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The danger of car camping is the temptation to bring everything, plus the kitchen sink—or at least as much as can pack into your vehicle. 

The danger of car camping is the temptation to bring everything, plus the kitchen sink—or at least as much as can pack into your vehicle. 

Father’s Day is a great opportunity to say thank you for good parenting. Father’s Day is a great opportunity to say thank you for good parenting. We like to think of every day as Father’s Day, but it’s nice that on at least one day of the year, dad doesn’t have to take out the garbage, clean the garage, or empty the dishwasher. 

Father’s Day is a great opportunity to say thank you for good parenting. Father’s Day is a great opportunity to say thank you for good parenting. We like to think of every day as Father’s Day, but it’s nice that on at least one day of the year, dad doesn’t have to take out the garbage, clean the garage, or empty the dishwasher. 

Bob Izumi has the tips, tricks, and techniques you need to know when fishing with the versatile drop shot rod. Remember, practice makes perfect!

Bob Izumi has the tips, tricks, and techniques you need to know when fishing with the versatile drop shot rod. Remember, practice makes perfect!

If you’re tired of hiking to the top, we’ve got the perfect alternative. Get ready to flash some peaks!

If you’re tired of hiking to the top, we’ve got the perfect alternative. Get ready to flash some peaks!

Find out how the man behind this contagious grin has completed over 400 races and stays motivated to conquer feats attempted by few.

Find out how the man behind this contagious grin has completed over 400 races and stays motivated to conquer feats attempted by few.

Don’t get swallowed by the sands of time! We’ve got the facts you’re dying to know about quicksand! 

Don’t get swallowed by the sands of time! We’ve got the facts you’re dying to know about quicksand! 

Sometimes the best hiking companion slobbers and is easily distracted. Check out our list of must haves for the next trek with your four-legged friend. #woof

Sometimes the best hiking companion slobbers and is easily distracted. Check out our list of must haves for the next trek with your four-legged friend. #woof

Forget making reservations at a fancy hotel. This private desert camp in Wadi Rum gets our vote as one of the best places to stay in the Middle East.

Forget making reservations at a fancy hotel. This private desert camp in Wadi Rum gets our vote as one of the best places to stay in the Middle East.

Riding to work in loafers or high heels? We salute you! Here are a few tips to make your trek to work a little more comfortable!

Riding to work in loafers or high heels? We salute you! Here are a few tips to make your trek to work a little more comfortable!

Travel: Mountain Towns

For those of us fueled by that almost-unquenchable love of the great outdoors but who paradoxically spend most of our lives locked in the city or the suburbs, mountain towns become more than just vacation destinations.These places—with their rarified, high-elevation air; neck-craning alpine views; and easy access to trails for hiking, biking, climbing and fishing and damn near every other outdoor sport you’re itching to try—become our refuge, the places we escape to in our heads when the dogged days of mid-week reality starts to smother us. When weekend warrior outings aren’t feeding the urge to really get outside.

But mountain towns also give us sea-level residents one other very important thing: an excuse. An excuse to plan trips, to train, to try things, and to escape to the mountains. But also the excuse we all sometimes need when we’re trying new stuff (or trying stuff we’ve done many times) and we can’t exactly make it all work.

See, unless you’re some über-athlete superhero, us mortal adventurers have a glorious 48- to 72-hour window when our lungs and legs and arms haven’t acclimated to the higher elevation. When we find ourselves gasping for air at a point in a hike, ride, or run when we’re typically hitting our stride back on our local trail.

At first, frustration and confusion floods our senses as we gasp for breath.

“I’m not that out of shape. I mean, I skipped a few days leading up to this trip. But…come…on.…”

At that point we should all try to remember the unavoidable realities of traveling to  mountain towns. Remember the time difference between your home and this outdoor paradise. Remember the lost sleep to make that pre-dawn flight and the two connecting flights (because reaching most mountain towns always seem to require at least one connection). And, after you arrive, the lost sleep due to being at a higher elevation. (Some hotels, like The Peaks Resort (thepeaksresort.com) stock oxygen bottles in the rooms, mini-versions of those used on 8,000 meter peaks. They cost about $20 and help combat the effects of altitude). Remember that, at elevation, how you performed at home and how you’re performing in those hallowed mountains won’t be the same until you’ve acclimatized.

So when you hit that inevitable wall, try to shrug, look at your local guide, try to catch your breath, and blame the altitude. At least until that excuse no longer applies.

Oh, and one other slight advantage (or disadvantage, depending on your viewpoint): the high altitude also makes you a cheap date; alcohol impacts your system more quickly at elevation than at sea level. Maybe the intoxicating mountain air will be enough.