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Apr 15, 2014

Kayaking has been described as “hiking on water.” Clever, and kind of true. Think of the oceans and bays as forests, and of the creeks and rivers as trails. You paddle instead of walk, but the effect is the same: You are transported to an amazing world of viewscapes, plants, and wildlife that can be reached only by taking the windy tidal creek or running downriver.

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Mar 31, 2014

As spring warms up and Mother Nature beckons us to bust outside and romp in her fresh air and green fields, it’s good to remember that not all flora are friendly. In the wilds, toxic plants grow alongside benign, even edible, ones. So before you, the kiddos, and the family dog revel in the Great Outdoors, here are five familiar plants you may not have realized are poisonous. Learn how to spot them, recognize and treat the symptoms of poisoning, and then avoid them.  

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Mar 28, 2014

Every month here at Falcon.com we try to introduce you to cool towns across the country that would fulfill any outdoor lover’s wish list. This month, it’s Los Angeles, CA:

Founded: 1781

Population: 13 million in Greater Los Angeles

Size: Approximately 469 Square Miles

Activities: Hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, scenic touring, cycling, surfing, paddle boarding, canoeing & kayaking

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Mar 12, 2014

An interview with climbing legend John Long about his new book, The Trad Climber’s Bible

By John Spalding

 

For some 40 years, climbing legend John Long has been blazing new trails, so to speak, both as a climber, with historic feats such as the first one-day ascent of the Nose route on El Capitan in 1975, and as an author, having published more than 40 books with two million copies in print. In 2009, Rock & Ice magazine aptly named Long “the most influential climber in the world” for his groundbreaking climbs and vast contribution to climbing literature.

Now, with the publication of The Trad Climber’s Bible, Long and co-author and seasoned climber Peter Croft offer a new first—a 400-page, definitive source for the trad climber’s art.

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Feb 20, 2014

Every month here at Falcon.com we try to introduce you to cool towns across the country that would fulfill any outdoor lover’s wish list. This month, it’s Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.:

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Jan 20, 2014

If We Don't Protect It, Who Will?

By Mary Reed

I went on my very first backpacking trip with college friends to Dolly Sods Wilderness, West Virginia. I borrowed everything from my backpack to my sleeping bag. When we ran out of our initial water supply, my more experienced friends refilled our bottles from the creek and treated the water with iodine or filters. I had never drunk water straight from the creek before, and I was completely unfamiliar with the treatment methods. The whole process made me nervous, but as the weekend wore on and I never got a case of diarrhea, I learned that we were fine.

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Dec 19, 2013

There is nothing more magical than gliding on snow with skis on your feet. And what’s more fun than sharing this experience with the entire family? Yup, that includes those little tots, too! Kids as young as two can attempt to ski (with lots of focus on fun in the snow!). But it can be a tricky maneuver getting kids to enjoy the slopes as much as you do. The initial shock of cold combined with being strapped to long, foreign objects can be enough to send even the most angelic kids straight into a devilish tantrum. So how, exactly, do you get kids to enjoy learning to ski?

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Nov 12, 2013

By Pieter van Noordennen

Every month here at Falcon.com we try to introduce you to cool cities across the country that would fulfill any outdoor lover’s wish list. This month, it’s Philadelphia:

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Nov 01, 2013

FalconGuides makes it easy for you to get on the trail. Whether you’re in the Great Smoky Mountains or have plans to visit Glacier National Park or Grand Canyon National Park, FalconGuides has a hike for you. Click a link below to download your free hiking guide.


 

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Oct 07, 2013

By Katie Benoit

The rain clouds started to roll in quickly on August 9th as Melissa Capozza was midway through her climb. Thunder clapped in the background. Melissa pushed up steadily, struggling to complete the last climb of the day, of the week, before the pending storm settled in.

This was an important climb—perhaps the most important one. At just 5.11, it wasn’t the hardest grade, no. But for Melissa, it wasn’t about the grade. It was about the amount. And this climb was lucky number 40.

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