The Western Highlands of Guatemala are the epitome of off-the-beaten-path, with long stretches so remote they were spared the country’s brutal 36 year civil war, and—as I discovered hiking across them—often literally without a path. More than an education in aspects of Guatemala’s cultures and landscapes though, my 6-day hike through the mountains and altiplano …

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Julie Ann Pedalino is not your average custom bike frame builder. With a background in the fine arts, she’s explored almost every medium out there. A creative, bubbly bike enthusiast, Julie learned to wrench at Velo Plus in Kansas City, and now applies her artistic eye to building bikes that fit their riders for form, …

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Have you seen any good outdoors films lately? Here’s a little something: “Paddling in Spite of the Ordinary” explores spirituality and life balance through water sports. The documentary reveals a woman breaking paddling boundaries yet grounding herself in the commonplace and everyday. “Paddling in Spite of the Ordinary” delves into the shifting paradigms in the …

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I had not heard of the term “stretch role” until my mother told me that her employer had given her one. Although I’m usually a supporter of experiential learning, I was somewhat suspicious of her new stretch assignment. It sounded like a lot of extra work for very little reward. “Wait – they’re giving you …

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Isn’t it funny to think about how things in our everyday lives work … and how little we actually know? Ever wondered how that old car of yours keeps going? It all starts with the engine, which converts gasoline into motion through tiny explosions. Man, she’s been more of a trooper through all your travels …

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This story appears on the Out There podcast. Listen along:  There’s a hard side to the trail that is dirty and damaging, and it brings out my wrinkles – and my vanity. I am exposed and vulnerable here, alone on this remote part of the 500-mile Colorado Trail that takes me through a vast expanse …

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I always aim to carry my camera, but more often than not I don’t because it’s too bulky. But, the subtle ergonomic cut of the Tanner Goods SLR Camera Strap means I’m comfortable hefting that weight around. The design, coupled with the security of the strap, makes it well worth the cost—particularly if you carry a …

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Gillian Grogan’s music is woven with intention, and imprinted with the places and people she’s come across in her travels. A self-described engineer, sustainability geek, musician, and human, she wields the power of her songs as a call to action for the environment, and the people who inhabit it. Cross-legged in the September sun, I …

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When I fronted up to my first kiteboarding lesson about ten years ago, there were two things on my mind. The first thing was: this could hurt, and the other was: where are all the girls? The first, turned out to be completely unfounded, while the second is still true ten years on. Although the …

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[dropcap size=big]W[/dropcap]ith an unsettling nausea looming in my stomach, masked by overall uneasiness, I hesitantly stepped out of the taxi—it being the sole comfort that I had holed up in for the past hour, sheepishly peering out the windows with pure ignorance combined with wonder. Jetlagged, starving, disoriented and profusely perspiring—and despite the fact that …

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The big 3-0 is a huge milestone—at least for me it was. Although the idea of entering a new decade didn’t prompt a need to settle down and commit to a certain kind of lifestyle, the fact of the matter is, turning 30 is a pretty big deal. Despite being a rather optimistic person, I’ll …

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