By Ben Conners

In recent years the sport of backcountry skiing has grown substantially in popularity, and not just in the state of Colorado—the setting of our new book, Climbing and Skiing Colorado’s Mountains—but nationwide. Continual advancements and developments in alpine touring (AT) gear, along with a growing wealth of information related to the sport on the Internet, has created a perfect platform for those seeking an experience above and beyond resort skiing to find the thrill of backcountry.

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May 07, 2013
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Feb 06, 2013

Gear Guy: Night Reflective Gear

You’ve got to be seen to be safe—it’s a rule many of us who exercise outdoors at dawn or dusk don’t take seriously enough. Running in a white t-shirt at night, for instance, does not make you visible to drivers. If that sounds like an overstatement, just take 3M’s “No White at Night”  video challenge. Fortunately, there are plenty of reflective accessories and clothing on the market to help you stay safe on dark roads. Here’s some great, bright and shiny gear that stood out (so to speak) to me as I toured the floor at the recent Winter Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City.   

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Half the fun of this project is finding the objects to go in it. Seashells are one of the best and easiest things to put down into candles—what a great way to remember that vacation to the beach. You don’t need a lot. Just a few items will go a long way. Take a look at how to make these beach-themed nature candles.

Supplies: Jar, candle gel, wick, sand, seashells, candle scent

Ages: 6 and up

Time: 20 minutes


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Apr 16, 2013

by author Justin Lichter
Pacific Coast Trail—part I

Pepper and I are gearing up again! We are getting excited to get back outside after a weather roller-coaster winter. It started off great but the ups and downs started in January. There were always signs and anticipation for more snow, but not much panned out. We are mixing it up a little on our latest trip and will put our hip flexors to the test…and hopefully get some good turns to accompany all of the elevation gain.

Have you ever wanted to try to snowshoe or cross country ski but felt intimidated by all of the gear and the skill set needed? Well, be intimidated no more! January 12, 2013 is the 18th Annual Winter Trails Day, an introductory day of FREE snowshoeing and cross country skiing, complete with FREE equipment and FREE expert help to show you the skills you need to get started.

Photos by David Mullally


National Dog Week sounded like just another Hallmark card moment until I followed the thread of links back in time to before the Great Depression. Some accounts trace National Dog Week to a group of dog fanciers and sportsmen who advocated for better dog care and laws to protect our furry four-legged friends. The core objective outlined in their educational campaign over eighty years ago still serves as building blocks for many of today’s non-profit animal guardians. Who can dispute the need for good homes, eliminating strays through education, treating our beloved companions and protectors with consideration, promoting fair laws that protect dogs and humans while respecting non-dog owners.

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May 22, 2012

This month, Gear Guy goes to the dogs.

Pup Life Jackets

K9 Float Coat

Although it depends on the dog, some breeds take to the water as instinctively as Michael Phelps. Newfoundlands, Labs, and poodles typically enjoy doggy paddling, as do Portugese Water Dogs, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, and Irish Water Spaniels, as their names suggest. Other breeds, however, like Jack Russells and Shiba Inus, aren’t swimmers, and some don’t even like to get wet. But whether your pooch is an old sea dog or a landlubber, any dog can get distressed in the water, so if you’re planning to take Fido rafting, kayaking, boating, or paddleboarding, it’s a good idea to outfit him with a life jacket first.

Blog > Sara Baker

Alex Honnold makes the first ever solo link up of Yosemite's Triple Crown- Mt. Watkins, El Capitan, and Half Dome, climbing 95 percent free solo with few points of aid. He finished the solo triple in 18 hours 50 minutes. Honnold began his epic solo endeavor on Mt. Watkins at 4 PM on Tuesday of this week and finished up on top of Half Dome 10:45 AM the following day. Check out the video- precarious and amazing!...


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