When you think of Japan, trail running probably isn’t the first thing that springs to mind. But the four islands that make up Japan’s mainland are filled with mountains (lots of them active volcanoes) and thick forests. About 75 percent of Japan is mountainous—and as the population has long revered the outdoors, there are plentyContinue reading

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Japan consists of 6,852 separate islands—but only 430 of them are inhabited. But calling places like the country’s capital city of Tokyo inhabited is something of an understatement. The 845-square-mile capital boasts more than nine million residents, with a subway system that’s so congested most visitors considering braving the lines one the country’s most quintessentialContinue reading

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Tokyo, Japan’s capital city, is where tradition and the cutting edge intersect. From the latest tech gadgets to historic temples, the city offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture, cuisine, and nature to explore. While you could spend weeks discovering what this city has to offer and not even scratch the surface, hereContinue reading

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We’ve compiled a list of our favorite trail running gear to take you from pavement to the mountain trails. Our gear is #TestedTough in all conditions, that’s why we put Columbia Employees, Ruy Ueda and Sandrine Christin to the test with the ultimate trail run. They began their run on the streets of Tokyo toContinue reading

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The first thing you notice about the Canadian Rockies mountain range is that it’s big. Big as far as the eye can see. Spanning a number of national parks and two provinces, the towering triangles of striated limestone, formed by glaciers and now guarding the forested valleys like sentries protecting this vast wilderness. While theContinue reading

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While Crested Butte might be best known for its mountain biking and fly-fishing during the summer, it’s also a fabulous winter destination. With a world-class ski resort and acres upon acres of mountainous wilderness, this last great Colorado mountain town is a hidden, snow-covered gem tucked deep into the Elk Mountain Range of the RockyContinue reading

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