Skills

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There’s a saying amongst joggers: “The hardest step is the first one out the door.” It holds true right across the outdoor sport spectrum—the toughest part about getting outside is simply opening your door. Why? Because life gets in the way.
Most people aim to hike while it’s light, but doing the opposite adds adventure to even an easy hike. In the dark, all your senses turn on. Take off your headlamp and things get even more exciting. Here’s how to...
We knew they’d figured out our game when they put locks on the dumpsters and giant lights behind the hippie-gone-industrial organic bakery. The staff had been throwing their leftovers, still bagged, into the dumpster and the bread had been providing...
Riding your bike through the winter is a fantastic way to stay fit and motivated, but cold-weather riding poses some unique challenges. The mechanical properties of many materials transform when the mercury plummets, creating a topsy-turvy world where things don’t...
Anyone who likes to ski powder would have wanted to ski Cherry Bowl on March 17, 2013. The huge alpine face near Terrace, British Columbia’s Shames Mountain ski area was full of fresh snow. Not a track scarred its perfection.
Do you want to fix your banged-up apparel, tune-up your bike and organize your gear better, both at home and on the trail? We have all those tips and more—time to elevate your game! When your waterproof gear springs a leak,
The best way to avoid being caught in an avalanche is by avoiding avalanche terrain in the first place. This requires knowing what it looks like. Look for slopes angled between 25 and 45 degrees. Think of a standard staircase—this is...
"Everyone will want to see this!” I click on my GoPro and roll downhill. I’m mountain biking in Quebec and the combination of granite bedrock, roaring rapids and a fall leaf show is blowing my mind. I can only imagine...
Every sport has heroes, stars and visionaries—those seemingly uber-talented individuals who re-set the bar, over and over again. During the past 20 years, I’ve been lucky enough to connect with a number of the leaders in my world. Each taught...
Raphael Slawinski is not your typical sponsored climber. For starters, he calls himself a weekend warrior. From September to April, Slawinski teaches physics at Calgary’s Mount Royal University five days per week. And he’s 49 years old. So while his...
By the time I take the last steps to the car on Vancouver Island’s Bedwell Lakes Trail, I’ve been hiking in the same polypropylene base-layer for three days. The second I pull the shirt off, I smell freedom from the...
Are you striving to ensure your outdoor gear lasts for years? Heidi Allen, marketing director for Nikwax North America—a U.K.-based manufacturer of cleaning, conditioning and waterproofing products—stresses one vital tip that extends across the gear-care spectrum: “Clean it!” “This is probably...
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