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How To: Rate Your Outdoor Fun

In the outdoor world, fun is a fairly relative thing. An easy trail run could mean a few short miles to one person, and a 25-mile outing to another. But we’ve found that, regardless of how far or long you want to go in the outdoors, the differing conditions typically join forces to offer a general rating on how much fun you’re really having.

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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: 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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How To: 8 Tips For The Perfect Family Road Trip

The summer family road trip – it’s a tradition that’s as old as the Model T (or older, if you count covered wagons and trailblazing). Despite evolving technologies (from electric cars to flat-screens embedded into head rests), the tradition is still one of the best ways to break from routine, get into the world, and start #TryingStuff.

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How-To: Keep Your Kids Active

Exercise makes you stronger. And for kids, once it becomes part of their daily routine, will provide benefits for their entire life. The best secret?

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How-To: Choose Sunglasses

Gear for the outdoor world is defined by its many options—and mostly this is a great thing. But when it comes to finding the perfect pair of shades, the options can overwhelm. And we sympathize.

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