“Wait!” I shout as my head smacks below the surface of the pool. I flail around for a few minutes, trying to remember where to have my hands on the paddle and when to snap my hips. I eventually forget and the lady teaching me uses her body weight and arms to roll the kayak …

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I first met Crista Scott at the Born to Run Ultramarathons where I and several dozen others spent a weekend camping, dancing and running ultramarathons — by which I mean we ran 31, 50 or 100 miles around a farm in Santa Barbara, California. Although the run itself was fun, it was the people that were …

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Stay hydrated this summer with a brand-new Hydro Flask! We’re partnering with Hydro Flask to give away a Wide Mouth water bottle, recently redesigned with a flexible cap and delicious new summer colors! (Seriously, though. Color options include “kiwi,” “mango,” “mint,” “citron,” and “plum” — how do the folks at Hydro Flask expect us to resist taking a bite? Guess we’ll have to …

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After being raped on her second night at college, Aspen Matis went from being a student to being an alchemist of sorts—transforming herself from a victim into an empowered young woman impacting the lives of others. In Girl In the Woods, Matis chronicles hiking alone along The Pacific Crest Trail, “a continuous footpath through the deserts, …

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I was unprepared for almost everything about our trip. When my boyfriend, Greg, and I landed at the San Jose airport in Mexico, I was shocked by the heat. Despite the motivation for our February trip largely being a break from Montana’s winter, stepping into 90 degree heat felt like stepping on to the sun. …

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I was a curious kid. I climbed trees. I explored the creeks near my home. I rollerbladed on trails paralleling the Pacific Ocean. As a kid, the world was this big, beautiful place to explore, and I dove into all of its wonder without question. Then something happened as adolescence kicked in. Society started to …

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On January 30, 2016, Becca Pizzi’s name broke across the news as the first American woman to complete the World Marathon Challenge: 7 marathons on 7 continents in only 7 days. In only its second year running, the World Marathon Challenge spans the globe with marathons in Union Glacier, Antarctica; Punta Arenas, Chile; Miami, USA; Madrid, Spain; Marrakech, …

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He picked up his pace as I quickened mine. “Oooo, mambo,” he leered as he crossed the street to meet me on the side of the road. “Napenda, napenda,” he murmured as he walked next to me. In my Swahili language class, I would later learn this translates to “I like, I love.” He was …

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The Rocky Mountain Front in Montana was my backyard. I grew up incredibly fortunate to spend summers constructing clumsy wooden forts in forests of Englemann Spruce (Picea engelmannii), tubing down shallow Spring Creek (ever uneasy about mountain lion rumors), and unenthusiastically participating in team sports (by standing aloof in the outfield). But my best memories …

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“If it terrifies you so much, why do you do it?” my mother asked. I was about to leave for Port-au-Prince to sail on a relief yacht through Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, and the Cayman Islands. I was popping anti-anxiety meds, losing sleep, my fingers itching to call it all off. To retreat into safety. I had never …

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