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The Keeper

By Mary Reed

Most outdoorswomen are grateful for tampons; they are pretty damn convenient. But who wants to pack them out from a backpacking trip?

Drawing by Chandu Tennety

Outdoor advice from our resident expert

By Kim J. Brown, Ph.D.

Hey Doc: I hear that poison ivy is everywhere! All I see is green stuff on the trail. What does it look like, and how do I know I have it? How do I get rid of it?- Itchy Scmitchy


The Ditty Bag: Not Just for Sailors Anymore

By Mary Reed

A backpacker’s skill is not judged by what they know to pack; rather, it’s what they know to not pack that sets them apart.

The swan extends the spine and strengthens back  muscles.

Down to the Core

Pilates workout can improve flexibility, core strength, body awareness

By Julia Marino

Colin Shelton fully realized the healing power of Pilates a few years after a skiing accident that tore one of the tendons in his knee, resulting in surgery and pain.

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Commute by Bike

By Elizabeth Boyle

I’m a desk jockey, but you’d never know it judging by the outfit I wear to work every day. It involves a funny hat and spandex pants.