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Good To Know: Beasts of Belize

Ah, Belize — one of the easiest places to travel in Central America. It’s got everything you come expect of the region: Mayan ruins, an immense barrier reef, dense jungles rife with wildlife, and bustling metropolises — and the official language is English. But…there also lurk a few deadly threats that you should familiarize yourself with before you put boots on the ground.

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Good To Know: Sunscreen

Myth: The Higher the SPF rating in a sunscreen, the better.

Truth: Your confusion is understandable. In the last decade, it wasn’t uncommon to see sunscreens that boasted SPF ratings as high as 70+, often with little actual instruction in terms of how often one should apply coverage. Thankfully, the Food and Drug Administration recently stepped in and has clarified things considerably.

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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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Tips And Tricks: Rod Management With Chad Hoover

Ditch the frustration and broken poles. Kayak fisherman, Chad Hoover is here with sanity saving rod management tips.

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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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