October 25, 2017

Hiking Boots vs. Trail Runners: The Great Debate

Hiking Boots

How to decide when you really need a pair of big, bad boots  Newbie hikers or those looking to replace an older pair of hiking boots often ask the question these days: Do I have to buy a pair of burly boots to hike in the woods or go backpacking? Of course not. After all, […]

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October 24, 2017

Athlete or Climber: Do We Downgrade Ourselves?

“Do you consider yourself an athlete?” Aisha Weinhold asked, sitting on the kitchen …
October 20, 2017

Meet the Shredders of the All-Women Sturdy Dirty Enduro Series

At the final stop of this unique mountain bike race series' inaugural season, riders and organizers reflected on what makes the Sturdy Dirty so special.  I’m hanging out at the top of a gnarly climb, watching dirt-crusted mountain bikes crank up the final hump. As soon as the riders dismount, they stumble like sunbaked zombies […]

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October 17, 2017

Gear Review: Rickaroons

Gluten-free! Organic! Vegan! And the big one–Paleo-friendly! Snacks with exclamations like these typically …
October 10, 2017

What Happened in Vegas

October 1st, 2017 was a heavy day in the world. I was visiting …
October 4, 2017

Trail Boss: Cleaning Bennett Gap’s Hike-a-Bike

Jeff Lenosky shreds another bucket list trail to pieces—including the "unrideable" bits. In this episode of Trail Boss, an MTB Project video series in which Jeff Lenosky seeks out and cleans unrideable trails, the trials riding legend set his sights on the big mountains of western North Carolina. "It's my favorite place to ride in North America," said […]

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October 3, 2017

The Road to Patagonia

We sat at our campground early one weekend morning. Thacher State Park had …
October 3, 2017

Member Portrait: Ralph “TRLBLZRS” Lee

Originally from Queens, New York, Ralph started hiking in Los Angeles at the age of 26 and never stopped. In 2014 he created TRLBLZRS, an LA-based hiking group aimed at getting people from all walks of life outdoors and connecting them to nature. Why is getting outside important? The most important thing to me is […]

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September 27, 2017

DIY: How to Make an Alcohol Stove from Soda Cans

Completed DIY Alcohol Stove

Alcohol stoves have long been a favorite of ultralight backpackers. Using aluminum cans for the stove and alcohol for fuel, they’re cheap to make, easy to operate and weigh less than 2 ounces. This step-by-step guide explains how to make a penny alcohol stove, which uses the copper coin to create pressure for more efficient […]

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