A letter from a kayaker in Pittsburgh

A letter from a kayaker,   A few years ago, I discovered Venture Outdoors and signed up for my first kayaking trip.  Since then I've been hooked. These trips mean a lot to me because they provide a great way to escape from the many stressors of work and everyday life.  I'm an ICU nurse...
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Banff is Back

Jenna Gnieski, Communications Intern The Banff Mountain Film Festival is back on Thursday, October 15, but this year with a twist. Audiences will experience awe-inspiring action films in the comfort of their own car, drive-in movie style at the Carrie Blast Furnaces. Bring some snacks and blankets and get cozied up to watch some of…

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Hiking 101: Exploring with Your Puppy 

Staff Writer, Ebony Montgomery I would like to introduce you to my puppy, Rye.  I adopted her back in April.  She is a fantastic companion and has endless energy.  If you have ever had a puppy, you certainly understand that they need plenty of exercise.  This works out well for me because I love to take her everywhere…

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Introducing the Youth Nature Running Series

Introducing the Youth Nature Running Series Staff Writer, Kelly Sarkis Running has long been a love of mine—I started running when I was in 10th grade as a 1600m runner. I ran at snail speed compared to my teammates, but it didn’t matter. I was there to spend time with my friends, get some exercise,…

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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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