UnTapped Blog

A Trip Up North America’s Highest Peak

Vermonter Jamie Struck recently teamed up with three others as part of a Denali expedition dubbed 2 Hot 2 Cold. This outdoor educator is one of two Vermonters, while the other two members are Californians, hence the tongue in cheek title up North America’s highest peak. In one of the more entertaining post-trip adventures you’ll

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Unbound with Roger Brown

That was another big day on the bike.  Listen here to my and Ted’s debriefing of my 2021 and 2022 Unbound experiences (or, “learn how you shouldn’t prepare for Unbound”).  But seriously, even I enjoy reliving 17 hours in the saddle while I am not sitting on an actual bike saddle.  And note that the

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Ted’s Tips on Riding Through the Heat

Hydration pack or no hydration pack, that is the question. That’s a very common question ahead of gravel races, as are those revolving around aerobars and tire pressure. UnTapped co-founder and gravel racer Ted King here and I’d like to have a chat on the first of these topics; namely, how to work through the

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Packing in Preparation for a Gravel Ride

So you’ve got your hands on a gravel bike and a friend convinced you that you should join them on a gravel ride — or maybe even a race. Given the booming popularity of gravel cycling, this scenario is happening all the more often. What isn’t necessarily happening is that friend giving you the tips

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Bikepacking Recipes with Devin Cowens: Part 1

I manage a bikepacking group known as Radical Adventure Riders ATL (RAR ATL); our aim is to create more inclusive spaces in the cycling community by moving toward enhancing gender inclusivity and racial equity in the bicycle and outdoor adventure scene. We especially seek to center the experiences of BIPOC, queer, trans, and nonbinary riders.

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Kidney Donor Athletes Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

March 10, 2022 marked World Kidney Day and the day when a group of 20 kidney donors reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa’s tallest peak (19,341 feet). Each participant had their own donation story, but this hike signified the common goal of sharing the message that it is possible to thrive and

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Keeping up with Callen

Returning Maple Fanatic Callen Hwang has been back in full swing this winter and is currently rounding out her snowboarding season with a few final local and national competitions and events.  In the midst of all of this Callen continues to balance her academics, family and friends.  Callen you have had a jammed pack season

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Making Sugar on Snow at Home

Ingredients & Tools Slopeside Syrup (preferably amber grade) Fresh clean snow or blend ice in a food processor until it resembles snow Food Thermometer Fork or Popsicle Stick Dill Pickles Directions Pour 1 – 2 cups of Slopeside Syrup into a pot and bring to a boil. Let boil for a few minute until syrup reaches 235°. Pack

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Spring Running

Winter is saying its goodbyes and the transition to spring brings about countless things worth smiling about. Longer daylight hours, warmer temperatures and of course for maple lovers it’s the time when the sap runs.  No matter where you are in your running career, spring can be a great time to lay the groundwork for

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