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Archive for 'April 2012'

    Available Now: The World's Best First-Aid Kit

    fileThere comes a moment on every Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS course I teach, literally every one, where an earnest and well-intentioned student approaches to ask which first-aid kit they should buy. With apologies to all these terrific and beautiful people, the answer is quite simple: How the heck should I know? It's not a question anyone could answer for another person, any more than they could tell you which state you should live in, or which national park you should visit or what you ...

    Posted by Hovey WMI on April 19, 2012 5:37 PM & Tagged WMI of NOLS, Wilderness Medicine Institute and first-aid kits | permalink | Comments

    Tune in Live Next Week to the REI Annual Members' Meeting

    fileMark the date: This year marks the first time you can watch a live webcast of the REI Annual Members' Meeting. The 2012 meeting will be held from 7 to 8pm, Pacific time, on Wednesday, April 25 from the REI Seattle store. Puget Sound-area members are welcome to join the meeting in-person (please preregister online here). Follow the link from the Membership tab at to hear the co-op's Board Chair John Hamlin and President and CEO Sally Jewell detail highlights and financial performance ...

    Posted by Steve T on April 18, 2012 6:22 PM & Tagged REI Seattle, annual meeting, board of directors and live webcast | permalink | Comments

    Freebie Alert: Entrance Fees Will Be Waived April 21-29 for National Park Week

    fileSee a park, save some bucks: A 9-day span called National Park Week runs April 21-29, and during that time no entrance fees will be charged at national parks. Not included in this fee-free offer: sites administered by the Bureau of Land Management or U.S Fish and Wildlife Service that charge entrance fees; National Forest Service areas that charge a standard amenity fee (trailhead parking lots, for example); state parks.  Just so you know, at national parks the deal applies only to entrance ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on April 17, 2012 2:44 PM & Tagged fees and national parks | permalink | Comments

    Top 7 Signs of Spring: How Do Know Spring's Here?

    Spring, as the song goes, is bustin' out all over.  Besides the longer days and balmier temps, here's a quick rundown of my favorite ways to mark the delicious turning of the season:   1. Booming bicycle traffic.  On my bike-friendly street, the volume of bike commuters—kitted out in rain gear and fenders—has easily tripled in the last few weeks. Just in time for Bike to Work month in May. 2. Blossom storms. The cherry, apple and pear trees are loaded with blooms. Along comes a random gusty ...

    Posted by KellyH on April 17, 2012 1:58 PM & Tagged seasonal change and spring | permalink | Comments

    Can You 'Chi' Your Way to Injury-Free Running?

    fileIf you could seriously boost your immunity to running-related injuries—without going barefoot—would you be interested? Imagine focusing on the joy of running itself, rather than worrying about plantar fasciitis, shin splints, runner's knee or IT band syndrome. Such is the tempting promise of Chi Running®. On a recent rainy Sunday afternoon in Seattle, I joined 10 other running enthusiasts at a beginners' Chi Running workshop to pursue this question firsthand. Why? Numerous studies suggest that ...

    Posted by Yitka W on April 16, 2012 3:53 PM & Tagged Running, chi running and fitness | permalink | Comments

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