We all know that dogs make all outdoor activities better. But if you take them out of familiar surroundings—like heading into the backcountry (or even a car-camping site), they can be a little anxious. As with any other activity or desired behavior, you need to train your dog to be a good camper. But withContinue reading

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Summer is coming and in many places across the country, we can expect temperatures to regularly soar into the triple digits. In places like Death Valley National Park, temperatures reaching 134 degrees Fahrenheit are not unheard of. But don’t let the heat send you running for the nearest air conditioned mall–here are some tips onContinue reading

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As beautiful as the desert was during the day, the real secrets of the desert come out every night. When I first knew that Co-Director of Toughness, Faith Briggs and I would be spending our nights on the desert floor for our most recent mission the first thing that came to my mind was obviously,Continue reading

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Warm weather affords many glories, from longer days to unfettered access to the great wild beyond, which lies very close to the passionately beating heart of Columbia Sportswear. And the season also creates a backdrop for like-minded people to get together and celebrate the great art of being alive under the summer sun, whether it’sContinue reading

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With the possible exception of birdwatching, no sport is more immersed in particulars than fly-fishing. It requires you to understand not only the waterways the fish inhabit, but also their swimming and mating patterns, and what each species of fish is liable to eat each season—and how those insects move on the water, so youContinue reading

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Nude sunbathing is nothing new, but nude hiking? You’d be surprised to learn that it’s more prevalent than expected – in Dankerode, Germany there is a dedicated 18km nude hiking trail. And the airy activity is more common than you’d imagine on the Appalachian and Pacific Crest trails. There’s even a group of nude climbersContinue reading

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