120 Degree Rule

120 Degree Rule

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With warmer temperatures just around the corner, the desire to paddle grows stronger.   Don’t forget about the 120 degree rule this spring.  That is if the air temperature plus water temperature don’t equal at least 120 degrees, you are at a greater risk of hypothermia.  This doesn’t mean you can’t paddle, it just means you [...]

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Indoor Mountain Bike Park

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When riding your mountain bike outdoors isn’t an option (muddy trails, frigid temperatures), then consider going to an indoor mountain bike park.  Not only does it allow you to ride when conditions outside aren’t conducive, but it increases your riding skills.  Instead of having to keep your bike on 18″ of tread outdoors, you have [...]

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Outdoor Clothing Repair

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Rip, snag, tear…oh, no, you’ve just torn a hole in your favorite pair of snow pants. This was just my luck on a recent ice climbing adventure.  As I hung onto my ice axes and dug the crampons on my toes into the ice, the side crampons snagged my snow pants and rip.   Throwing [...]

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Ice Climbing Adventure

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With both ice axes and my left foot firmly planted, I strike the ice with the crampon attached to my right boot.  Increasing pressure, I feel my foot slip.  No, that isn’t going to work.  I strike the ice again in a different spot.  This time it is good.  I transfer my weight to both [...]

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2,181 Miles

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2,181 miles.  It can seem like eternity or as fast as lightning, but sometimes it is what you need to clear your mind and discover who you really are.  Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, or any trail for that matter, takes months of training and preparation.  Even then, there are many unforeseen occurrences.  Some good; some [...]

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Muddy Conditions

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While the allure of being covered in mud from head to toe sounds exhilarating, there is a time and a place for it.  Caving or spelunking is one of those places.  As you twist, turn, crawl, and pull yourself through tight openings, the inside of the cave will undoubtedly stick to you like a leech.  [...]

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Get Lost…in the Wilderness

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Well, don’t actually get lost geographically speaking, but take the opportunity to truly lose yourself in the wilderness.  Free your mind of worry, stress, and anxiety.  Take a deep breath and relax as you marvel at the wonders in nature.  I challenge you to pull out a map, look for greenspace, and visit a park [...]

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Look Again

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Wow, what a beautiful frozen waterfall!  I can’t wait to go ice climbing on that.  All I need are my harness, helmet, crampons, ice tools, and I am set and ready to go.  But, wait…are there still leaves on the trees?  How can that be?  With that much ice frozen and ready to climb, surly [...]

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Living on the Edge

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Reservations have been made for months; however, I haven’t allowed myself to contemplate the reality of what I am signed up to do.   Nonetheless, time doesn’t stop, and before I know it, the countdown has begun.  5, 4, 3, 2, 1…one more day until I go skydiving.  Starring me in the face, I must face [...]

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True Silence

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Did you hear that?  Me either.  No humming of car engines, music blaring, or machinery working.  It is the sound of complete silence; a silence that can only be found in the wilderness.  Only when you truly focus, can you hear the leaves rustling in the wind, birds singing a sweet lullaby, and water splashing [...]

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