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Skiing and Snowboarding : Jun 2012

Grand Canyon Pipe Break Floods Trail

A Grand Canyon National Park pipeline carrying potable water below the rim ruptured on Thursday, temporarily halting cross-canyon travel. Rangers closed a one-mile section of the North Kaibab Trail when an exposed segment of the 16-mile water line washed out a 45-foot portion of the path. Maintenance crews expect to complete repairs to the pipe and reopen the trail by next Friday. The Park Service cautioned hikers to treat or filter water in the canyon in the meantime. This is the park's third pipeline breakage in a week, incidents that park officials attribute to the age of the pipes, which were installed in the 1960s.

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Bear Attacks Arizona Woman In Tent

On Thursday, a 74-year-old Arizona woman was attacked by a black bear that slashed through her tent in a Tonto National Forest campground. The woman and her husband, along with their dog, managed to scare away the bear, which had cut and bruised the woman's face. "They are very, very lucky," said Jim Paxon, a spokesman with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. "Anytime a bear rips through a tent and enters it with humans in it, that's a pretty big threat." Officials are now tracking the bear with dogs and intend to put it down. Authorities have evacuated the campground and closed it until the end of August as a precaution.

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The Fall and Rise of Kayaker Jason Craig

Canoe and Kayak magazine just put out a beautiful companion video to go with their feature story on kayaker Jason Craig. On March 20, 2011, the 17-year-old went over a 30-foot waterfall on California's Dry Creek, struck a rock, and shattered his pelvis, smashed his spine, and ruptured his dural sac. Fall and Rise: Jason's Story details his accident and recovery.

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Summer's 10 Best Family-Friendly Outdoor Festivals

2010 Slopestyle Teva Mountain Games Vail by Zach MahoneBig air, bigger views kick off this weekend in Vail. Photo: Teva Mountain Games

With long days and warm nights, summer is festival season. But if you want more from your weekend than sitting on your butt on a blanket, swilling beer, and listening to live music, check out these 10 family-friendly outdoor festivals that put the emphasis on adventure.

Summer Teva Mountain Games
Vail, Colorado; May 31-June 2
Stand-up paddleboarding, mud running, freestyle mountain biking, and slacklining are just a few of the events on tap this weekend in Vail at what’s arguably the standard-setter for summer sports festivals. The mountain mash-up attracts elite athletes, local die-hards, and weekend warriors from across the country—and the mix is what keeps it fresh. Kids can take a shot at any of the events, but the youth bouldering contest and XC bike race breed are where the next generation of rippers can be found. Plus: adventure flicks, gear demos, free yoga, casting clinics, and big-air contests for dogs round out the action. www.tevamountaingames.com.

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Gear Nerds Win: Introducing Our Summer 2012 Buyer's Guide

The wonky tech talk can get pretty heavy around here. Personally, I can go on for hours about air permeability, fabric denier, and how the number of lumens in a headlamp isn't the whole story. But it's not just me. There's so much geeking out in the halls of our Santa Fe headquarters that Buyer's Guide art director Edie Dillman thought it would be amusing to illustrate some of the more colorful remarks [see print edition].

But we walk the walk, too. Recently Aaron Gulley, who oversees Outside's bike coverage, asked me if I could recommend a daypack in the 20- to 30-liter range with beefy suspension. It was an odd request—most packs that size don't have much structure—until he explained what he intended to use it for. He was assembling his kit for the AZTR: a 700-mile self-supported mountain-bike tour that bisects the state of Arizona. Right around mile 620, you run into a slight hiccup called the Grand Canyon. Because it's a national park, there's no mountain biking allowed. So like the handful of other crazy mofos participating in this year's AZTR sufferfest, Gulley will have to complete a 20-plus-mike rim-to-rim hike with a bike strapped to his back. After several shakedown sessions in the hills around town, Gulley decided on Osprey's Stratos 24—just in case you've got a daylong bike portage in your future.

—Sam Moulton
@moultonsam

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