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How to Poop in the Woods

Picture this.  You’re with a group of your best buddies enjoying the beautiful scenery of your favorite trail. You guys have been sharing stories, and loving every second on the trail. You’ve only got 1 mile left until you get to where you are going to set up camp, and the sun is just starting to set over the ridgeline to the west.  The past 5 hours have been just perfect. You can’t wait to get the fire started, eat your favorite dry-freezed meal (fettuccini alfredo of course), and sip on some fine whiskey.  Then it hits…  You know the feeling. The “I have to find a bathroom in the next 10 seconds or else it’s going to be a...

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Why Trail Running is the Best Sh*t Ever

I absolutely love trail running. It is the best, here are the 5 reasons why trail running is better than heading to the gym: 1. It’s Free: Minus a few bucks you might spend on some good trail running shoes, a nice headlamp, a cool water bottle, or an annual parking pass at your favorite trail – trail running is pretty much the cheapest form of exercise you can do. Now, you can get pretty crazy with trail running if you want to and get all geared out. But at it’s core, all you really need is a pair of running shoes and a water bottle.  Compare that to monthly gym memberships, CrossFit Boxes, and other forms of exercise, and...

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Top 5 Tips for Fall Hiking

The leaves are changing, the temperatures are dropping, and it’s becoming the best season for taking off on an adventure in the mountains.  Autumn offers some of the best times of the year for hiking. With the leaves mostly fallen at summits of mountains, you can get some of the best views all year. It’s hard to beat a tough hike to the top of a mountain where you look out and see the vibrant reds, yellows, and orange colors painting the treetops.  However, hiking always brings some inherent risks, and some of them are unique to the time of the year.  Here’s our top 5 tips to make sure that your fall hiking adventure is safe, fun, and memorable....

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How to Not Die from a Bear Attack

Let me put this out there – I am no expert at camping and hiking. I’ve never climbed Everest, I’ve never done a through-hike on the Appalachian Trail, nor have I ever done an ultra-marathon 50 -mile trail run. I certainly don’t claim to be the next Bear Grylls… However, I have an extreme passion and love for the outdoors that has continued to grow with every adventure. I also have an extreme will to accomplish goals. So, when I set out to do a week-long excursion in the woods – even if I don’t know anything about it – you better believe that I’m going, and I’ll figure it out along the way. This “trial-and-error” approach stems a lot...

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Who Else Wants to Feel Manly Again?

I know that I can’t be the only one struggling with this. In a world where skinny jeans are all the rage and Bieber songs about losing your girlfriend are at the top of the charts, it seems that the idea of “masculinity” has totally disappeared. More often than not, men are now more concerned with how many likes they have on freaking Facebook than how they can become a better man or provide more for their family. Being masculine, as defined by Webster, is having qualities appropriate to or usually associated with a man. Wow, what a definition. That literally tells us nothing. It tells us that to be masculine, you have to act as if you are a...

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