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PSA: Carry Bear Spray When Heading into the Backcountry

As winter turns to spring, there’s still plenty of good riding to be had in the backcountry. But before you head out, you might want to throw some bear spray into your pack if you're recreating in bear country. The critters are waking up, and no one wants to bump into a 600-pound drowsy grizzly bear unprepared. To him, you look like a breakfast burrito in a Gore-tex tortilla. Jokes aside, give animals their proper space since we’re the ones romping around in their backyard.

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Should you encounter a grizzly bear, here are a few tips to staying safe:

-If you encounter a grizzly, do not run.

-Avoid direct eye contact.

-Walk away slowly, if the bear is not approaching.

-If the bear charges, stand your ground (you cannot outrun it).

-Don't scream or yell.

-If you have pepper spray, prepare to use it.

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Watch the Official Trailer for Jeremy Jones’ “Purple Mountains”
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Our outdoor playgrounds are in peril and our votes this November will decide their future. Professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones has watched winters change drastically during his 45 years spent in the mountains. More extreme weather, fewer snow days, and economic strain on mountain towns. And yet, climate change remains a divisive issue. In the new film , Jeremy seeks common ground in the heart of America's purple states, having honest discussions with individuals who don't see eye to eye

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Here’s What it’s Like to be Caught in a Bison Stampede
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No, thank you. This video is a great reminder of how I never want to be caught in a bison stampede. It is unknown what caused this tsunami wave of fuzzy Prius-sized mammals to charge through the Yellowstone National Park traffic. My guess is that a middle-aged woman with an iPad spooked them while trying to get photos for family back home. Damn it, Karen, why can’t you just stay on the boardwalk?! Jokes aside, we’re glad that no one was hurt from this uncomfortably close wildlife

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Make a Plan to Vote with Protect Our Winters
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Make a Plan to Vote with Protect Our Winters

If we want to protect the places we love—our mountains, forests, deserts, or oceans—it starts by voting. Sounds simple, right? However, our track record isn’t too great: Thirty-five percent of 18-29-year-olds, who said they “definitely voted” in the 2014 midterm election, in fact, didn't actually vote. Yikes. We can do better this November and Protect Our Winters wants to make the process as easy as possible. RELATED: Make a Plan to Vote with Protect Our Winters Protect Our Winters’ Make A