hand-holds thanks to a rainstorm that dropped mid-pitch, you know the truth of which you speak. Sure…it makes for a good story. But really, it’s kind of miserable–and dangerous.

With that in mind, here are a few tips for owning it at your local gym.

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How To: Run Your First Ultra

One of Columbia’s Omniten, Heidi Kumm inspires us all to get out of the bed in the morning. From her home in Colorado, she trains like a demon and regularly runs ultra trail races. We recently caught up with her to find out how she got into the sport and to get some advice for those of you looking to run your first ultra. 

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Travel: Spring Break Alternatives Part II

You may return more weary than well-rested, but at least your time away won’t be lost in a fog of hangovers and regrets. Here are a few to whet your appetite for what’s truly possible.

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Travel: Spring Break Alternatives Part I

Sure…spring break in Daytona or at some ski resort in the Rocky Mountains holds some appeal. But it’s also just so…predictable. Instead, why don’t you use this much-needed respite from the real world to challenge yourself, to do something unpredictable and memorable, to conquer an adventure and test your toughness. 

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How To: Hide From Fish

Camouflage works for hunters for why not fisherman? New for spring, Solar Camo™, or sun-activated camouflage, will help anglers blend into their surroundings in order to catch more fish. We caught up with Columbia’s Director of Global Innovation, Jeff Mergy, to find out more about this new technology.

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Tips And Tricks: Hiking Deep Snow

Sometimes you have to hike to get to the goods. Wendy Brookburn shows us a couple of techniques to use when breaking trail.

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Good To Know: Spring Training Camps

As winter drags on, most of us could use a little Vitamin D, some warmth on our skin, and day after day of dry weather. And while we all love a bit of spring corn on a sun-bleached mountain, it’s now time to shift your gaze from the colder, short days of winter and focus on getting a head start on the summer sport season. The best way? Head south–or even abroad–and enroll in a training camp dedicated to your choice warmer-weather obsession.

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Tips And Tricks: Tree Skiing

When you’ve been skiing out on the mountain and it’s beginning to get a bit tracked out, you have to look a little deeper to find the goods. That’s when Derek Foose shows us how to take to the trees.

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