Monthly Archives: October 2020

How Data from a Little Wrist Strap Can Change Your Life

The job description for the U.S. Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians includes tasks such as “detonate and demolish hazardous munitions, pyrotechnics, and outdated explosives” and “perform parachute or helicopter insertion operations.” It’s like The Hurt Locker, only sometimes they have to deactivate mines underwater, too. But what if there was a tool EOD technicians […]

‘Save Yourselves!’ Is a Surprisingly Fun Disaster Movie

Who could forget the story of the group that went on a 25-day Grand Canyon river trip in February and returned as some of the last people to hear about COVID-19’s arrival in America? Oh, do you also feel that everything that happened in early March is a distant memory from a past life? Or perhaps […]

Will This Virtual Outdoor Gear Trade Show Ever Happen?

Amath Diouf landed his very first job in the outdoor industry in June as the chair of a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) committee and a marketing coordinator for a new virtual outdoor event called Thin Air. It was a dream for Diouf, a Black writer and hiker based in North Carolina, who’d wanted to […]

What You Need to Know Before You Buy a Flashlight

Why buy a dedicated flashlight instead of just using the one built into your smartphone? As you’ve probably noticed, running your phone’s light quickly runs down the battery while providing a very limited amount of illumination. Worse, holding your phone securely while shining its light may feel awkward, particularly in the dark while you’re trying to work on something. And […]

What This Ski Season Will Look Like

This is a developing story. For the latest information on the status of resorts and protocol, visit individual resort websites. Ski season is going to happen this year. But it won’t look like it used to. Resorts around the U.S. are using input from state and local health guidelines to operate as safely as possible. In place of crowded […]

6 Easy Ways to Be a Better Skier

At Party Beach Ski Camps, head coaches Lyndsay Strange and Marcus Caston believe that skiing should be fun. Strange, an Olympic ski coach, and Caston, a professional skier, teach the fundamentals to everyone from junior FIS racers to recreational adults during weeklong sessions at Oregon’s Mount Hood. They operate on the assumption that you won’t work hard to improve […]