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55th Anniversary of Warren Harding’s First Ascent of “The Nose”
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55th Anniversary of Warren Harding’s First Ascent of “The Nose”

  by Anna Fletcher Exactly 55 years ago, a team of rock climbers completed the first ascent of The Nose on El Capitan, once thought to “unclimbable”. Warren Harding, a mountaineer and big-time climber from California, led his team on a 45-day ascent (done in stages over the course of [...]

A Peek into the World of Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO)
Outdoor+Travel / Relax and be healthy

A Peek into the World of Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO)

by Fletcher Hamel Have you ever jumped into an activity with both feet only to find yourself nearly drowning? For me, it happened this summer at the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships.  Through a self-nominating application process earlier in the spring, I was one of seven athletes named to the [...]

Backpackers Say the Darndest Things
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Backpackers Say the Darndest Things

by Anna Fletcher As the lead federal agency in natural resource conservation, the U.S. Forest Service manages the 155 national forests and 20 national grasslands, providing us with the best spots to hike, camp, hammock and relax. They also deal with an eclectic bunch of backpackers, campers and visitors on a [...]

Team Torti Has Conquered the Mother Lode of Adventure Racing!
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Team Torti Has Conquered the Mother Lode of Adventure Racing!

Back in May, we were introduced to the sport of adventure racing. Fletcher Hamel, captain of AR team Torti/Aquabound, defined it as “a team multisport event in which teams travel together by foot, bike and boat over an unmarked course using only a map and compass to navigate between required [...]

Backpacking Checklists
Outdoor+Travel / Outdoors Tips

Backpacking Checklists

By Samarth Vasisht A checklist is a great way to ensure that you have everything that you need for your trip. I tend to be pretty organized, but it’s always nice to have something to check up on before you leave. Here are some checklists that you can use for [...]