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One of the most common questions I get is what kind of shoes do you need to go hiking. Well that really depends on your personal needs, where you are going and how long you will be exploring. In this video, I do a quick summary of the 3 main shoe types. Hiking boots, hiking shoes or trail runners and water shoes or camp shoes. I personally save my hiking boots for long backpacking trips or really rocky terrain. I use my trail runners to most for day hikes and I use my water shoes for river crossings and to...

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Written by Haley Cottey On April 22nd, 1970, millions of Americans rallied on the first Earth Day from coast to coast to demonstrate their shared value for a healthy and sustainable environment. Organized protests took place all over the country to protest businesses, factories and power plants that were polluting and contributing to loss of wildlife and wilderness. Those with few other commonalities stood side by side to show that our earth is for us all no matter our political, spiritual, or economic alignment. In 1969, Santa Barbara, California suffered from a massive oil spill which led US Senator Gaylord Nelson...

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Written by: Haley Cottey Walking barefoot, or earthing; is no longer something “only hippies do”. Research is showing that earthing can have many benefits such as pain relief, improved fitness and balance, lowered stress and increased immune system. Fitness and Balance Our feet are responsible for a large portion our balance, support and mobility and there are over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments in our feet alone. How many of those muscles are immobilized by tennis shoes? When you run, do you think your feet are doing as much work as they were designed to do? Many studies have shown...

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By Debbie Simon We all know nature is open and available to anyone who wants to enjoy its healing aspects, but statistically speaking people of color are much less likely to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. In a 2021 Outdoor  Participation Trends Report found that only 9 percent of outdoor participants in 2020 were black, a level that change little in the past 7 years. According to the survey, most black people considered themselves only casual participants of outdoor activities. Only 7% of black people surveyed enjoyed car, backyard backpacking and RV Camping.  In this interview with Dennis...

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Stairway to Heaven: First Time Climbing The Manitou Springs Incline. By Debbie Simon Looking at it from a distance the Manitou Springs Incline seems like an impossible feat. The steps (there are 2,744 of them!) are located on the east  side of Pikes Peak in Manitou Springs, Colorado about an hour south of Denver. The steps are made from old railroad tracks held together by wooden ties. The entire length of the incline is .9 miles. That might not sound like alot, but with an elevation gain of 2,020 feet and average grade of 41% with the steepest grade of 68%,...

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