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This Week in Outdoor Policy – July 26th
Outdoor Advocacy

This Week in Outdoor Policy – July 26th

Tom Flynn tracks policy related to conservation and recreation for the Outdoor Alliance. Most Fridays, he summarizes the week’s top outdoor policy related headlines. With questions, news tips and angry hate mail, email him at tom [at] outdooralliance [dot] net.   Proposed Budgets Gut Funding for Conservation, Recreation… Funding for the outdoors took […]

Working Out at Altitude: A Primer
Environment

Working Out at Altitude: A Primer

If you’ve ever traveled to a place with a higher altitude than what you’re used to, you’ve likely  likely experienced shortness of breath or light-headedness or some variant of altitude sickness. This is because your body had to work harder to get oxygen to your cells, muscles and brain since […]

Climbing Multi-Pitches for Beginners
Environment

Climbing Multi-Pitches for Beginners

It’s a bright Saturday morning in Boulder Canyon and you’ve woken up early and gotten first dibs on your chosen route. You have picked a jaggy granite 100-foot crag with a slight overhang about half way to the anchor. It’s rated a 5.7 with a 5.8 crux that might test […]

6 Outdoor Safety Tips Just for the Ladies
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6 Outdoor Safety Tips Just for the Ladies

Now, we often don’t like to admit that there’s anything we gals can’t handle. When questioned about what we’d do if a mountain lion attacked us, we spin a scenario which has us lookin’ like Lara Croft and slicing the beast’s neck, Tomb Raider Style. If our Dad or brother […]

What NOT To Do While Camping
Mobilization and Events

What NOT To Do While Camping

Camping is a great way to recreate, get away from the hustle and bustle of life in the modern world, tune out the fuzz, and just kick back and revel in all of Mother Nature’s glory. However, there are other folks who misuse the opportunity. There are unwritten (and written) […]

Poisonous Plants- Get the Info
Mobilization and Events

Poisonous Plants- Get the Info

You’re hiking along the Appalachian Trail, one of your favorite pass times when you decide to stop for a picnic lunch.  As your setting up your things, a by passer stops to discuss the trail and begins to look worried.  You question his precarious look and while he assures you […]

Minorities in Outdoor Sports – Is the Outdoor Community Doing Enough?
Outdoor Advocacy

Minorities in Outdoor Sports – Is the Outdoor Community Doing Enough?

Within the majority of sports, there are usually a few standout prodigies who are making their way onto the industry’s radar by the age of 13.  Tony Hawk, Shaun White, and Ryan Sheckler come to mind.  In the climbing world, many heads are turning toward 13 year old Kai Lightner […]

Sally Jewell Loves Outdoor Nation!
Mobilization and Events

Sally Jewell Loves Outdoor Nation!

  Former REI CEO and current Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, made a guest appearance at our Seattle Summit last weekend. And what a cool way of showing her support for young people in the outdoors (see the sign). Jewell shared her wisdom and experiences during the Summit as […]

How To Score a Summer Romance By Getting Outdoors
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How To Score a Summer Romance By Getting Outdoors

Maybe it’s the heat. Maybe it’s that everyone wears less clothing. But, whatever the reason, people tend to couple up during the summer months. And if you’re having trouble finding a cuddle buddy, then take this advice and heat up the remainder of your summer. Hit the Trails There are […]

ATC Launches Appalachian Trail Video Contest
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ATC Launches Appalachian Trail Video Contest

Pop quiz- Do you love the Appalachian Trail? Are you active in the Appalachian community, volunteer in the preservation of the trail, are an avid hiker or a passionate artist? If you answered yes to at least the first question (and by golly, you better have said yes!) then read […]