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How a program for special needs athletes helps them find more than fitness

When you're born under the special needs umbrella; when you get frustrated because no one can understand what you're trying to say; when you are angry or depressed or antsy and don't quite know what to do with those feelings, you might respond in any number of ways. Maybe you lash out. Or withdraw. Or just stay in bed until your mom practically has to pull you out.

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Don't know where to put your smartphone during a run? Try Nathan Sports' armband

It's no surprise that more and more people are exercising with their smartphone in tow. Whether you like to listen to music, podcasts or simply stay connected, having a phone handy while running, biking, hiking, or working out in a gym is a fact of life for many people. The problem arises in just how to transport the phone without impacting your movement. That's why the interest in smart watches has risen, as many of the functions of your phone can be replaced with a smaller device strapped to your wrist. Not bad, but now have to shell out another couple of hundred dollars (plus you've got another gadget to learn).

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If you have a flat tire, you'll want this mini bike pump handy

Carrying around a pump on your bike frame might seem like overkill – until you need one. Maybe that's why so many on the market are cheap plastic models that emphasize low-weight instead of functionality. Yes, no one wants extra weight on the bike, but when you're struggling to inflate a tire far from home, those few extra grams don't seem like such a big deal. Tattico's new Bluetooth Mini-Pump manages to keep the weight relatively low while using metal parts and a great design to create a very functional hand pump.

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Spencer McKee: Are people actually reaching the Four Corners when visiting the monument?

One of Colorado's popular southwest attractions, the Four Corners National Monument is placed where the Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah corners meet so perfectly that it's possible for one to have limbs in each state at a single time. However, there's been quite a bit of debate recently about the accuracy of its placement. Either it's right, and the 250,000ish people that visit this attraction each year are doing something pretty awesome ... or the placement is wrong, and 250,000 people are taking a picture on top of a completely random spot in the middle of the desert. We wanted to get to the bottom of it, and we found that what many believe isn't quite right.

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Climber who fell to his death at Oregon's Smith Rock State Park remembered as passionate

Bend climbers Alex Reed and Chris Hatzai spent long hours together in the rarely used, northeast corner of Smith Rock State Park last summer. Often starting at dawn, their days could last 14 hours. The friends, suspended by ropes, created numerous routes in The Marsupials by drilling and bolting the lichen-coated, 80-foot walls made of consolidated volcanic tuff. They often hung side by side, chatting about matters large and small.

Watch how the Denali National Park sled dogs spent the winter

There is still snow on the ground in Denali National Park and Preserve. The park put together this video so you can enjoy a quick look back through the winter season for the Denali NPS sled dogs. On Facebook go to @DenaliNPS.
Denali National Park and Preserve