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Outdoor Project: 5 Adventures to Inspire You to Go Harder

You've been training since the spring, racking up those trail miles, ticking off incremental objectives, and fine tuning gear and packing lists. Now, with summer moving into its final stretch, you are honing in on your crown-jewel adventure for 2019. You've planned, prepped, and sacrificed. The timing is prime but fleeting; the colder days of fall will be here soon, closing the window until next year. This is the season to step up your game. This is the season to go harder.

As outdoor adventurers, we froth with anticipation and often plan our year around this current window of time to ensure we make the most of the ephemeral offerings the wilderness has bestowed us. The notion to "go harder" during this time is something that need not be said; it comes naturally and is experienced in myriad ways. We challenge ourselves to expand what we thought was possible, be it completing our longest trail run, bagging that higher peak, or running a river of consequence. We attempt and sometimes succeed, and other times fail at these endeavors. We lean on the support of others that share our vision and the gear we rely on to safely achieve our goals.

Where will you go to "go harder" this season?

To honor the spirit of pushing ourselves and striving to take on new challenges in the outdoors this time of year, we've compiled five bucket-list-worthy trails, peaks, and rivers that we invite you to explore as a source of inspiration. These might be a single day trail run for some or a multi-day backpack for others. The challenge in the endeavor is all relative. What's important is that you step outside your comfort zone and challenge yourself with adventures like the ones you'll find below.

See the full list on Outdoor Project's website here.

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May 8, 2022

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