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Monthly Archives: April 2022

The Ultimate Road-Trip Guide to Colorado’s Million Dollar Highway

There are a few theories as to how Colorado’s so-called Million Dollar Highway—the 25-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 550 that connects the high-elevation towns of Silverton and Ouray—got its name. According to an old mining legend, the gravel required to build the narrow mountain roadway contained $1 million worth of gold and silver ore. Or […]

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Wait. Did My Friend Just Trick Me into Stealing a Tent?

Welcome to Tough Love. We’re answering your questions about dating, breakups, and everything in between. Our advice giver is Blair Braverman, dogsled racer and author of Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube. Have a question of your own? Write to us at toughlove@outsideinc.com. My friend since elementary school is shopping for a trip, so I went […]

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What Outdoor Retailer’s Move Back to Utah Means for the Industry

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Outdoor Retailer was our industry’s indispensable event. Twice annually, more than 20,000 people crowded into the trade show, wandering a vast grid of booths that displayed companies’ top-secret coming attractions—racks of impossibly light down parkas, cases of glittering climbing hardware, and gadgets like stoves that charge a smartphone with a twig […]

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How Super Shoes are Upending Running’s Sponsorship Model

Last week’s Boston Marathon sparked yet another debate about shoe tech in professional running. This time, the question wasn’t whether super shoes were undermining cherished notions of competitive fairness, but whether pro runners are being forced to choose between getting the best possible sponsorship deal and maximizing their chances of success by retaining the freedom […]

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Thru-Hiking Messed Up My Feet. Here’s How Toe Socks Came to the Rescue.

For the better part of two years, after I finished hiking the Appalachian Trail and tried (and repeatedly failed) to return to running, the lower half of my right leg became a medical battlefield. I went to physical therapists and massage therapists, general practitioners and osteopaths, surgeons and shrinks, asking them all why I was […]

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Tommy Rivs’ Cancer-Free Return to the Boston Marathon Was Beautiful

Alternating bouts of jogging and walking, Thomas Puzey—widely known as “Tommy Rivs” or simply “Rivs”—made his way along Boylston Street toward the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 18. Flashing a wide smile and waving to the crowd, the Arizona-based runner celebrated his return to the site of his fastest marathon. Five years […]

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