Snowshoeing Through 25 Years

Putting on my snowshoes for the first time each winter is like a rebirth. Having done so before many times, the experience still seems new and fresh. I had that feeling again today as I headed out on my Continue reading

Annika Rogers Conquers More Than Mashed Potatoes Snow at the WSSF 2018 Championships

The snow that was tossed madly by fierce gusts “mirrored a scene from the Himalayas,” said Annika Roger’s mother, Johanna. During the difficult conditions that were rustled up by the mountains to stifle competitors struggling to complete this challenge, a … Continue reading

Your Brain on Nature: A Book Review of “The Nature Fix”

“The Nature Fix” by Florence Williams, published by W.W. Norton & Company in 2017, provides the most compelling argument to date for people to spend more time outdoors in nature, based on an increasing amount of biological, psychological and medicinal … Continue reading

The Saga of Michigan’s Snowshoe Priest

For decades now, snowshoeing has received year-round publicity in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, thanks to the efforts of Bishop Frederic Baraga a Catholic priest who Native Americans affectionately dubbed the Snowshoe Priest back in the 19th Century.

Bishop Baraga didn’t simply … Continue reading

Beyond the Edge: Sir Edmund Hillary’s 12 Reveals for “Going the Extra Distance”

Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon Sunday, July 20, 1969, at 10:56 p.m., signifying one of mankind’s greatest breakthroughs and accomplishments.

The date May 29, 1953, stands for another of mankind’s greatest breakthroughs and accomplishments though not as celebrated. … Continue reading

Emergency Tips From Snowshoer Stranded for 30 Hours In Central Washington


Using his outdoor experience and list of 10 essential items, snowshoer Wally Fosmore of Shoreline, Wash. survived the elements and a night in the back country before finding his way to safety at a rendezvous point with local emergency services … Continue reading

10 Lessons Learned from 10,000 Hours of Physical Exertion in 10 Years

December 2, 2006, marks the day I joined The President’s Challenge, a free physical activities site administered by the  President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Although posting my daily progress there, I only happened upon the fact that my … Continue reading

Snowshoeing: The Ultimate Female Bonding Experience

I have to be honest here, when I first started to snowshoe I did it alone, all the time. It was a chance for me to get away from all the noise and chaos that often fills our house. It … Continue reading

Music In The Great Outdoors: Snowshoeing With An I-Pod

Music can be a very effective means of bringing fond memories back to life. Include the great outdoors in the mix and it’s a guaranteed certainty those memories will become crystal clear. How often have you heard a song while … Continue reading

Arrowhead 135 Endurance Award Ennobles Explorer Ernest Shackleton’s Expedition

Commemorating the “greatest feat of survival in the history of Polar Exploration,” (1) the Arrowhead 135 Ernest Shackleton Endurance Award honors a very special finisher: the competitor who endures the most time making way on the course.

One of the … Continue reading

RootsRated Launches Outdoor Adventure App

RootsRated, the online resource for “where to go outdoors,” has introduced its new RootsRated mobile app for iPhone. Flooded with helpful reviews and inspiring photography, the RootsRated app sources local grassroots knowledge to offer the most up-to-date, verified information on … Continue reading

New bill aims to get kids outside and healthy

A new bill from Senator Mark Udall and Rep. Ron Kind aims to get kids (and their parents) back outside to improve their health and their connections to the great outdoors.

The “Healthy Kids Outdoor Act” will encourage states and … Continue reading