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In Colorado, Mountain Bikers Get Video Guides to Trails

In case you didn’t know it, the world-famous Whistler Bike Park in Whistler, B.C., Canada, has a south-of-the-border rival: Colorado’s Trestle Bike Park, otherwise known as Winter Park Resort’s summer playground outside Boulder, Colo. And the people at Vital MTB, which creates videos and other online content to connect the BMX, motocross and mountain biking scenes, have been super-busy this summer building an online video directory of all of Trestle’s trails.

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“Swimming Bull Moose” by Daryl Hunter, Wyoming

Swimming Bull Moose "Swimming Bull Moose" by Daryl Hunter, Wyoming. Daryl was leading a wildlife tour when this big boy went for a swim. To view more of Daryl's work, please visit his Flickr page or http://www.daryl-hunter.com/.

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Kayaking the Compromised Jordan River

I’ve never much liked Russian olives. Now, however, I have even more reasons to wish them gone from the wetlands, meadows and riverbanks they’ve invaded. In fact, I might even go so far as to make the following statement: I hate Russian olives. This time it’s personal.

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“Green River, Red Canoe” by Daryl Hunter, Wyoming

Green River, Red Canoe "Green River, Red Canoe" by Daryl Hunter, Wyoming. High in the Wind River Mountains fog rises off the Green River on a chilly summer morning, a lonely canoe wonders where its fishermen are. To view more of Daryl's work, please visit his Flickr page or http://www.daryl-hunter.com/.

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The People You Meet on the Trail

There are many reasons why I go hiking. Just as John Muir encouraged, I go to the mountains and seek their good tidings. I go to witness the short-lived wildflower blooms, the commanding power of a family of mountain goats straddling a pinnacle, the expansive view of mountain peaks, jewel-toned lakes and the roll of the plains, and the feeling of release that comes from hours of putting one foot in front of another on the trail.

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Who’s That Behind the Bush?

Last week, I accompanied my guy on a business trip to Lincoln, Mont. Although it’s probably most famous as the location of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski’s hideout (the cabin has since been moved), this rural community remains noteworthy for its beef jerky, which is produced locally and sold under the Hi-Country brand. It’s also an easy distance from prime berry country, so naturally we were prepared to grab a few wild huckleberries during the journey home.

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“yellowstone skiier” by Greg Aitkenhead, Yellowstone NP

yellowstone skier "yellowstone skier" by Greg Aitkenhead, Yellowstone NP. Skiing the boardwalks near the Old Faithful Snow Lodge in Yellowstone National Park during the holiday season, heading toward Biscuit Basin. To view more of Greg's photography, please visit his Flickr photostream.

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On Top of Mount Agassiz

The Uinta Mountains of northeastern Utah have so many peaks worth summiting, it's hard to know where to begin. Make it easy on yourself, go alphabetical. "A" is for Agassiz, as in Mount Agassiz. This often-overlooked behemoth can be done as a long day hike, or turned into a tremendous overnight trip.

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“Relaxing in Pagosa Springs” by Steve Arnold, Colorado

relaxing in Pagosa Springs "Relaxing in Pagosa Springs" by Steve Arnold, Colorado. To view more of Steve's photography, please visit his Flickr photostream.

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Outdoor Retailers Showcase Inventive New Gear

Each summer and winter, the Outdoor Retailer Trade Show in Salt Lake City serves as the outdoor industry’s ground zero of new gear and innovation. This year’s summer market broke all kinds of records, exploding in nearly every major category, including overall attendance, which topped 25,000. The show was so big it spilled out of its long-time home in the Salt Palace into a New Exhibitor Pavilion in a makeshift building across the street. In addition to attendees, this year’s show brought all kinds of new equipment, clothing and ideas.

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