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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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How To: Extend Summer Into Fall

School may now be in session, but that doesn’t mean you have to let go of all the outdoor activities that defined your family’s summer. Some would argue that autumn brings better weather to enjoy the wilderness — the sometimes oppressive heat and humidity give over to crisp nights, bursts of brilliant foliage, and a welcome lack of biting bugs. It’s the perfect time, in other words, to plan a multi-night camping trip.

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How To: Wine Taste By Bike

Sonoma County, California, with its varied terrain, beautiful scenery, numerous vineyards, and mild weather, makes an ideal place for any oenophile to bike. With less traffic than its more famous neighbor, Napa Valley, Sonoma makes the ideal spot to pedal from tasting room to tasting room, where you can enjoy the wind in your hair and smell the terroir, all from your self-propelled mode of transport. No better way to burn off those wine country indulgences, right?

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How To: Not Get Sick At Altitude

Whether you are hiking 14ers or skiing high-altitude resorts such as Telluride and Snowbird, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can afflict anyone heading higher than 6,000 feet. AMS often starts with a splitting headache, quickly followed by loss of appetite, sometimes vomiting, weakness, dizziness, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping–basically the same as having a really bad hangover. Symptoms can occur as early as two hours after arrival to altitude, or be delayed for up to 24 hours.

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