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Good To Know: Climbing

As the dog days of summer start to wane, the great pilgrimage begins as climbers venture out of the gyms and man-made climbing walls and head back outside toward natural rock. It’s a worthy crowd to join–the approach routes to even the biggest peaks are typically navigable by anyone with a pair of hiking shoes and a bit of perseverance. As you look to step in line, here’s a few climbing tips, corralled from our team of experts, that’ll help you, whether it’s your first or you 15th year on the cliff.

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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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Travel: Portland

Fueled by the arts, food, beer, and music scenes, Portland has already received plenty of media attention. The challenge, however, is to rise above the buzz — or the self-parody Portlandia. Thankfully, Portland manages to exceed the traveler’s expectations. 

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Tips And Tricks: Fishing The Wind With Bob Izumi

No need to seek out calm when fishing. Why? The fish are more aggressive and easier to catch in choppy waters.

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Tips And Tricks: Descending A Mountain With Dave Norona

What goes up must come down! Just relax, breathe, and look ahead when descending on a mountain bike.

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Tips And Tricks: Using A Foot Controlled Motor With Bob Izumi

Accurate boat control is key and Bob Izumi is here to show us how to achieve this using a foot controlled motor.

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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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Tips And Tricks: Gearing Up With Conway Bowman

What is the best outfit to get started in saltwater fishing? Pro, Conway Bowman is here to tell us what we need!

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Travel: Havasu Falls

Havasu Falls pretty much achieves the impossible. It almost trumps the Grand Canyon — at least in terms of sheer, gob-smacking beauty. Granted, not much can match the vast grandeur of that wide canyon carved by the Colorado River. But where the Grand exceeds in inspiring immeasurable awe, Havasu Falls feels almost personal. And while far from secret — its iconic waterfalls have populated countless full-page magazine spreads and downloadable screensavers — the region still feels like it belongs to you.

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Good To Know: 5 Aussie Animals That Can Kill You

As illustrated by Bill Bryson, Australia is a dangerous place. In his national best seller In a Sunburned Country, the famed memoirist spends the first several pages of the book listing all the different ways that the country and its natural inhabitants can kill you. And we’re not talking about some sort of crazed serial killer in the Outback (as exploited in the recent Wolf Creek horror movies franchise). We’re talking about things that occur…in nature…that can kill you with little effort.

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