High School Mountain Bike Racing Is About Much More Than Who Finishes First

In the Colorado High School Cycling League, kids discover a thousand different reasons to love riding. When I ask my son, Hatcher, what his favorite thing about his inaugural season on the Boulder High School mountain bike team was, he says, “The rice cake.” “The rice cake?” “Yes, the rice cake.” Then he describes it.…

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What Does it Mean if a Jacket is Water Resistant?

With storm season in full bluster, the need for dependable raingear develops a greater sense of urgency. If you’re shopping for a new rain jacket, you’ll quickly encounter a trio of seemingly interchangeable terms: water resistant, waterproof and water repellent. Is there really a difference between them? Spoiler alert: “Waterproof” beats “water resistant” and “waterproof/breathable”…

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A Trailblazing Wildland Firefighter Provides Training for Women

Through our Keepers of the Outdoors series, we’ll introduce you to people who protect and care for our wild places. Bequi Livingston is an old-school badass. She spent her career fighting fires alongside the most respected crews in the West. Today, she’s dedicated to training more women in backcountry firefighting. She began working with the…

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How to Choose the Right Backpacking Stove Fuel

Back when dinosaurs (like me) first roamed the backcountry, your choice of stove fuel was pretty much gas (in a sealed canister) or liquid (in a refillable bottle). Interestingly, if you’re a newbie hiker today, starting out with a gas- or liquid-fuel stove still makes the most sense. That’s not to say nothing innovative is…

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