Month: December 2014

A Brief History of Skinny Skis: The Evolution of Cross-Country Ski Gear

Like most outdoor fitness activities, there is a dizzying array of gear available for both the classic and skate styles of Nordic (cross-country) skiing. Waxable or no-wax skis. At least three unique binding and boot systems. Poles that range in price from $20 to $1,000. This volume of options isn’t remarkable in our day of …

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Steven Gnam en route for a weeklong trip into the mountains to photograph wildlife and landscapes in midwinter. Photo courtesy of Steven Gnam

Growing Up With Wild Connections — An Excerpt from “Crown of the Continent: The Wildest Rockies”

My roots in the Crown of the Continent go as deep as my first wobbly steps on Earth. My folks came to the heart of the Crown with hope for a better life for themselves and their children. A handful of photos of the bob Marshall Wilderness in a 1985 issue of National Geographic sparked …

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Kody smiles as he reaches for handholds on the wall at Wild Walls. Photo: Shallan Knowles

Let Your Kids Climb the Walls This Winter with Wild Walls’ Youth Climbing Programs

Kids love to climb: trees, rocks, walls, whatever. And they’re naturals at it too. As a parent, you have some options when dealing with your child’s monkey-like behavior this winter. You could discourage the climbing instinct by nudging them gently towards more traditional ground-based activities and team sports, but why not help them cultivate their …

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Winter chanterelle harvest. Photo: Drew Parker

Leaf, Root, Fungi, Fruit: Winter Chanterelle

With winter, dormancy comes. Yet a few life forms find this an optimum time to spring forth. One underappreciated denizen of our late-fall forest is the winter chanterelle also called yellowfoot (craterallus tubaeformis). In flavor and texture this is not the chanterelle you’re familiar with. The aroma has none of the apricot fruitiness and instead …

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