Not everyone has the good fortune to learn to ski, bike, climb or hike as a child. Sometimes it takes an inspirational figure or friend to show the way. That inspirational figure could be you. You may be an expert at outdoor sports, but your new friend may be more comfortable shopping than schussing. ButContinue reading

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Spring is in the air and with the unseasonably warm weather across parts of the country, you can expect bears to begin emerging from hibernation soon. So what does this mean for those of us still chasing the last remnants of winter sports? You need to be bear aware! While most encounters end without incident,Continue reading

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When you leave pavement behind and opt instead for the trails your body enters a new running arena, one of heightened awareness, varied muscle use and an incomparable way of connecting with yourself and your surroundings. For our most recent challenge as Columbia Sportswear’s Directors of Toughness, Mark Chase and I were given five weeksContinue reading

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  At 6:00am my alarm went off, I looked outside at pitch blackness and groaned. I hit the snooze button. At 6:08am the alarm cut through another layer of sleep and the label, “Get up! Go Run” flashed across the screen. On some mornings, that alarm was enough to get me out the door, butContinue reading

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Our Directors of Toughness put their trail running skills to the ultimate test when they were challenged to run in a 100KM (60 mile) trail running race in Argentina. Here are their must-have gear for their trip to Chile and Argentina: Faith Briggs: Women’s Titan Ultra™ Half Zip Shirt: A lightweight, technical layer specifically designed for dynamic aerobicContinue reading

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