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The Least Amazing Miracle

You are waiting in line to check your bag, and then you’re waiting in line to go through the TSA checkpoint. Twenty people in front of you have to remove their shoes, slip their laptops out of their bags, find their Ziploc bag ...

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Professional Gear Review: Spoon

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery After years of rigorous, exhaustively documented testing in both the backcountry and the frontcountry, I feel confident in stating that ...

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It’s Time You Tried Extreme Picnicking

Do you do sports outside, but maybe would like to do new sports outside? Have you tried bikepacking, SUP-ing, SUP yoga-ing, slackline yoga-ing, fat bicycling, powder surfing, and wondered, What is next for me? Let me respond to your question with another question: ...

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The Vasque View outside Henningsvaer in Norway's Lofoten Islands.

Why Are You Not Using All Your Vacation Days?

Hi, yes, you. Did you run out of vacation days last year? No? What’s wrong? As Americans, we’re doing a piss-poor job of vacationing. Are you an American? You might be part of the problem. Americans left 169 million paid vacation days on ...

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Shout Out To Old Bikes

A couple Saturdays ago, I got this e-mail from my friend Lee: Would you or anybody else you know be interested in this classic Trek 820 that Kerry rescued from a dumpster? It is in good shape and mechanically looks and feels sound. ...

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How To Be Nice To People

A few weeks ago, I was coasting in my van down 6th avenue in Denver, a dollar in my hand ready to hand out the window to whoever was standing with a cardboard sign at the corner of 6th and Colorado (there’s always ...

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10 Tips To Help Lighten Your Backpack

A heavy backpack can make a backpacking trip no fun at all. Here are a few tips to lighten your load and maximize the fun on your next outing: 1. Instead of packing 8 beers for your overnight backpacking trip, just take 6. ...

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The Art And Joy Of Busting Someone’s Balls

There is no class in high school or college on how to insult a friend in an endearing manner. If there were, it would be an elective, a class only of value to a certain subset of people, not a mandatory course—because, like ...

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