Little Moments (From the Big Outdoors) #2

The moment you step into an adventure, there is a string of events that will inevitably take place. With them can come moments of challenge, exhaustion, and sometimes despair. But if you look hard enough, below the surface lie the hidden gems that make the struggle all worthwhile. Those little moments that say: ‘Hey outside!... Continue Reading →

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Of Voices and Value: Love for our Local Lands

Although the space between now and Monday’s announcement grows, my social media feed continues to thunder: Outdoor enthusiasts with their protests (‘Solitude not Crude!’) Grassroots organizations with their kickstarters ($159K and counting) Outdoor brands with their lawsuits against the administration (The President Stole Your Land) A war has been declared, and the outdoor industry isn’t... Continue Reading →

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Little Moments (From the Big Outdoors) – Pilot

The moment you step into an adventure, there is a string of events that will inevitably take place. With them can come moments of challenge, exhaustion, and sometimes despair. But if you look hard enough, below the surface lie the hidden gems that make the struggle all worthwhile. Those little moments that say: ‘Hey outside!... Continue Reading →

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Race Review: Seattle Half Marathon

Time and Place The Amica Seattle Marathon is held each year in late November on the weekend of American Thanksgiving. The course takes participants on a scenic tour of the city, beginning and ending by the base of the city's iconic Space Needle. Race Distances Half and full marathon: 21 km and 42 km (both... Continue Reading →

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Race Review: Cloudsplitter100

Time and Place In 2017, the Cloudsplitter100 was held early October in the Jefferson National Forest with a start and finish in Norton, Virginia. In previous years, however, the race took place on the trails of Kentucky’s Pine Mountain (more on that later). Race Distances Moderate to Ultramarathon: 25 km; 50 km; 100 km; 100... Continue Reading →

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Race Review: Sulphur Springs Trail Race

Time and Place Sulphur Springs is organized by the Burlington Runners Club and is held late May in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area, Ancaster, Ontario. Distances Moderate to Ultramarathon: 10 km; 25 km; 50 km; 50 miles; 100 km; 100 miles; 100 mile relay Note: 2017 had a 200-mile option but was added specifically to commemorate its 25th anniversary. To my knowledge,... Continue Reading →

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Of Mountains and Mats: A Weekend at Wanderlust

Let’s try something. Just for a moment, picture your solace - the place you feel the most at peace. What does it look like? When I think of mine, it often features a faraway place, a trail, and perhaps some gentle clouds flitting across distant snow-covered mountains. Most often, it also features solitude. It was... Continue Reading →

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Chained by Daisies: My First Year Outdoor Climbing

I remember a long summer afternoon when, as a young girl, I sat amongst long blades of grass while plucking the petals off of those common little white flowers. With the first between my fingers: ‘he loves me.’ The second: ‘he loves me not.’ With childhood innocence, I placed all my hope that as the last... Continue Reading →

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