You don't necessarily think of a jacket as summertime gear, but when you run into bad weather on the hiking trail - particularly at altitude - you quickly discover how important it can be. The Marmot Red Star is a high-tech jacket that manages to be both waterproof and comfortable. Made with a three-layer NanoPro stretch fabric (a proprietary Marmot product), the Red Star keeps water out, even in the strongest downpours. After the storm, the Red Star's underarm vents will help if you start to overheat on the trail and help you dry out.
During work hours, Bryan Jenks earns his living as a technician in the health care department at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione. Off the clock, the tall, tattooed 23-year-old runs through fields, jumps over metal railings and scales brick walls around the Sacramento region, all for fun and exercise.
Fitness trainer Melissa Tafoya coaches boxers whose traitorous bodies give them a dozen reasons not to show up for class. Some lose their balance just trying to cross a room. Others wake up with an overwhelming sense of exhaustion. A few have muscles so rigid that their bodies contort.
You may have heard of stunt woman Jessie Graff. Earlier this summer, the talented 32-year-old donned a two-piece Wonder Woman outfit and dominated the "American Ninja Warrior" course, giving other competitors serious competition. But even if you never heard of Graff, chances are, you've seen her work on film and television. She's done stuntwork for "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," "Live Free or Die Hard," "The Dark Knight," "Supergirl," "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," and "Hawaii Five-0" just to name a few.
Some say the man who captured the world's imagination more than a half-century ago aboard a tiny bathyscaphe called Trieste symbolizes the last of the great explorers, those who risked it all to make discoveries where few dared go.
The big sports deal for many young athletes today is risky action. If they can pull off some twists or multiple flips on their BMX bike or skateboard, they can become stars - rich ones. The field is now opening for competitors as young as 12 and 13.
Camping hammocks have been soaring in popularity in recent years, as more campers discover that sleeping above the ground can be more comfortable than the alternative. Even if you still prefer to sleep in a tent - preferably with a good air mattress underneath you - a hammock is a great campsite addition, excellent for reading and relaxing. The Doublenest Hammock from Eagle Nest Outfitters is made from high-tenacity nylon - meaning it's very sturdy and very lightweight. At 19 ounces, it's easy to store in a backpack and compresses into a 5-inch by 5-inch pouch. It comes with all the gear you'll need to attach it to a couple of trees and start your vacation.