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The Fattest Bear Of Them All

The fattest bear of 2020 has been decided! Beating out the hefty competition is Bear 747. After gaining media attention for his waddling appearance, bear 747, named for a randomly assigned number that became pretty telling, was a fan favorite from the start.  2020 Champ, Bear 747 at Katmai National ParkNational Park Service Photos / N. Boak Often the biggest bear at Katmai National Park and Preserve's Brooks River in
Off The Beaten Path Travel

Trail Etiquette for Hikers

There’s nothing more awkward than a trail encounter with two parties heading opposite directions, neither of which is sure who has the right of way. That confusing, “I’ll go right,” “No, you go right,” shuffle is always embarrassing. Luckily, you can avoid these situations on the trail if you read up on proper trail etiquette, which will let you know who has the right of way and when.  On the
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The Bike Industry Soars Post COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been detrimental to the majority of outdoor gear manufacturers. However, the bike industry has been set up to thrive, as more and more people are looking for activities outside of their homes. Bikes sales have been so successful, in fact, that retailers struggled to keep inventory in stock to meet the consumer demand.  Both e-Commerce and brick-and-mortar sales have skyrocketed since March. On the e-commerce side,

How to Consolidate Your Marketing Efforts & Streamline Your Revenue in 2020

When it comes to marketing strategies, many businesses are too spread out. Whether it’s contracting a graphic designer who lives out-of-state, outsourcing marketing strategy to an outside agency, or relying on a single in-house social media specialist to push out the materials, it’s difficult to have your marketing team on the same page and cultivate an organized approach when everyone is all over the place.  However, bringing the task of

How to Hire Emotionally Intelligent Leaders

Emotional intelligence has emerged as a key strategy for success within the workplace, replacing the idea that an employee’s success is completely tied to their skill set. It’s not enough to simply have a wide array of “hard skills,” like being a hard worker, smart, bold, and willing to take risks. Those who are great communicators, collaborators, and who value teamwork over going at it alone have proven to be

Great Off-The-Beaten-Path Mountain Biking Destinations

Mountain biking is unique in that it offers both physical and mental benefits. Of course, extended mountain biking is a great way to get in shape, but the mindful focus required can also help clear the mind and leave you refreshed. And a big factor in completing a physically and mentally beneficial ride is the lack of crowds. Uncrowded trails, unfortunately, are becoming harder to find these days as more

6 Steps To Strategically Grow Your Business in 2020

When it comes to running a successful business, it’s easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day details and operations of simply surviving, especially in 2020. Without a strategic growth plan driven with quality data, it’s nearly impossible to grow your business. Leadership teams find themselves being reactive, in a continuous cycle of putting out fires rather than preparing for change and following a well orchestrated plan.  Simply going through

7 Ways to Foster Healthy Competition in the Workplace

Competition in the workplace is imperative for growth and success. That competition must remain healthy, however, in order to foster growth and creativity. When too much competition sparks a dip in morale, increased stress, and backstabbing amongst employees, it becomes a detriment to the company. “Whether professional musicians or school children, studies have shown competition fuels creativity and even improves the quality of the work produced. More than that, the
Off The Beaten Path Travel

5 Tips for New Hikers

During the four months that the coronavirus pandemic has sequestered much of the population within their houses, more and more people have turned to the outdoors to alleviate the isolation of being stuck inside. Local trails have seen a huge spike in visitation; Colorado Parks and Wildlife, for example, saw a 30 percent increase in visitation at its parks in April 2020 versus the previous year. In addition to the
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Outdoor Participation Springs Back in Wake of COVID-19

Outdoor participation has declined in recent years, with screen-time taking priority over outside time for Americans. The Outdoor Foundation’s 2019 Outdoor Participation Report indicated that just over half of Americans recreated outside at least once in 2018, however, that left nearly half of the population choosing to stay inside, exclusively. With the advent of new digital technologies and the rise of distractions like smartphones, streaming services, and social media, Americans