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Dayhike a Marathon
DAWN PAINTS MY dust as I charge up the trail. I’m on a mission, marching past groups of over-nighters who are moving at a more leisurely pace. Knowing I’m in a race against time puts a jump in my step, and I power past Maroon Lake, barely noticing th
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7. Hike Naked
I’M WEARING CHACOS. THAT’S IT. Well, OK—if we’re being totally honest, I’m also wearing sunglasses, a watch, half a dozen bracelets, and a Buff. Otherwise, I’m in the buff. As in, naked. Removing the actual Buff felt too final. I take a tentative str
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Going Bananas
Dear Peel, Correction: All kinds of things want to hold a slimy peel—squirrels, skunks, and mice, among others. Not only is your trash unsightly, but it also has negative impacts on wildlife. All those peels attract animals and override their instinc