What To Wear The First Time You Go Hiking

Despite what many Google results will tell you, if you want to try out hiking, you don’t need to buy much of anything. Honestly, if you’re on a well-maintained trail and go on a day with mild temperatures, you probably already have all the hiking clothes you’ll need. Let me break it down for you….

Gear Guide: North Face Women’s Etip Gloves

Winter is coming, and I may not watch Game of Thrones but I do know that chilly mornings are already in full-swing here in Colorado. The hunt for gloves is on. I bought the North Face Women’s Etip gloves about three years ago (on sale). They’ve been a great lightweight, all-purpose glove that I can…

October’s Adoptable Adventure Dog: Meet Daisy

I’ve seen plenty of lists of the best breeds for adventure dogs, but none of them ever include shelter dogs, which is a mystery to me. So, I started the adoptable adventure dog series. It’s been a hot minute since I posted, but this month’s pupper has inspired me to change that! Daisy is a 10-year-old husky mix…

How to pack for two weeks…in one carry-on.

The OB lives! I’m back from my honeymoon in Greece, freshly married and no longer jet-lagged. There were obviously a lot of great things about this trip, but one of my proudest moments was managing to fit everything I needed for two weeks in one carryon. This post from Erin Outdoors and this list specifically…

I got married. Here are OB’s greatest hits to tide you over.

I’m somebody’s wife now, which is pretty sweet, I’m not gonna lie. I had this grand plan of writing a ton of content in August to schedule throughout September, but in a twist that should surprise absolutely no one who has been married, that didn’t actually happen because planning a wedding + having a fulltime…

Is There Space for Beginner Runners in Leadville?

Like many other runners, I heard about Leadville from the classic running book Born to Run, with its tales of elite athletes and insane conditions and 100-mile races in the mountains. So when we showed up in town to pace a new friend at the Leadville Trail 100 in 2016, I was nervous (to say…

Gear Guide: The Best $15 Water Shoes You’ll Ever Buy

If you’re going tubing on a river, you’ll need a pair of shoes to float in that you either don’t care about in case they get lost, or water shoes that will actually stay on your feet. Since I only had one pair of flip flops and a killer sock tan, I went for the…

Why Beginner Hikers Should Consider Hiking/Trekking Poles

REI already has a great blog post about how to use and buy trekking poles, but the true beginners out there may be wondering: 1) what even are trekking poles? 2) why on earth you would want them when they look so dorky? Let’s start with the first one. Hiking poles, walking sticks, hiking staff,…

Progress is in the Eye of the Beholder

I was ridiculously nervous before going on my last trail run, to the point that I was making myself nauseous. I hadn’t run whatsoever in a few weeks, and the last time I’d hit a trail was over a month ago. I was worried about running “well,” or slowing Billy down, or having to hike…

Gear Guide: Camelbak Hydration Pack

You may be thinking to yourself, “but Laura, you can’t even run a 10k. Why would you need a hydration pack?” I already covered this last week. The short version is: because running is really hard and I like snacks. I see a lot of runners, including my fiance, rocking Ultimate Direction packs. I tried…