The simple allure of Southern California presents itself as an unassailable fact the minute you step out of the Palm Springs Airport: big desert sky, steep mountain peaks, and the intoxication of the fresh desert air. Forget Disneyland or the beautiful beaches. This is where SoCal really lives. The greater-Palm Springs area (the town properContinue reading

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By Shellie Bailey-Shah @KidTripster Rather than fighting your children about putting away their cell phones, use these six free apps to pique their interest in the great outdoors. I’m the mother of two teenaged boys. There’s rarely a day that goes by that you don’t hear me saying, “Enough with the phone!” That’s especially true whenContinue reading

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By Christopher Pollak @chrispollak From planning combat operations, humanitarian missions, or personnel recovery, how do military skills translate to the outdoor industry? Transitioning from the military into a civilian job was not easy. Particularly, translating my experiences into a resume and convincing industry professionals that they should hire a military veteran over someone who hasContinue reading

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Our Directors of Toughness kicked off 9 months of travel with the gear-testing trip of a lifetime. Here are their must-have gear for their trip to Manchester, UK and Iceland: Faith Briggs: Women’s Adera Brilliant Reflection™ Spacedye Hoodie: Ideal for early morning runs, the Spacedye hoodie has wicking properties and 4-way comfort-stretch fabric for maximum mobility andContinue reading

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Your Directors of Toughness traveled to Manchester, UK and Iceland to test out not only Columbia Sportswear’s gear, but also their endurance, strength, and mental toughness. Do they have what it takes? Find out below: Take a deeper dive into the Directors of Toughness journey through Manchester, UK and Iceland. United Kingdom: I’m coming home!Continue reading

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By Faith Briggs @faithevebee On a crisp Icelandic morning, we were greeted by Bjorn, who was beaming with enthusiasm. Mark and I piled into the back of his car with volunteers from an organization called Seeds. We’re driving to a site slightly outside of Reykjavik where his organization, Gróður fyrir fólk í Landnámi Ingólfs (GFF),Continue reading

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