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Italian for “Iron Road”, Via Ferrata are established paths that traverse and ascend rock faces. Because of this system of ladders and cables, most anyone can climb these with just a few minutes of training. All it takes is a special harness with bungee-cord leashes that clip in to anchor yourself to the rock. With over 100 Via Ferrata in Europe, Canada and the U.S., these are great ways to experience the thrills of vertical climbing without the risk, training and expense typically involved in rock climbing. 

Italian for “Iron Road”, Via Ferrata are established paths that traverse and ascend rock faces. Because of this system of ladders and cables, most anyone can climb these with just a few minutes of training. All it takes is a special harness with bungee-cord leashes that clip in to anchor yourself to the rock. With over 100 Via Ferrata in Europe, Canada and the U.S., these are great ways to experience the thrills of vertical climbing without the risk, training and expense typically involved in rock climbing. 

An often overlooked element to saltwater fly fishing is clothing that will protect you from the sun. Conway Bowman shows us a few clothing options that will save your skin in the long run.

Ah, Belize — one of the most easiest places to travel in Central America. It’s got everything you come expect of the region: Mayan ruins, an immense barrier reef, dense jungles rife with wildlife, and bustling metropolises — and the official language is English. But…there also lurks a few deadly threats that you should familiarize yourself with before you put boots on the ground.

Ah, Belize — one of the most easiest places to travel in Central America. It’s got everything you come expect of the region: Mayan ruins, an immense barrier reef, dense jungles rife with wildlife, and bustling metropolises — and the official language is English. But…there also lurks a few deadly threats that you should familiarize yourself with before you put boots on the ground.

Myth: The Higher the SPF rating in a sunscreen, the better.
Truth: Your confusion is understandable. In the last decade, it wasn’t uncommon to see sunscreens that boasted SPF ratings as high as 70+, often with little actual instruction in terms of how often one should apply coverage. Thankfully, the Food and Drug Administration recently stepped in and has clarified things considerably.

Myth: The Higher the SPF rating in a sunscreen, the better.

Truth: Your confusion is understandable. In the last decade, it wasn’t uncommon to see sunscreens that boasted SPF ratings as high as 70+, often with little actual instruction in terms of how often one should apply coverage. Thankfully, the Food and Drug Administration recently stepped in and has clarified things considerably.

Sonoma County, California, with its varied terrain, beautiful scenery, numerous vineyards, and mild weather, makes an ideal place for any oenophile to bike. With less traffic than its more famous neighbor, Napa Valley, Sonoma makes the ideal spot to pedal from tasting room to tasting room, where you can enjoy the wind in your hair and smell the terroir, all from your self-propelled mode of transport. No better way to burn off those wine country indulgences, right?

Sonoma County, California, with its varied terrain, beautiful scenery, numerous vineyards, and mild weather, makes an ideal place for any oenophile to bike. With less traffic than its more famous neighbor, Napa Valley, Sonoma makes the ideal spot to pedal from tasting room to tasting room, where you can enjoy the wind in your hair and smell the terroir, all from your self-propelled mode of transport. No better way to burn off those wine country indulgences, right?

Ditch the frustration and broken poles. Kayak fisherman, Chad Hoover is here with sanity saving rod management tips.

As the dog days of summer start to wane, the great pilgrimage begins as climbers venture out of the gyms and man-made climbing walls and head back outside toward natural rock. It’s a worthy crowd to join–the approach routes to even the biggest peaks are typically navigable by anyone with a pair of hiking shoes and a bit of perseverance. As you look to step in line, here’s a few climbing tips, corralled from our team of experts, that’ll help you, whether it’s your first or you 15th year on the cliff.

As the dog days of summer start to wane, the great pilgrimage begins as climbers venture out of the gyms and man-made climbing walls and head back outside toward natural rock. It’s a worthy crowd to join–the approach routes to even the biggest peaks are typically navigable by anyone with a pair of hiking shoes and a bit of perseverance. As you look to step in line, here’s a few climbing tips, corralled from our team of experts, that’ll help you, whether it’s your first or you 15th year on the cliff.

Whether you are hiking 14ers or skiing high-altitude resorts such as Telluride and Snowbird, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can afflict anyone heading higher than 6,000 feet. AMS often starts with a splitting headache, quickly followed by loss of appetite, sometimes vomiting, weakness, dizziness, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping–basically the same as having a really bad hangover. Symptoms can occur as early as two hours after arrival to altitude, or be delayed for up to 24 hours.

Whether you are hiking 14ers or skiing high-altitude resorts such as Telluride and Snowbird, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can afflict anyone heading higher than 6,000 feet. AMS often starts with a splitting headache, quickly followed by loss of appetite, sometimes vomiting, weakness, dizziness, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping–basically the same as having a really bad hangover. Symptoms can occur as early as two hours after arrival to altitude, or be delayed for up to 24 hours.

Fueled by the arts, food, beer, and music scenes, Portland has already received plenty of media attention. The challenge, however, is to rise above the buzz — or the self-parody Portlandia. Thankfully, Portland manages to exceed the traveler’s expectations. 

Fueled by the arts, food, beer, and music scenes, Portland has already received plenty of media attention. The challenge, however, is to rise above the buzz — or the self-parody Portlandia. Thankfully, Portland manages to exceed the traveler’s expectations. 

No need to seek out calm when fishing. Why? The fish are more aggressive and easier to catch in choppy waters.