There's no other recreational sport quite as exciting, yet humbling, as whitewater rafting. It's one of those activities that takes the non-adventurous person out of their comfort zone from the moment they step into the raft until the moment they pull the boat safely back to the shore.
I swear I trained, but only the week before because running a ukulele festival and playing banjo and touring and performing folk music is not particularly good training for the A.T. A week before departure, I started training on a North Carolina mountain loop.
Recently, two editors at The Denver Post decided to ditch the paper's long-running and wildly popular "Outdoors" column... and by extension, to disappear an award-winning Post writer of some 20 years, Scott Willoughby.
These decisions are crucial to those who live in nearby communities, hunt and fish and camp on public lands, cherish and record the vast archeological resources hidden there, or make their living ranching or outfitting on public lands.
From easy DIYs to incredible backyard upgrades, keep the fun rolling well past dark with your own fire pit. You won't believe all the different types of fire pits there are to choose from, and just how easy it is to build one yourself!
Public lands, most of it federally managed lands in national parks, national forests and Bureau of Land Management landscapes generate millions of dollars a year. Some of that revenue comes from outdoor recreation gear sales, including all that outdoor fashion wear.
With the vast majority of gas-rich public lands in Colorado leased and already slated for development, it's more urgent than ever that these assessments are made and community voices are heard before more of our forgotten wilderness areas disappear.
Outdoor recreation employs 6.1 million Americans, and the sector is growing about 5 percent annually. Conservation and access for recreation, including climbing, biking, hiking, and fishing make this economic impact possible.
Small business owner Randy Hendrickson, president and founder of Horizon RV Resorts, which offers a soup to nuts approach -- from feasibility studies to third-party management services -- to outdoor hospitality property owners and developers
In the morning, we slide our kayaks into the Colorado River and paddle towards the rapids of Gore Canyon. The surface of river, slowly meandering its way through flat ranch lands near the town of Kremmling, is alive in the early light.
The more familiar you are, the more you think you know it and the less you pay attention to it. A group of skiers in Washington State over the weekend probably should have paid more attention. Three of them are dead.
As the Obama administration travels across the United States learning about local conservation successes, they will hear from local communities about the importance of growing our shared public lands and protecting our wild places.