Training for an Ultra in a COVID World 

Staff Writer, Kelly Sarkis   As you’re reading this, I should have already raced my first ultramarathon—the Glacier Ridge 50-Miler.   Even worse? In less than a month, I was supposed to run the Laurel Highlands Ultra, starting in Ohiopyle and head north on the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail to Seward, PA.    To say I’m bummed is an understatement. I’ve put in over 1000 miles of training, ran…

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Book Recommendations by Venture Outdoors Staff

Book Recommendations by Venture Outdoors Staff Staff Writer, Jojo Buss Being stuck indoors gives me time to take stock of my book collection. While I cannot explore the desert or kayaking down a river, these books give me the sense of wonder and adventure that one needs to stay sane in this different time. Reading…

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Running With My Dog… Attached to Me

Running With My Dog… Attached to Me Staff Writer, Lo Zemanek Like many runners in the Pittsburgh area, I have been training to run for the city's (now virtual) half marathon this May. Unlike many runners, however, most of my training runs have involved the use of a 30-foot rope tied around my waist –...
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What I Appreciate About Nature 

What I Appreciate About Nature Venture Outdoors Staff Writer, Ebony Montgomery  Life moves fast. It only seems to gain momentum with each requirement, responsibility, and relationship that is added to the mix. How do you get things to slow down?  How do you find moments of peace within the chaos of the day-to-day?  I retreat…

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Meet the Leaders at Pittsburgh King | Part 2

Middle school students at Pittsburgh King on the Northside are becoming the next generation of outdoor leaders. Last September, these students kicked off the year with team-building activities and practicing paddle talks. Since then, they have practiced their paddling skills on the river and in a pool, tracked down clues in geocaching, and participated in…

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