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Category Archives: Outdoor Skills

Stone Skipping Is a Lost Art. Kurt Steiner Wants the World to Find It.

On a clear-skied morning in March, Kurt “Mountain Man” Steiner stood at a lonely bend of Sinnemahoning Creek, deep inside Pennsylvania’s Elk State Forest. He was dressed in a black hoodie and Dollar General jeans that hid his athletic 56-year-old frame, and wore a brown beanie that pressed his long gray hair and Rasputinesque beard […]

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My Chances of Being a Mom Were Fading. Then Two Beautiful Lambs Came into My Life.

I don’t know how else to say this, so I’ll start with the hardest part: when you’re a woman who wants children, but you waited too long and now the odds are getting worse every year, it’s hard to find anything sweet about your birthday cake. Most of the time, watching your fertile years drip […]

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Francis Mallmann Is the King of Outdoor Cooking. But He Still Has Work to Do.

I am sitting with Francis Mallmann, the famed Argentine chef, on the deck of his house, perched on La Isla, a nearly 15-acre island within a remote lake in Patagonia. Before us are a strip steak and thinly sliced potatoes, both cooked in clarified butter and just removed from an iron parrilla, or grill, gently […]

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This App Taught Me How to Ski in Two Days

I am a high-level snowboarder but a relatively new skier. The sum total of my experience: two half-day lessons three years ago, and then another half-day two years ago. So when I was offered the chance to try Carv, a program that uses sensor-equipped insoles to give you digital ski coaching, I said sure. Nowhere […]

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How to Protect Your Dog From Rattlesnake Bites

You’re clomping along with your four-legged best friend down a sunny stretch of trail when, out of nowhere, you hear it—the shcka shcka shcka of a rattlesnake’s tail. The creature is sprawled across the length of the hiking path, and there’s no safe way around. It’s every pet owner’s worst nightmare. If a rattlesnake bites […]

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How Can I Overcome Nervousness to Pursue New Outdoor Passions?

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. I consider myself athletic, but I didn’t grow up being particularly adventurous. Now […]

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