Outdoors

Outdoors

Innovative headlamp makes it more comfortable to run in the dark

Headlamps may have started as a camping accessory, but the technology has improved so much in the last few decades that they've made running in the darkness not only possible but also enjoyable. Get ready for the next advancement from BioLight, which has created an ultrathin headlamp that will become the new standard for runners – and anyone else moving in the dark. The 330-lumen lamp sits flush on the forehead, which makes it much less cumbersome when moving. The innovation comes from moving the battery pack to the back of the head, so the headlamp is far more balanced, and you don't have to tighten it beyond comfort to stay in place. You also can forget the batteries, as this headlamp is rechargeable via a USB port, with up to 40 hours of battery life per charge.

Outdoors

YakTrax cleats the answer on icy hikes

Given the recent snow, I knew ice was likely during a hike with my dog last weekend. I would be making the brief trek to the top of Mount Cutler in Colorado Springs – a shadowed route the reaches 6,746 feet in elevation. It's a beginner route, but with a pulling dog and a steep grade, ice could make the trek treacherous.

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Fat tire bikes may look silly, but they’re fun to ride in winter and summer months

When you see someone riding a fat tire bike, it's hard not to do a double take. The cartoonishly large tires look so out of place on a standard bike frame that you have to think someone is pulling a prank. Yet these bikes that were initially designed for riding through the snow have become, while perhaps not yet familiar, certainly visible on trails year-round in most parts of the country. Why? They're just fun to ride, whether in snow or on the rough trails in the summer months. You get more traction and grip over rough terrain without giving up much in efficiency.

First group of homeless people move from Beard Brook to emergency shelter under Modesto bridge

About 40 homeless people on Wednesday left a makeshift tent village in Beard Brook Park in Modesto, California, and moved into a new camp under the Ninth Street Bridge near the Tuolumne River.