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The Hiking Brain – Boost Your Creativity and Happiness

  Outdoor exercise can do more for your brain than just the familiar runners-high.  Most of us have experienced a euphoric feeling while on the trail or reaching the summit of a difficult climb.  These pleasurable feelings are a result of a complex interaction of chemicals in the brain.  The hiking brain uses endorphins to… Keep Reading

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SunRidge Farms Trail Mix – Product Review

Fueling outdoor adventures with calories is usually a bland task occasionally punctuated with a minimal spice kit and your choice of hot sauce.  Nothing is more of a staple in outdoor adventures than a bag of trail mix.  In 16 years of outdoor excursions, I have tasted many types of mixes that were all pretty… Keep Reading

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EcoZoom Dura Rocket – The Ideal Base Camp Stove

This nifty cast iron stove from EcoZoom is called the Dura Rocket.  The compact and durable Dura Rocket might become the ideal addition to your next base camp adventure, or simply a new way to experience cooking in your own back yard. Utilizing biomass fueled heat (dead tree branches/ yard clippings/ wood chips) the Dura combines an abrasion-resistant and…… Keep Reading

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Adventure Medical Kit – Product Review

Earlier this year, I completed a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification. I took the course to better equip myself to handle the inevitable blister, falling rock, bug bite or broken bone that many of us face in the backcountry. While the course was helpful in providing some of the basics for safety in the outdoors,… Keep Reading

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Fear and Loathing on the Yellowstone River Trail

  The thought “Well that title’s a bit dramatic” probably crossed your mind. Just wait, it gets worse. Backpacking the Yellowstone River trail ranks among one of the most terrifying and exhilarating backpacking experiences of my life.  It was my first time in Yellowstone, and I was about to realize what I’d signed up for. Before even setting… Keep Reading

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Breaking News – Puget Sound Open Water Swim Record Set

A Puget Sound open water swim record was set Sunday when swimmer Erika Norris set a new record for the 10.4 mile Amy Hiland Swim from Bremerton to Alki Point, Wash.  According to the Northwest Open Water Swimming Association, the swim took Norris 4:09:20.  The previous record was set in 1959 by Amy Hiland, Hiland… Keep Reading

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Elite DriDown Hoody

Finally, a down jacket that is dressed to impress on the trail; not just the city sidewalk. Avid outdoors enthusiasts flock to down coats because of their exceptional compressibility and impressive warmth-to-weight ratio. However, the age-old issue with down has been that it’s useless when wet. Sierra Designs offers a DriDown alternative that excels in… Keep Reading

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Book Review – Awesome Woman’s Outdoor Guide

A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO THE WILD Your Complete Outdoor Handbook By Ruby McConnel and Illustrated by Teresa Grasseschi 287 pp. Available through Sasquatch Books or Amazon for $18.95 As the outdoors increasingly becomes a mystery to our screen bound society, Ruby McConnel writes a practical guide to all the secrets of the wild that beginners… Keep Reading

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Backpack Kayaking – Alpine Lake Adventure

As we trekked down the path, the rain created an eerie setting. We’d gotten a late start on our backpack kayaking trip and the sky was rapidly darkening as we scrambled over and under trees that had fallen across the trail. Between blinking the rain away, our eyes struggled to find footing for our feet… Keep Reading

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