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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: 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.
Outside: Pandemic protocols and powder fever could fuel bump In backcountry numbers

Outside: Pandemic protocols and powder fever could fuel bump In backcountry numbers

“Given what we saw last spring, we are expecting more people in the backcountry than we’ve seen in previous years,” said Brian Lazar, an avalanche forecaster with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. 
Outside: Ready. Set. Record!

Outside: Ready. Set. Record!

Turkey Trots go virtual
Outside: Got snow sports on your mind? Make sure your body's ready

Outside: Got snow sports on your mind? Make sure your body's ready

Preparing for winter sports goes beyond the basics of ski passes, vacation days and gear rentals. After months of lockdowns, social distancing, quarantines, park closures and poor air quality caused by wildfires, muscles might not be quite ready for skiing and snowboarding. 
Outside: National wildlife refuges offer escapes to nature not far from city life

Outside: National wildlife refuges offer escapes to nature not far from city life

Maintained by the U.S. Department of Fish & Wildlife but a separate entity from the national forest and parks system, the National Wildlife Refuge System includes a number of worthy stops in Colorado.
Outside: Photographer turns her lens to Colorado outdoors for new take on hiking blog

Outside: Photographer turns her lens to Colorado outdoors for new take on hiking blog

Longmont resident Katarina Takahashi features her photography on her website, Takahashi Outdoors, along with a growing guide to hikes and trails across the state.
Outside: Flying high over local parks

Outside: Flying high over local parks

The buzz of a propeller, the low hush of the wind, the squeaking of prairie dogs, is the soundtrack of a day at the model airfield.