In an outdoor relationship you really can share sunrises...
Spring may get much of the romance hype, but summer promises its own sweaty outdoor possibilities.
For some, summer is when an outdoorperson's thoughts turn to sharing nature with that special someone. Someone to share sunsets and pack loads. Someone to whack deer flies off your head.
A partner who will weigh every ounce of your gear, including your unmentionables, just to make sure you know that the Patagonia undies wear half an ounce more than the Moving Comfort ones — because nothing says love like obsession (read any song lyrics for proof).
If the heat has put outdoor relationships on your brain, you might enjoy "Love is patient. Love is kind. Love never says, 'Can’t you go any faster?'," an article by Gillian Scott. I read it in the TimesUnion.com ages ago, but good advice (like love) is timeless. Check it out before you introduce your sweetie to the outdoors. A few quick tips: Don’t be whiny (it accomplishes nothing). And don't lie about the mileage (it's not like they won't find out the truth).
On the flip side, what if you've grown apart from your climbing or hiking buddy? How does one navigate such a potentiall touchy break-up? In that case, check out "Trading up 101: How to dump your outdoors partner" by Jenn Fields at ColoradoDaily.com for some (humorous) tips on making the break from a sporting relationship. (I'd recommend "It's not you, it's me" for the softest letdown.) Here's hoping none of you recognize yourself in these scenarios.