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How To: Backcountry Beauty

All of us have come home after an invigorating day, night, or week in the backcountry only to be horrified by what we see in the mirror. Sure, there’s that healthy, robust, outdoorsy demeanor from serious trail and tent time. But then there are the tangles, twigs, and post-trip combing torture that comes with it.  Sure, you’ll be happy to leave the world of hair dryers, straighteners, and curling irons behind for a few days, but what can you do to prevent looking like Medusa on steroids?

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How To: Birthday Challenges

So, you’ve decided to have a birthday this year. Perhaps it’s time to do something epic. How about a birthday challenge? What’s a birthday challenge, you ask? At some point (and some age) all of us find birthdays challenging, but here’s a way to add some fun into growing older each year.

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How To: Foam Roller Tips

The Foam Roller Is Your Friend

The foam roller, like traditional stretching, is a great tool for lengthening and elongating muscles, but its benefits are especially helpful for runners, cyclists, and other sports enthusiasts who suffer from tight or fatigued muscles. A foam roller massages muscles intensely, much like a treatment from a massage therapist, but without the heavy cost.

Use the following routine a few times a week to flush out normal muscle pains and aches. After intense workouts, foam rolling helps you clear out some lactic acid and facilitate recovery so you are ready to push hard on your next time out. 

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How To: Holidays On Horseback

As Winston Churchill once said, “No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” And we agree. There’s a zen-like appeal of the quiet of the trail, the rhythmic movement of the horse, and the constantly changing view. Arranging for a riding lesson or short trail ride is an excellent way to get outdoors. But better yet, plan on an overnight. A multi-day horseback trip gets you away from the crowds and deeper into the backcountry than you could ever get by walking. You’ll also develop a bond with your fellow travelers (and horse) that will bring a grin to your face for years to come.

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How To: Clean Your Bike

With the arrival of warmer weather, many of us are finally getting out on our bikes. It’s a spectacular, time-honored ritual that signals the change of seasons–and it’s also time to apply that other time-honored tradition of spring cleaning to your two-wheeled chariot. Follow these tips and your bike will be ready for the open road. And–as spring brings with it mud, water, and road grit–this guide will serve you throughout the season and well into summer as a quick way to keep your bike in top riding form.

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How To: Stretches For Hikers

As soon as you arrive at camp or back at the trailhead, it’s all too easy to just throw down your pack and have a seat. Your muscles have been working hard all day–and that’s precisely why you should do a few stretches before you cool down. It’ll keep your body running smoothly and ensure you are ready to hit the trail again tomorrow.

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How To: Remove A Fishing Hook

Unless you condone fishing with dynamite (you shouldn’t condone fishing with dynamite) or use a net, hooks are pretty much unavoidable when fishing. And while the act of getting a hook stuck in your body should be a rare thing—you’re best off accepting that it will happen (especially as you start to learn the sport). So before that inevitable event occurs, it’s best to educate yourself on the right way to remove a hook from your skin.

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How To: Store Your Ski Gear For Winter

Ski season may be over for most of the country, but don’t cry. It will be back again next winter. In the meantime, you need to properly care for and store your ski equipment over the summer to ensure it lasts for many seasons to come.

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How To: High Points

There’s a famous quote attributed to George Leigh Mallory after his first attempt on Mt. Everest.

“Why do you climb,” was the question?

“Because it’s there,” is the now famous response.

For most of us, the desire to reach the top of geographically significant formations is easy to explain. The ascent is always memorable (you only need to look up to remember your adventure), and, while some of us repeat our favorite ascents over and over again, there’s also the philosophy that once you tick one off your list, you can move on to the next challenge. But whether you constantly look for the next peak to conquer or make an annual ritual out of your local favorite mountain, nothing equals the sensation of standing on a summit, surveying the world below. There’s the wind in your hair and a real-life map at your feet.

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How To: Run Your First Ultra

One of Columbia’s Omniten, Heidi Kumm inspires us all to get out of the bed in the morning. From her home in Colorado, she trains like a demon and regularly runs ultra trail races. We recently caught up with her to find out how she got into the sport and to get some advice for those of you looking to run your first ultra. 

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