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How To: Winter Health

Staying active in the winter presents its own season of challenges–the least of which is avoiding the urge to hibernate. And proper nutrition can be tied to almost all elements of a successful cold-weather impulse to try stuff. Do it right, and you can stay warm and fuel your muscles, leaving you to yearn for more sunlit hours.

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How To: Work Off Thanksgiving Dinner

According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American consumes more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat during Thanksgiving. Between the main meal, the pie, the drinks, and all the appetizers and sides the pounds start to pile on.

This year, why not make the pledge to get outside to participate in some of your favorite outdoor activities in order to reset the mind, bond with family and friends, and burn off all those holiday goodies. We aren’t saying you have to skip the pumpkin pie (323 calories per slice according to the USDA), but maybe head out on that family hike before or after the big feast.

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How To: Winter Camping Tips

Camping or backpacking in the dead of winter can be cold business. But you will be rewarded with pristine, snowy wilderness, and very few people. And while cold-weather camping might frighten most people, it doesn’t have to be miserable. Here are a few tips to making your time in the wild during the deep days of winter more enjoyable.

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How To: Make It Snow and Other Winter Superstitions

We snow sports enthusiasts are a superstitious lot. Even with the advances in detailed weather forecasting year after year, and a promising forecast for the 2014-15 season, we still think we control the outcome of the upcoming winter season thanks to our often silly, but oh-so-necessary, break-only-if-you-dare, pre-season rituals. Or maybe we’re just worried that we’ll jinx our winter if we don’t give in to tradition.

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How To: Winterize Your Footwear

Whether you are trying to stretch another season out of your winter hiking boots, or just bought a new pair, boot maintenance not only protects your investment, but protects your feet. Leather is naturally hydrophilic (read: can get damaged by water), and even DWR-treated leather leaks if there’s enough moisture over a long enough duration of time. Once leather becomes wet, water moves from pore to pore while you walk (as the boot flexes there’s a natural pumping action). It stretches and weakens, then as it dries, it shrinks and becomes brittle, drastically impacting the half-life of your boots and potentially damaging the weatherproofness you so desperately need while on the trail.

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How To: Last Minute Outdoor Halloween Costumes

Halloween is a time when everyone’s inner child comes out. We’ve all received last-minute invitations to the “it” Halloween party in town—and declined because “we didn’t have a thing to wear.” Sure, there’s always the stand-by Disney princess, or dirty drifter, but why not pick something easy that highlights your outdoor creds (as well as your irrepressible sense of humor). Here are our picks for the top 7 outdoor sports costumes that are a guaranteed to make you the hit of the party. Caution: some are scarier than others!

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How To: Get Winter Gear On The Cheap

Gearing up for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, or winter hiking doesn’t have to break the bank. From early October through November, there are gear swaps across the country where you can buy gently used equipment for pennies on the dollar, many of them from high-end brands. 

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Tips And Tricks: Fishing For Smallmouth Bass With Bob Izumi

One of Bob Izumi’s favorite fish to catch is the Smallmouth Bass. He lets us in on where to find them in any season!

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How To: Build A Fire

Humans making fire—it doesn’t really get more primal than that. And thanks to the modern conventicles, it’s really never been easier (or more tempting to channel our inner Homer Simpson and go crazy with the lighter fluid). But what if you find yourself with a dead lighter or an utterly soaked pack of strike-anywhere matches while in the deep? Time to channel that inner primate. Sticking to these guidelines should help. 

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How To: Get Winter Fit

The leaves are starting to turn and if you’re like us, the fall is great and all—but the subtext of the season is that winter will soon be upon us. And while all your summer adventures might have you feeling ready to hit the slopes, chances are you’re wrong. Skiing and riding activates more targeted muscle groups than most sports, and a few dips in the ocean isn’t going to cut it. Instead try these five exercises, and keep your legs from burning after that first run.

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