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Are we sharing nature to death? Social media isn’t the problem.

Social media is ruining the wilderness. That’s the claim that many are making. In preparing to write this article, I read dozens of similar articles or posts about how social media has decimated beautiful wilderness locations. I fully agree with many of the points made in these articles, but it’s not that simple. Geotagging your …

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mountain bike riding for weight loss

5 reasons why mountain bike riding is the best exercise ever for weight loss

It is the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels. Heinz Stücke Mountain biking is the best exercise for your weight loss and fitness journey. I know, that’s a bold statement. With all the other fitness fads out there like Crossfit, P90X, running ridiculously long distances, or obstacle races, how can mountain biking be the …

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How to choose a canyoneering rope

Canyoneering rope – which one should you choose? Canyoneering ropes come in many breeds, colors, and styles – all designed for the rugged canyoneering environment. Some will fit your needs better than others for various reasons. This article will help you pick the right rope to add to your family and will discuss the care …

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Simple natural navigation techniques that will get you home alive

“Complete freedom is not what a trail offers. Quite the opposite; a trail is a tactful reduction of options.” ― Robert Moor, On Trails: An Exploration Natural navigation intimidates many adventurers, but knowing a few basics can mean the difference between an emergency bivouac and a hot shower. Having no compass, map, GPS, or trail signs, doesn’t …

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Learn how to use a compass and map to avoid getting lost in the wild

“I went for a walk in the Arctic Circle without map or compass. Fortunately, I was only lost for hours, not days.” John Burnside This is the second part of a series. Go back and read part 1 if you missed it and you want to hear about my experience being lost. Then go read …

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Learn outdoor navigation skills to avoid losing your way in the wild

“It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.” Dr. Rollo May Learning navigation skills can seem a bit intimidating if you’re used to a well-beaten trail through the sunny warm woods, but if you want to venture off the trail into more remote places or if …

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winter trail running

Winter trail running doesn’t have to be hard, cold, or scary.

I remember my first winter trail running experiences well. I was on the wrestling team in high school and during the season, we had practice six days a week for two hours on the mat and coach had us run at least three times a week. This was in January in Utah. In Utah, winter …

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Why hiking is the gateway adventure

If you’re like many people, you find yourself scrolling through countless breathtaking travel photos on Instagram and think, “Wow! I’d love to go there, do that, and see what they saw.” There are millions of jaw-dropping peaks, valleys, lakes, beaches, forests, and deserts to see out there and almost all of them have one thing …

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