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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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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