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  1. #hikerchat: A Weekly Twitter Chat for Outdoor Lovers

    A rapid fire catalyst to good friends and great outdoor adventures.

  2. The Ultra Running Company

    In December 2013, Nathan and his wife Courtney opened The Ultra Running Company in Charlotte and it seems some things haven’t changed.

  3. Beer Run Charlotte

    Beer is the best post-run recovery beverage, and every Wednesday, Charlotte runners get together for a few miles and a few brews.

  4. Mount Mitchell Challenge: North Carolina's Most Grueling Ultra Marathon

    Summiting the highest peak east of the Rockies, the Mount Mitchell Challenge is one of the country's most grueling ultra trail races.

  5. Chasing Snow

    The Outdoor Research Tiny House Tour is on the road again. For the third consecutive winter Outdoor Research ambassadors Molly Baker...

  6. From Beer City to Gear City: Asheville, NC

    Asheville, known as Beer City may be becoming Gear City, as the number of outdoor gear builders continues to grow.

  7. Ladies Night at The Climbing Center

    The first Monday of every month the Climbing Center on Sutherland Avenue hosts Ladies Night.

  8. Scott & Christy Thrift

    Rock climbing guides Scott and Christy Thrift climb and run a business together, and it all started with a proposal on the side of a cliff.

  9. An Insider's Guide to Austin in Winter | RootsRated Stories

    Austin's outdoor lifestyle is amongst the country's most vibrant. Read the insider's guide to exploring Austin in Winter.

  10. Jake Clinton

    Every summer for 26 years, Jake Clinton has galvanized the Santa Barbara running community with Wednesday Night runs at Leadbetter Beach.

  11. 15 Alabama State Parks You Should Visit Before It’s Too Late

    Alabama has threatened to close 15 state parks due to a budget crunch. We offer a guide to each park to visit before it's too late.

  12. Why We Started RootsRated

    After driving 16,000 miles around North America, we launched RootsRated to make it easier to discover the best outdoor experiences.

  13. Rumble in the Concrete Jungle

    Over 100 cyclists, representing downhill and BMX, compete in the first race of its kind at Charlotte's US National Whitewater Center.

  14. Hit the Trails With Santa Barbara Trail Runners

    Nancy Kaplan wanted to run Santa Barbara's trails with company. Today, the Santa Barbara Trail Runners have over 400 members.

  15. Steep and Deep at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

    Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's Steep and Deep Camps are unfrogettable experiences that train skiers for the most classic runs in the Tetons.

  16. Charlotte Running Company Trail Race

    A Charlotte trail running tradition.

  17. 5 Hidden Outdoor Gems Within 60 Miles of Tuscaloosa

    Tuscaloosa is just a stone's throw away from some of Alabama's best hidden outdoor gems. Here are five within 60 miles of the city.

  18. Warren "War Dog" Thomas

    Having spent his entire life on the water, Warren Thomas opened the country's first dedicated SUP shop in Santa Barbara in 2007.

  19. Winged Foot Club Embraces the Cold

    Some of the hardiest runners in North America, the Winged Foot Club runs the Twin Cities' trails regardless of polar vortex temperatures.

  20. Brenton Reagan

    When he was 18, Brenton Reagan summited Grand teton with Alex Lowe. It was the day he knew he would devote his life to Mountain Guiding.

  21. Without Limits Productions

    In 2007, the Panigutti brothers entered a saturated market. Today, Without Limits Productions is behind Colorado's most exciting triathlons.

  22. Hill of Life Trail

    One of Austin's great gifts for invigoration and time in nature, check out how locals enjoy the Hill of Life trail.

  23. Heavenly Mountain Resort: A Perennial Favorite in Tahoe

    With 200 guns that make over 120 inches of snow a year, Heavenly Mountain Resort has the largest snow-making system on the west coast.

  24. Cyclocross Nationals Return to Boulder

    After 17 years, the Cyclocross nationals returned to Colorado, where competitors enjoyed crowds that rivaled those of Europe.

  25. A Conversation with One of Jackson Hole's Leading Downhill Skiers: Jess McMillan

    Years as a successful ski racer and pro kayaker, Jess McMillan has been training to go fast and furious her entire life.

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