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Trip Review: Devils Tower National Monument

May 19, 2017 / By Chris Oudean & Katie Hnatik In the northeast section of Wyoming stands a towering mystery. Devils Tower National Monument has been captivating the imaginations of humans for thousands of years. The Native American Cheyenne tribe called it Bear Lodge, which was derived from the old folklore story. This story changed slightly between the many tribes in the area, but always included a giant bear that scratched huge marks along the sides of the mountain with its claws in pursuit of some escaping tribespeople. In one version, they climb up onto a hill and pray to …

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A Wonderful, Awful Hike.

May 12, 2017 / By Katie Hnatik The weather had turned cold and rain was starting to fall. We had brought provisions for making sandwiches and had planned on taking a bit of a rest to enjoy our hard earned view and load up on calories before making the difficult journey back to the car, but with the cold and the rain, we decided to just keep hiking, with hunger, wobbly legs, and all. Now, I was sure I was not going to make it back to the car. I had a jacket, a rain coat, rain pants, hat and gloves. You learn …

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Top Ten Tips for Beginner Mountain Hiking

May 5, 2017 / By Chris Oudean There’s nothing more satisfying than reaching the summit of a mountain and taking in the hard earned vistas of breathtaking landscapes far below. The challenges of reaching the summit can be enough to discourage a newcomer to this activity, but with the right preparation and determination, almost anyone can hike a mountain. Here are a few key tips to accomplishing your goals and joining the community of mountain hikers! -Please note that these tips are only for mountains with up to a 5000 foot elevation gain and peak altitude. Anything beyond this altitude will need …

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What Are You Waiting For?  Do Something!

April 28, 2017 / By Katie Hnatik Life gets in the way of living. We go to work, go grocery shopping, cook food. We do all the daily things and the days go by quickly, well, except for those hours in a cubicle, or office, or just spent beholden to employers. But once in a while, things get quiet and we see it all in slow motion. We look around, see a trajectory that maybe we’re not happy with entirely. But so many of us tell ourselves that this is how it is. This is our life. We’re happy enough. Well, we’re not unhappy. We’re happy spending time with our loved ones. Isn’t …