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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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How To: Try Stuff Everywhere

As this blog has attempted to show, the world is a wide and wonderful place to try stuff. And just when you learn about one locale that’s perfect for your outdoor obsession — be it hiking, backpacking, climbing, biking, skiing, paddleboarding, canyoneering, or just stepping off the beaten path — the list of places grows.

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How To: Tips To Backcountry Culinary Perfection

Blame it on the Boy Scouts or the sad and unfortunate affection for quick Cup o’ Soup-like things that pass for meals, but most people think that dining in the backcountry means eating some bland just-add-water package. The kind of food that not even a heart dose of hot sauce can hide.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Follow a few of these trail-tested tips and you can have a bona fide culinary experience while camping.

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How To: SUP With Dogs

Stand-up paddleboarding has swept the country, from high-alpine lakes to the Pacific coast to the river that runs through the nation’s capital. And it’s a trend we support. But we also get behind the joys of hitting the water with your SUP (as they’re known) and your four-legged best friend. Paddleboards just seem ideally built for one person and a dog. Even if Fido doesn’t like to swim, he still might enjoy the paddleboard experience.

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How To: Open Water Swimming Tips

Nothing typifies relief from the dog days of summer more than splashing into a fresh-water lake, stream, or river.

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How To: Fish School

Fly fishing. The very mention of the sport conjures up visions of standing in a flowing river with a fly rod, line gently arcing in the air as tempts your fish to rise.

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How To: Earn Your Guinness In Dublin

Truth is, most tourists to Dublin experience the city on foot or by bus. We say, break the mold, get your hands wet, and earn that pint of Guinness on the River Liffey.

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How To: Why You Should Split Up Your Family Vacation

At Columbia, we have a lot of mottos. “Trying Stuff since 1938” for example because we were founded by our CEO’s grandfather as a hat company. And as a company run to this day as a family business, we’re in the business of family fun. And we continue to think “the family that plays together stays together.”

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