Feeling like a boss in my Bogs The best pieces of gear make you feel invincible, even if it’s only temporary. I felt that way when I first tried a wetsuit in cold water. Or the first time I pedaled a really efficient, light bike to go uphill. Or that time I got my first …

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With summer on the horizon, we’re getting pumped about events like the 4th Annual Swift Campout! Our friends at Swift Industries are calling on adventure cyclists all over the world to go bike-camping overnight on June 23rd. There’s nothing like riding with a bunch of friends, setting up camp, and savoring some time outside. We’ve …

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Trust Exercises

Sometimes you just gotta get out of town and hack your way up a frozen waterfall. The maple-colored mushroom of ice loomed above my head. Snow piled atop my helmet, pelted my face, and coated the thick Northern Minnesota forest. I had just hiked up a short 60-degree incline to reach the vertical wall of …

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Slogging through the transition from winter to spring (sprinter, if you will) can feel like riding out the swings of a pendulum. Will the temperature suddenly plummet? Will it really pour all day? How many jackets is too many jackets to wear? It’s tough to prepare for unpredictable weather, especially when you’ve been holding out all winter …

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The always dope AndShesDopeToo and outdoors powerhouse Backcountry.com have teamed up to present the highly-anticipated film, Moksha. It follows three Nepali women who have dedicated themselves to spreading the joy that mountain biking can bring to women across the Himalayas. Throughout the course of the film, they compete in races across the Asian continent, claim titles as the first female …

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A motorbike sped down the trail I had traversed the previous evening. It circled my tent and came to a stop. A man bent down, zipped open the tent and reached for my wallet and phone in the side mesh sleeve. Unsure of what to do, I grabbed his forearm and feverishly blew my whistle …

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I started mountain biking for one of the more common reasons that people start anything that’s new, unfamiliar, and kind of scary: to impress a boy. It was springtime, and I was 24 with a new boyfriend who talked about mountain biking the way that I talk about New Jersey pizza. That is to say, …

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As I tried to silently sob in my brother-in-law’s tiny Spanish apartment, my partner exasperatedly mumbled, mostly to himself, that maybe he would just stay in Spain longer and I could head home early, which made me cry even more, which made it even harder to cry quietly. Why was I crying? I was in …

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Fuel your outdoor adventures with delicious recipes and simple ideas for camp cooking: Make Meals in Advance Make casseroles, soups, stews, and other one-pot meals — and freeze them in waterproof, heavy-duty plastic bags. Bake and freeze muffins and cookies, too. When it’s time to load up for the trip, pack your frozen foods strategically …

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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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