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All That We Behold is Full of Blessings

"All that we behold is full of blessings. Therefore let the moon shine on thee in thy solitary walk; And let the misty mountain winds be free to blow against thee."

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Black Diamond Debuts 25% Lighter Camalot Ultralights

For many rock climbers, Black Diamond's Camalot is the standard camming device. Come spring you'll be able to get one that's 25 percent lighter.

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6 Reasons to Start at Trailspace

If you're anything like us, you'd rather be outside than shopping. But if you are buying outdoor gear, clothing, or gifts this holiday season, you should start at Trailspace. Here's why.

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Merry Christmas to You!

Merry Christmas to all of our Trailspace friends! May your holidays and the year to come be filled with peace, joy, and adventure outdoors with family and friends.

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Noticing Miracles and Giving Thanks

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” - Albert Einstein

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Can a "Hunger Games" effect get more people outdoors?

Can a young adult tale about a post-apocalyptic society inspire more people, especially kids, to get outside? Could the "Hunger Games" make outdoor survival skills and self-sufficiency cool?

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Happy Thanksgiving

Years ago, I began a tradition of spending Thanksgiving night outside. I hoped that, under the stars, in the clean air, I would find those things for which I should truly be thankful.

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Patagonia Music Collective: Buy Exclusive Tunes, Support Environment

Get exclusive music tracks from the likes of Pearl Jam, Jack Johnson, Mason Jennings, and Bonnie Raitt and support environmental groups, through Patagonia's...

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Links and News from the Outdoor World

Here's an end-of-the-week, roundup of links to some recent outdoor news.   House Votes to Slash Conservation The Wilderness Society wants your help to...

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Video: Propeller-Assisted Skiing

Does cross-country skiing make you tired? Was "The Ultimate Skiing Showdown" video from earlier this week just a little too high energy for you to handle?

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Video: Ultimate Fun on Skinny Skis

Cross-country skiing today, I watched my son show off his ever-expanding nordic skills. In addition to skiing faster and stronger, those skills now include...

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Find your passion, find your happiness

While it's Valentine's Day, a day associated with happiness and love, we're not talking about the stuff of romantic Hallmark cards today.

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Peace on Earth, Good Will to All

Wishing every member of the Trailspace community, peace on earth and good will toward all.

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Give Thanks: Be Happier and Healthier

This week, you can't avoid being told to give thanks. But, there's more to gratitude than cursory platitudes.

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"Expedition Impossible" Casting Call: Outdoor Reality with Mark Burnett

Are you dynamic, competitive, and energetic? Do you have two similar friends willing to follow you across deserts, over mountains, and through rivers?

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Now what? After the big climb/hike/adventure

In August, I climbed Mount Rainier. I'd trained for months, the climb was fantastic, the group of women I climbed with was wonderful, the whole experience...

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Summer Romance, Outdoor Style

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...

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I'll see you one Clif Bar and raise you some Gorp

In our family we now have an unofficial tradition of going hiking and camping in the rain (and I mean a lot of rain) every June, and it looks like we'll...

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Stopping is for wimps!

Most of us back off during endurance activities when we feel we can't do anymore, not when we truly can't do more, according to this article by Jon Doran...

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It's spring...or rather mud season

According to the calendar, it's now officially spring. Whether that means several feet of snow on the ground or crocuses poking through the soil depends...

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Winter Endeth

Friday is the last full day of winter. So, if you've got any official winter business left to conquer, maybe a peak to bag, a run to ski, a route to climb,...

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The Edge of Never

Having repeatedly seen and enjoyed Steep, the documentary on big mountain skiing, I recently read William Kerig's The Edge of Never.

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"The days are long, but the years are short."

"The days are long, but the years are short." That's my Friday afternoon thought to share. I read it recently in The Happiness Project, a book by Gretchen...

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Phony wildlife photos proliferate in magazines

Among other outdoor organizations I belong to is the Audubon Society. Their excellent magazine, Audubon, has an article in the March-April 2010 issue...

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Experience versus mistakes

A lot of people come to Trailspace to learn from and share advice with fellow outdoorsy people, one might call them experienced people.

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Olympics Start Tonight

In case you've been asleep (or better yet, off in the backcountry beyond the reach of modern communication, magazine covers, and advertising campaigns),...

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New Year Optimism

I am currently hyped up on snowy-trail-run endorphins, new year optimism, and a handful of chocolate-covered espresso beans, making this an ideal time...

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Frozen: The Update

Many (including us*) have been having fun at the expense of the upcoming ski thriller (though not in the usual ski thrill sense) Frozen, based on the...

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Seizing the outdoor moment

An hour and a half ago I was hemming and hawing about going out for my run. I have a lot of work to do.

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Crazy for the Storm

You may have heard Norman Ollestad's survival story before. At the age of 11 Ollestad survived a 1979 plane crash in California's San Gabriel Mountains...

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A promising climbing movie: North Face

It can be easy to get climbing and other outdoor movies wrong, but here's one that looks quite promising, based on a true story about the competition...

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Frozen: because no one knows you're out there

I've been known to tell others not to judge something until you've actually tried it, whether that's outdoor gear, vegetables, a book, or a movie.

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Gift ideas for the mountainsexual on your list

The following "definition" comes from urbandictionary.com: MountainSexual Similar to metrosexual but one who lives in the mountains or otherwise pursues...

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Welcome to my winter state of mind

Recently a Trailspace member asked in the forums if others got out less in winter. I haven't done the math, but I believe I get outside even more in winter.

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The 11th Outdoor Essential: Good Health

I've spent the last week making the acquaintance of the H1N1 virus, and subsequently mentally preparing myself to alter my Thanksgiving hiking and camping...

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Vertical Limit: The Guide to Climbing

If you watched the 2000 "climbing" movie Vertical Limit and wondered — like me, and every other viewer with at least a basic understanding of climbing,...

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New Sport Alert: cross-country snowboarding

Get ready to practice your skootchline blunt and frontside and backside skootches this winter for cross-country snowboarding, or as the insiders say,...

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In case you missed it the first time...

My grade-school-age son is very interested in stories of science, adventure, and survival. His favorite bedtime book is Allen & Mike’s Really Cool...

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Spend Wisely

How you spend your day is how you spend your life. I read that on the sign outside my local bike shop.

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Alpinist Magazine is Back

Back in October we reported that Alpinist—the magazine, website, film fest, and more—had shut down.

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Valuing Your Time

The long weekend has come and gone, and I hope you took advantage of it by doing something you enjoy.

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It's Memorial Day Weekend

It's Memorial Day Weekend. For many of us this means a three-day weekend, and the chance to get outside and hike, backpack, climb, paddle, or camp.

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Go Outside with REI’s Passport to Adventure

REI invites children and families to explore the outdoors with Passport to Adventure, a free program that encourages kids to participate in outdoor activities.

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Trend Alert: Camping is Chic!

Fellow campers and backpackers (aka “nerdy families, nature geeks and Boy Scouts” according to a recent CNN.com article) will be pleased to note that...

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Independence: Pass it on

My father died from cancer this month. It goes without saying that this is a grievous event in my life.

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Free Tunes from REI's GoPlaylist

Want to hear some new tunes? How about for free? REI recently launched REIGoPlaylist.com, a free, downloadable, 10-song playlist, which features songs...

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Yakima says, Make Monday the new Sunday

If you have a regular, work-a-day job, two-day weekends are rarely long enough to support an active outdoor lifestyle.

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Toyota Trundling Ad Irresponsible

Over the holidays I caught a Toyota ad on TV that disturbed me. In the spot, three people push a very large boulder down a steep hill, destroying a truck...

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Proper Race T-shirt Etiquette

Running in a Turkey Trot or competing in another event today? Before you put on that spiffy new race T-shirt consider trailrunning blogger Bad Ben’s...

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Glamping: No One Asked But I Say “Nay”

None of my camping or backpacking trips would ever be called “glamorous.” I’ve never had a butler to toast my s’mores, a maid to offer nightly...

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