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3 Life Lessons from America’s Toughest Mudder

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Our America's Toughest Mudder Team

I recently ran America’s Toughest Mudder Midwest, and I’ve been talking about it, A LOT. I describe the obstacles, the mileage, and the soreness that followed, but in truth that’s just setting the stage. I’m really talking about the race as context for a greater purpose. I’m not just talking about getting muddy or hypothermic, I’m talking about doing the… Read more »

Four Ways to Use Instagram for Adventure (and Two Warnings)

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I’m bad at social media. I very much love to use it, to share and consume content, but I’m not consistent. I’m sure that part of that is a byproduct of the really weird hectic schedule that I keep. I also have a weird attention span that alternates between obsessive tunnel vision and scattered focus. Still, overall I think social… Read more »

Poison Ivy: Seven Things You Need To Know Before You Hit the Trail

Poison Ivy alongside the trail.

When I was kid, early on in my scouting career, I made the rookie mistake of wiping my butt with an unidentified leaf. As you can probably guess, given the nature of this post, that was a very bad call. I had an itchy rash in areas I would have preferred to remain itchy rash free, but I learned a… Read more »

Four Reasons to Get (or Renew) Your Passport… Not Including Travel Plans

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International travel is awesome, and it’s the reason most of us get a passport. But even if you don’t have immediate plans to explore foreign lands, a passport is worth having. Here are four reasons to get a passport, even if you don’t have any plans for international travel.

Three Mistakes I Made

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Taking a photo while hiking at Black Hawk State Historic Site

Want to take an adventure, but don’t think you have the time, money, or opportunity to do so right now?
I used to believe that, but I’ve come around to a different way of thinking.
Read on and avoid the mistaken beliefs that held me back.

Five Great Reasons to Go for a Hike

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This past weekend we went out in the unseasonably warm weather and enjoyed a great hike at a nearby historic site. Have you been out hiking lately? Here are five reasons that you should!

7 Tricks for Beating Cabin Fever

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Feeling boxed in? Going a little stir crazy? Tired of being stuck inside? Sounds like you’ve got cabin fever! Don’t worry, these seven tricks will help you deal with being trapped inside during the winter weather.