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How Long Does It Take To Hike Bear Peak?

Sitting high above the Front Range at 8342 feet, Bear Peak is one of the most incredible hikes in and around Boulder, Colorado.  The 5.5 to 7 miles of trail (depending upon where you start out) offers unparalleled views of the surrounding landscape including the views over Boulder, the Continental Divide to the west, and …

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Santa Cruz Trek in 4 Days – Trip Report and Guide

The Cordillera Blanca, or ‘white mountains’ in English, are one of the most naturally astonishing mountain ranges on Earth, and an absolute masterpiece as far as serious hikers are concerned. This gorgeous 120-mile off-shoot of the Andes mountains in northern Peru is home to Huascaran, the 22,205-foot giant and the highest mountain in Peru. And …

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How To Summit Jebel El-Kelaa in Chefchaouen, Morocco

Have you heard about that Blue City, hidden by the Rif Mountains in the north of Morocco? That place with the seemingly-difficult-to-pronounce name of Chefchaouen (but is actually so much fun to say, and just rolls off the tongue – think a cooking chef, the Shah of Iran and when, as in, when the heck …

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Avoid These 5 Common Ultramarathon Mistakes

  When running a distance over 26.2 miles, anything can go wrong. Ultras appeal to runners because ultimately they will push people to their physical and mental limits. Parts of the race can go sideways, and the ability to problem solve is a necessary tool to have. Whether adjustments can be made or not, eventually …

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THE 7 BEST Summer Outdoor Activities in Steamboat Springs

When I first moved to Steamboat Springs, I was itching to get skiing and experience that “Champagne Powder”. When April came around, I went on my last back country ski tour and looked out at the view with nostalgia, thinking that I would surely miss the snow when it was gone. Then, for the first …

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My Solo Ascent of Mont Blanc from Les Bettieres

Mont Blanc is one of the most beautiful climbs that any mountaineer can embark on, and one of the deadliest. This past September I had the opportunity to make a solo ascent up what is one of the most heralded mountains in the sport. It was a very challenging ascent, but also one of the …

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Just How Light is Ultralight Backpacking? A Beginner’s Guide

Welcome to the wonderful world of “ultralight” backpacking. We all want a lighter pack weight while at the same time being as comfortable on the trail as possible. If you are ready to take this ambition to the next level. This article is for you! So, how light is ultralight backpacking? Ultralight backpackers have packs …

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How to Waterproof a Hiking Backpack: The Complete Guide

Imagine this: you’re midway through a two week trip in the Pacific Northwest and – no surprise – it starts to rain. A slow drizzle quickly turns into a heavy downpour, so much so that your rain jacket is just another layer of wet on your skin. The rain continues for hours and, before you …

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10 Spectacular Summer Activities in Innsbruck

Picture a small city, nestled in a valley- a beautiful teal blue glacial river runs through the middle. Topping off the old European architecture are megalith peaks. Students on commuter bikes or athletes on mountain bikes whiz around the cities countless bike lanes. No matter where you are, a walk in the woods or a …

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