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Spring Is Here! 5 Fresh Tips For Summer Outside

Goodbye clouds, hello sunshine! As spring gets into full swing, nature starts putting on a grand show, and the outdoors are getting ever more tempting. Here are five fresh tips to take advantage of the early warming weather. 1. Get Nutritious at the Local Farmer's Market Your local farmers market will be teeming with ripe seasonal produce, making it the perfect time to learn how to cook on an outdoor grill, meat and cheese have never tasted better! 2. Embrace an Outdoor Exercise Habit It’s time to shake off the lethargy of winter and start an easy exercise routine to get your muscles moving again. Summer outdoors means feeling the sand between your toes as you run on the beach....

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The Glampeur’s Guide to Bringing Earth Day Into Your Every Camping Day

By Lizzy Scully, Photos by Steve Fassbinder The Dolores River flows 241 miles through Southwest Colorado. We launch our boats at Gypsum Valley, where thousands of tall, yellow reeds snap, snap, snap against each other in the cold, gray and rushing water. We paddle for hours. It is the first of a three-day adventure, where we will travel 35 miles through winding canyons of sandstone cliffs that rise from 200 to 1200 feet above the river. By evening we reach our first camp, nestled in a bend in the Dolores. Across from us is a smooth concave wall that echoes the sound of the river, the bark of our dogs and the murmuring of a dozen friends drinking beers around...

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How to Manage Chronic Pain

Relax, Meditate, Exercise & Use the Right Herbs Story by Lizzy Scully, Photo by Steve Fassbinder My joints hurt most days. I suffer from Ankylosing Spondylitis – an autoimmune disease that causes my body to attack itself. At the worst times it feels like someone is jamming scalding hot knives into my joints; the rest of the time I simply ache. Despite the pain and, in fact, because of it, I move constantly. Sitting still hurts more. So I climb rocks, practice yoga, bike around town, walk, whatever I need to do to keep my body loose. I also eat well – minimal sugar, no starchy foods, lots of veggies and healthy meats. I manage my pain and am able...

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#GetOutAndGO: Win Green Goo as we Celebrate America's Outdoors!

This spring, we're doing something big. We've partnered with The Dyrt for a 40-day virtual road trip celebrating America's outdoors. 40 days, 40 stops across the US, and 40 prizes to celebrate each. It's called #GetOutAndGO project, and it's highlighting a simple truth: we have incredible outdoor spaces in every corner of this country. From the wildlife preserves of Virginia Beach to Mt. Tamalpais in California and everywhere in between, our outdoors are worth celebrating. Too often we look to the monoliths of the National Park system like Yosemite and Yellowstone, and in doing so we overlook some of the great parks and places in our backyards. Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the like are no doubt deserving, but so too are...

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Spring is Here -- Get Set Up for Summer’s Skincare Routines

Gearing up for warmer months means more than just getting kitted for your favorite sport. It also means making sure you have all the body care product that will make your summer sunburn and bug bite free! Spring, a Time For Testers Spring is a great time for tester products. You don’t need to commit to a full new bottle or product line, and you don’t yet need to rely on bug spray or sunscreen every single day like you do in the middle of the summer. This means you can get away with having a number of different 1oz sunscreens, or you can use just on sample bottle for a week or two. Testing products yourself is a great...

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The Glampeur’s Guide to Love in the Outdoors

Outdoor Dating, Part 2: Expectations Text by Lizzy Scully, Photos by Steve Fassbinder When I met Mr. Muscles, I knew we’d have loads of fun. Our first dates were full to the brim of adventure—camping, fishing, in-line skating, long boarding, bouldering and climbing, swimming and pretty much anything and everything you can imagine. Mr. Muscles loved to get after it, he was strong, good looking and fun. But the first day we went multi-pitch “traditional” climbing in the mountains, I discovered at least one things we wouldn’t do together. A dynamic athlete, Mr. Muscles climbed significantly harder and more gracefully than I ever would. But, he didn’t love heights or thin granite cracks that required precise and delicate footwork rather than...

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The Glampeur’s Guide to Love in the Outdoors

Outdoor Dating, Part 1: What Works, What Doesn't Text by Lizzy Scully, Photos by Steve Fassbinder (aka "Doom") I went on one of my first climbing dates with, I’ll call him Mr. Sparkle Butt, to Rocky Mountain National Park. Our goal was to ascend The Diamond of Longs Peak, a difficult, vertical 1000-foot granite rock wall on the east face of that 14,259-foot mountain. In order to get there, we hiked four-plus miles, gained a few thousand feet in elevation, wandered up and over a half-mile-long boulder field, ascended a few-hundred-foot glacier, and then scrambled up another 600-foot chimney. It’s no easy adventure climbing the “Big D,” and it’s not something for the inexperienced climber. This would be Mr. Sparkle’s first...

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Green Goo Natural Products Go on an Adventure!

Green Goo is passionate about your adventures! Green Goo is committed to providing access to affordable and healthy products to all people. Adventures can be hard on the body, which is why it’s so important to not only heal, but to heal quickly. The faster you heal, the faster you can get back out there! The aptly named, Tommy Danger, Green Goo fan and Founder/CEO of More Than Just Me Foundation is an adventurer with many stories to tell. Tommy and his crew found themselves in a desperate situation during the their venture to the Carstensz Pyramid in Papua, Indonesia. Here is Tommy’s compelling account of their expedition: We flew to Papua, Indonesia to climb the highest peak in the Oceania...

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Step Up Your CrossFit Performance with These Natural Products

CrossFit is hard on the body. The rewards are great, but to push yourself and stay in the game, one thing is for sure: self care is important. There are a couple different things to think about when talking about self care for crossfitters. Namely, the hands and feet, the skin, and we can’t forget the smells. Caring for Your Hands and Feet Hands and feet are central to crossfit. From barbell work to box jumps, they are key tools in almost every movement. So, it’s important to keep them healthy. Many people think moisturizing and using hand balms will make their hands more soft, and thus more likely to tear. This is not the case. Proper hand care, which...

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The Glampeur’s Guide: Don't Put Chemical-Ridden Soaps & Sunscreens in Wild Rivers & Streams! Part II

Leave No Trace! Even Biodegradable & Biocompatible Soaps Need to be Used 200 Feet From Rivers & Streams Text by Lizzy Scully, Photos by Steve Fassbinder In this two-part series, we’ll examine why putting chemically-ridden soaps, sunscreens and lotions on your skin or into the ground is a bad idea. In this second part, I focus on why some ingredients in soaps are bad when they ends up in rivers and streams. Because it’s a Leave No Trace principle that all adventurers have ingrained in them from day one, I know to bathe with soap or wash my dishes at least 200 feet from rivers, streams and lakes, and to dig a hole for the “greywater” that remains after washing. If...

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