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Outside articles share stories about the great outdoors: the hidden gems, favorite local adventures, special daytrips and the people behind these experiences that make life in and around Longmont so special.

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Outside: Longmont outdoor spaces offer lots of variety and varying rules to go with them

Outside: Longmont outdoor spaces offer lots of variety and varying rules to go with them

Neighborhood and community parks and nature areas all require different guidelines to balance recreation and protection
Colorado appeals court agrees that ski pass waivers protect resorts from liability in chairlift injuries

Colorado appeals court agrees that ski pass waivers protect resorts from liability in chairlift injuries

The Colorado Court of Appeals ruling on lift ticket and season pass waivers -- which release ski areas from “any and all liability” -- could erase resort safety responsibilities outlined in laws like the Ski Safety Act and the Colorado Passenger Tramway Act
Backcountry gear is scarce in Colorado as skiers hedge against another disrupted downhill season

Backcountry gear is scarce in Colorado as skiers hedge against another disrupted downhill season

Record-level purchases of alpine touring skis, splitboards and avalanche safety equipment leave gear makers wondering why they slashed their budgets last spring when the pandemic shutdown happened.
Outside: Get out there and shoot — photography is perfect reason for your next outdoor excursion

Outside: Get out there and shoot — photography is perfect reason for your next outdoor excursion

With the advances in smartphones and their cameras, it’s easier than ever to grab quality images.
Outside: Planning a trek? A little prep can go a long way

Outside: Planning a trek? A little prep can go a long way

While day trips can be fun, spur-of-the-moment adventures, bigger treks benefit from logistical forethought. Making sure vacation time is on the books, learning the routes and physical preparation are key to successful adventuring. 
'Stories of Our Longmont Parks' reveals some hidden gems

'Stories of Our Longmont Parks' reveals some hidden gems

The book is a historical look at Longmont's parks over the last 150 years.
Outside: Colorado backcountry hut trips are still happening, but with pandemic precautions

Outside: Colorado backcountry hut trips are still happening, but with pandemic precautions

The 10th Mountain Division Hut Association closed its huts last March and cancelled remaining reservations for the winter during the original spate of coronavirus lockdowns. They reopened to the public this summer, and have been taking reservations for the current winter season, albeit with new restrictions in accordance with local health protocols.
New study details backcountry risks ahead of pandemic ski season

New study details backcountry risks ahead of pandemic ski season

The makeup of those users is now coming to light, thanks to a new study released by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC). “We wanted to be ready for this potential increase in new backcountry users, but we also wanted to know if that’s the group we should be focused on,” said Greene. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center posts daily, regional avalanche and backcountry weather forecasts on its website through May 31.
Spending time alone in nature is good for your mental and emotional health

Spending time alone in nature is good for your mental and emotional health

"While some equate solitude with loneliness, there is a big difference between being lonely and being alone. The latter is essential for mental health and effective leadership."
Outside: Win winter by properly gearing up for your adventures

Outside: Win winter by properly gearing up for your adventures

The best way to stay safe and comfortable for a day out in the cold is to gear up properly.