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Whiskey Dick Mountain Bike Ride

Big views, some “techy” dirt roads, desert flowers in bloom, and hopefully dry & sunny weather. That’s the idea behind this ride in mid-April in the shrub steppe near Vantage, WA. It should appeal to those who like the desert, feel comfortable being out in remote places...

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Faster Without Pedaling

Alright ya'll it is getting near mountain bike season. Let's get ready to ride! Check out this video Faster Without Pedaling to learn some new tricks of the trade.
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A Tale of Two 'Mids'

A review of two pyramid-styled tents: The Mega Light from Black Diamond and the Ultamid 4 from Hyperlite Mountain Gear. The Mega Light gets the nod for best value -- it's a quality product at an affordable price. The Ultamid gets kudos for being the best product, but the added space, increased strength, and reduced weight will cost you.

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Rise of the 'Mids'

In the outdoor world where needed equipment is usually strapped to your back, less is often more. Such is the case with floorless tents that rise from a wide base to a narrow apex and are generally referred to as pyramids, megamids or ‘mids'. Read our biased report about why these tents rule.

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Trail Do's and Don'ts

How many times have you rolled into a trailhead parking lot, and hit the trail without so much as a glance toward the kiosk at the beginning? We are all guilty--especially at trailheads we use frequently. How many times do we really need to be reminded of staying on the trail, not cutting switchbacks, taking only pictures…? It all leaves us thinking that if we wanted to be under the thumb of regulations we could have stayed in town!

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Coolest Products -2

How quickly have we opened our mouths and inserted a foot. Right after professing in Coolest Products – 1 that we rarely see things at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Show that really knock our socks off, we saw something that promises to do just that.

Topo! Explorer, an Internet map website being launched by National Geographic in April, rates as the coolest thing we saw at the show this year. We previewed a beta version of the website...

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Best of Tunes

by Kim T. Anderson

After years of using audio gadgets, I’ve found a sweet spot that’s simple, small, convenient, and relatively cheap. The unit has stood out among the many I’ve used for active sports like running and mountain biking. It may not, however, be the best choice for platform diving.... I started out using different cassette players in the 80’s, moved to the ever-skipping CD player in the 90's

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Ancient Lakes - Fred & Franks Loop


/ClientFiles/5d519366-9c6e-4bf1-88da-9a5a13184e8a/AncientLk-1007-0043sm.JPG I was introduced to this super-scenic route and the complex terrain around the many lakes and ponds surrounding Ancient Lake area (fed by Columbia Basin irrigation water) by friends Fred Rose and Frank Wycoff. They had strung together threads of jeep roads and single track into an amazingly scenic loop. Unfortunately two-thirds of the way through the ride, I hopped off a rock shelf, lodged the front tire, and flew

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Foothills Trail - Video Slideshow

  If you've heard about the 'Foothills Trail' in the open lands flanking Wenatchee to the west, and wondered exactly what that was all about, this slideshow will explain it better....
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'Going' in the Woods

‘Downloading’ in the wilds – whether that’s in the woods while hiking, on glaciers while climbing, or along a river while car camping or canoeing – ranks as one of those least-discussed topics. It’s a topic novices are embarrassed asking about and one professionals are none to keen to hop on the soapbox and lecture about. So the whole mess gets swept under the rug. ...