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September 10, 2010

If You Love Winter in the Mountains (and Getting LOADS of Free Stuff), Enter This Contest

Living Large at The Canyons (Nathan Borchelt)

In what will certainly swallow a few hours of every outdoor enthusiast's day with just thinking about the possibilities, The Canyons Mountain Resort in Park City, Utah, introduces the How Do You Mountain contest. This ain't your grandma's traditional giveaway. This one is the monster of winter-centric contests. The winner will receive a four-month gig as the resort's mountain ambassador, a position that pays $40,000, puts you up in a suite at the Waldorf Astoria, and comes with a season pass to the mountain, head-to-toe ski or riding gear, avalanche training, first track and heli-ski access, spa treatments, and VIP credentials to all Canyon events—they even fly you in and out of Salt Lake.

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August 16, 2010

Climb Kilimanjaro—For Free!


Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa, is widely considered the easiest climb of the seven summits—which isn't to say that the climb is a cake walk. But now you have a chance of at least getting to the base of the famed mountain—for free—thanks to a new sweepstakes brought to you from Polarmax and Backpacker Magazine.

The winner (and one guest) will receive round-trip airfare, ground transportation, four nights at a Tanzania hotel (meals included), and a six-day guided round-trip trek to the summit with author Macon Dunnagan. You also get a cache of technical base layers from Polarmax, featuring their new TransDRY wicking cotton fabric, a revolutionary move on the gear front that aims to bring all the tech-savvy features buttery soft cotton apparel.  (Editor's Note: We've tried the stuff—and this kind of cotton doesn't kill; it wicks and dries like the best of the synthetic varieties out there.)

Enter now through October 11, 2010, by visiting Polarmax.

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August 05, 2010

Travel to Bhutan with a National Geographic Photographer

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Bhutan(Christopher Potter)
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WorldNomads (in partnership with the National Geographic Channel and JoJo's Adventures Bhutan) is offering the chance for one exceptional individual to go on assignment with renowned wildlife photographer Jason Edwards to the Kingdom of Bhutan.

Photograph the deeply spiritual and mystical Bhutan as it slowly opens to the modern world, maintaining a strong balance with its ancient traditions. Nestled in the Himalayas, bordering India and China, 65 percent of Bhutan is under forest cover, making its pristine ecology home to rare and endangered flora and fauna.

To help the winner take the best photos, the scholarship recipient will receive $1,800 worth of Pentax photographic equipment of their choice.

The best photos will be published on the National Geographic Channel's website, where they will be viewed by thousands of travelers worldwide.

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July 28, 2010

The Perfect Summer Shorts

Karl Hiking, cycling, or just stomping down a dirt road in Southeast Asia, the Karl from Fjall Raven should be your go-to option for shorts. Constructed from proprietary G-1000 fabric, an ultra-durable mix of cotton and poly that the company founder first discovered when he fashioned a climbing jacket out of tent fabric, the Karl offers a heady mix of all the right features: wind resistance, water repellency, superior breathability, and UV-protection in a slightly stiff, lightweight package.  In addition to the four traditional pockets (two up front, two in the back), the Karl has a snap-closure cargo pocket on the right; a narrow, open tool slot; and a hidden zippered cargo hold on the left leg. And if you anticipate truly extreme weather, the shorts also come with a small cube of Greenland Wax, a combo of paraffin and bees wax the stalwart Swedish company has used to strengthen their garments since 1966. The application is simple (rub on a thin layer, then melt the wax into the fabric with a hair dryer), and its durability has been proven for decades—so they’ll definitely get you through the dog days of summer.

The shorts are available in Fjall Raven's NYC store (262 Mott Street;  open Monday-Sunday, 11 to 8) or by calling 212-226-7846

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June 24, 2010

Summer Giveaway: Chaco Tan Photo Contest

By Lacy Morris

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Win a free river-rafting trip and a new pair of kicks just by showing off your summer gams and tans on those adventurous feet of yours. Running now through August, the Chaco Tan Photo Contest is collecting photos from loyal Chaco customers who wear their sandals in "exotic places and out-of-the-way spaces." The person whose photo receives the most "Likes" by 5 PM EST on July 2nd will receive a prize, and the photo will become a finalist in the river-rafting trip grand prize contest. Chacos are built rugged and have the heart of a true adventurer, so be creative with your photos—the more exotic locale the better. Click here for the full details and contest rules.

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May 17, 2010

Mountain Gear Presents: UClimb

By Lacy Morris

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Group_Climbers1 UClimb, an event created to introduce rock climbing to beginner and aspiring climbers, has announced its 2010 event dates and locations. If you've always wanted to get into an exhilarating sport, now's your chance to learn from the pros as you get hands-on experience to conquer the mountain. The event includes camping for the weekend, dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. Expect to learn climbing techniques, watch demonstrations on how to use climbing gear, and listen to voice commands, along with tying knots, belaying, and climbing etiquette. Registration fees are $159 for youth (ages 10 through 17) and $199 for an adult's standard weekend gear package. Packages are also offered that include all of the gear you will need for the weekend like shoes, harnesses, helmets, and a chalk bag. These gear packages are $289 for youth, $329 for adults. Each event is held in an equally picturesque location from the one before. "These locations are perfect places to learn and teach to those who are enthusiastic about trying something new,” said Phil Bridgers, UClimb event coordinator. “Our goal is to inspire people to come together, learn together, and ultimately have a great time in the outdoors." For more information and to register, go to UClimb's website.

For more rock climbing destinations, photos, and gear advice check out's Rock Climbing Travel Guide.

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April 30, 2010

Denver Launches Community Bike Share Program

By Lacy Morris

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The Mile High City is making it easier to get around with some 500 new Trek bikes available for sharing at 40 stations around the city. The Denver B-Cycle program is the first of its kind. The three-speed bikes cost $5 for a 24-hour membership, 30 minute or less rides are free, and rides up to an hour are only a dollar. Prices go up accordingly from there. 7-day passes go for $20, 30-day for $30, and annual memberships are an easy $65. Student and senior discount are available. In June, the bikes will be outfitted with computers to track miles, calories burned, and carbon offsets so that riders can watch their own fitness as well as see their contribution to Denver's efforts of going green. Check here for more information.

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Abercrombie and Kent Offer Big Savings on Epic Summer Trips

Infinity pool in Sanctuary Swala Camp, Tanzania—one of the 18 trips soon to be on sale (Sanctuary Retreats)

If you've been longing to plot your way to the wild beyond this summer, but are wrestling with your economic conscious, relief may at hand. On May 6, Abercrombie and Kent—one of the best luxe tour operators out there—is having a killer sale on 18 different independent itineraries, each with a private guide, in such locales as East Africa, Jordan, Chile, and Europe. 

The auction-style sale starts at 9 a.m. Central on May 6, with five percent off these trips. Every 30 minutes, savings increase by another five percent, accelerating to a whopping max discount of 60 percent (provided trips are still available, naturally).  Better still, friend them on Facebook, and you get access to a private pre-sale event, which offers 25 percent savings on the same trips from 8 to 9 Central. 

The sale ends at 3 o'clock, Central, on May 6.  A small window—so take advantage. Who knows? You might end up booking the trip of your lifetime for far less than you'd ever imagined. That's a salve for almost any budget.

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April 07, 2010

Sugar Bowl Offers Free Skiing for the Remainder of the Season

By Lacy Morris

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For those of you who missed out on this season's skiing and are looking to get in some last days on the mountain before spring hits, Sugar Bowl is offering free access to its mountain for the remainder of the season (April 5, when next season's passes go on sale, to April 25, closing day) with the purchase of a 2010/11 season pass. With it comes unrestricted access to group lessons and equipment rentals whenever general admission is in effect. Season ticket prices range from $100 to $800 depending on age and days you wish to ski. Check out details here.  

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April 02, 2010

Buy One, Get One Tree

By Lacy Morris

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Chaco's Leather Flip EcoTread

During the month of April, Chaco is teaming up with the Arbor Day Foundation and matching every pair of shoes sold with a tree planted in a national forest. Shoes featuring the EcoTread outsoles are made from 25 percent recycled rubber and have Chaco's own BioCentric footbed, which is designed to absorb shock and offer added comfort with each step. You can find Chacos at major retailers like Rock Creek, Blue Ridge Mountain Sports, and Whole Earth Provision Co., as well as

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