Here’s a brief history of women’s running apparel summed up in a conversation: Dude designer: Hey, I’m making these running shorts for these women. Dude manager: Great, we don’t know if there’s a market for it but we’re getting a ton of requests for women’s apparel from actual women. But, you never know. What have …

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Since I touched down on a runway in Anchorage in a blizzard, I’ve had the feeling of being magnetized to a place for reasons unknown. It was my first year out of college, when it seemed like I was stumbling along the path of least anxiety, hoping to get something right. Oddly, for me that …

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Distance runner, traveler, adventurer, and writer Jenny Tough lives up to her name. She’s trekked and paddled her way through six continents, including the unmapped terrain of the Tien Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Here’s her on goals, challenges, and what she brings on her runs.  You were the first person to run solo and unsupported …

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When I was a grad student, one of the most life changing pieces of advice I received was to book a vacation for after our thesis defense. If I passed, I could celebrate on vacation.  And if I didn’t, I still was going on a vacation. As a student in industrial design, essentially problem solving, …

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Unless you have a private boat or seaplane, the only way to get to Dry Tortugas National Park, the southernmost terminus of the United States, is on a ferry called the Yankee Freedom III that docks in Key West, Florida. The park encompasses seven islands 70 miles from both Key West and Cuba. The islands, …

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Minnesotans have some pretty distinct quirks, like watching hockey in June, torturing their vowels, and waxing poetic about going “Up North.” Up North, it seems, is more of a theory than an actuality. The most common version involves semi-rustic log cabins, copper-colored lakes and dark pine forests. But the widely agreed upon Holy Grail of …

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In college I shared a bathroom with a girl who made her own cheese. She rode a bike with no brakes and handlebars that you had to hold crooked to go straight. She washed her hair only once a week, and convinced me to do the same. She also composted. One wet spring evening I …

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Six miles off the wild, southwest coast of Tasmania, in a remote region of world heritage wilderness, stands Australia’s most southerly lighthouse on a magnificent island called Maatsuyker. Maatsuyker Island is known for extreme weather and gale force winds over 100 days of the year. The island is a safe haven for dozens of protected …

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One-day festivals celebrating women, music, and the outdoors?? If that’s not enough to entice you, here are a few more words: Yoga class. Rock climbing. Live music. Paddling. 5Ks. Outdoor skill-building classes. Speakers. Community-building with women in the outdoors. Hammock zone. Hammock zone. Hammock zone. REI Outessafest locations and dates have just been announced, and we’re so …

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When Apple released the first iPhone, many worried it aimed to do too much. Combining a phone, camera, web browser, iPod, and more? The device couldn’t possibly nail every functionality. Of course, necessary sacrifices in certain departments would make it, at best, a compromise in quality in multiple areas or, at worst, a complete flop …

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The Summit Photography Workshops and Misadventures Magazine are excited to announce the 2018 Adventure Photography Contest! Open to all female photographers, the winner of this contest will receive a free tuition to the 2018 Summit Adventure Photography Workshop in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and a subscription to Misadventures Magazine. Other prizes include backpacks from ThinkTank Photo and external …

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You know that comforting feeling you get hugging a friend? Or that all-encompassing warmth in the room when sharing a meal with a loved one? That’s Feathered Friends. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. This past winter was my first in South Dakota, and it was a bit chilly, to say the least. The cold …

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