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You were never going to be that parent—the one with the kid pitching a fit on the bunny hill, sniveling about the cold and whining to be taken home. Yours may be one of those who take to the snow like a baby polar bear, but even the hardiest kid can have a rough day. Whether you’re headed to after-school lessons, a weekend getaway, or a family vacation, here are some tips for maximizing the fun and minimizing the pain of a day on the slopes with very young skiers. Tip #1: Keep ‘em warm … but don’t immobilize them. [...]

Skiing with Kids: Avoiding Meltdowns on the Mountain

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If there’s something that can be said for certain about ski mountaineers, it’s that they’re a pretty fit bunch. Competing in skimo races and even doing regular winter dawn patrols takes months of workout preparation. You’ve probably been running, doing interval training to build up your endurance for the uphill slog, and maybe even doing some strength training for ripping the downhill portion. But are you addressing the specific demands of ski mountaineering? Strength training is an integral part of ski training, but it’s also important to address ski-specific movements and situations. According to Taylor Eley, General Manager of the [...]

Strength Training for Ski Mountaineering

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I was super-nervous about switching from my indestructible Razr to an iPhone, since everyone I know with one seems to break theirs. So getting this was key, it handles drops no problem and makes it easier to grip the phone. However, the headphone jack issue is kind of a pain, and the lever for turning the ringer on and off has started acting up after only a month. I haven't taken the time yet to figure out what's wrong, but let's just say, the phone's not in the case right now. It's good for going out on the mountain, but maybe not for everyday use.

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I put this top through its paces in the surf during a recent vacation, and can report that this is one top you don't have to worry about! I can swim, play in the waves, dive for Frisbees, and not have any issues with wardrobe malfunctions. It's super-comfortable, too!

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Sure, you can just run. But strength training can help you run faster and better, and stay free from injury. If you’re going to start anywhere with strength training, start not with your legs, but with your core. The system of muscles – not just your abs – at your core are essential to supporting your posture, which will help you run more efficiently and cut down on fatigue. A stable core also enables you to respond to changes in terrain underfoot with a minimum of energy expenditure. We consulted with Whitney Liehr and Adam Daniels, both trainers at the [...]

Core Strength for Running: Planks

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The variety of hiking boots and hiking shoes has exploded in the past decade as designs become increasingly specialized and borrow from other categories like trail running shoes and approach shoes. The good news is that there are more choices than ever, but that also makes the selection process more difficult and confusing. Many people cope with this overwhelming variety by finding a shoe that they like, and then sticking with that same model year after year. But perhaps you are curious about the new shoes out there, or, horror of horrors, perhaps your go-to shoe or boot been discontinued. [...]

How to Choose the Right Hiking Shoes & Backpacking Boots

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The weather is warm and the outdoors is calling. Whether you have babes in arms or pre-teens, it is, with some planning and preparation, possible to answer the call. We surveyed Backcountry.com employees, many of whom are experienced family campers and backpackers, to gather tips and ideas to help make your summer adventures successful. Plan smart It’s important to scale your adventure to suit your kids. You may be into peak-bagging and can’t wait to introduce your kids to the wonders of the backcountry wilderness, but make yourself start small and build, particularly if you’re backpacking. Remember: they’re not going [...]

Tips for Camping With Kids

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Day three of your ski trip finds you near-crippled with pain and exhaustion, barely able to strap on the boots and clomp up to the lift. And although your body is screaming for you to stop, you press on—it’s your big ski trip of the year, and you want to make the most of it. But skiing when you’re stiff and sore just isn’t as fun. Worse, it may lead to injury when you can’t react to uneven conditions underfoot or turn quickly enough to avoid that big spruce in a tight tree run, earning you a ride down the [...]

Recovery Tactics for Ski Vacations

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Tri season’s getting underway, which means it’s time to gear up for racing. For many triathletes, particularly less experienced ones or those without a competitive swimming background, the prospect of swimming through open water with others thrashing away close by is terrifying. But by increasing your comfort level and de-stressing the whole swim leg, you can likely realize nearly as significant gains in performance as you can by piling on the training yardage. Even if you’re limited to getting most of your training done in a pool, it’s possible to address some of the conditions you’ll encounter in the open water during [...]

How to Prepare for Open-Water Swimming … in a Pool

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This is the perfect slipper -- comfy and easy to slip on. I've had Uggs and have tried Emu, but these are far better, hands-down. I was concerned about sizing but ended up going with my regular size, which was a good call. Even when they pack down some, they should still fit fine. Looking forward to enjoying these all winter. Oh, and it's not faux fur, it's the real thing.

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