October 26, 2017

Behind the Scenes of The North Face’s Summit Series Evolution

The North Face's most technical line of kit gets a refresh For more than a decade, The North Face has designed its Summit Series, featuring apparel, packs, and tents, to be the technical pinnacle of the brand. But like alpine climbers seeking to pare their kit to the essentials, the iconic outdoor gear maker has streamlined […]

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October 26, 2017

Camping with Dogs: How to Navigate Rules and Regulations

dog walking in a field

Bring your dogs on your next adventure—many areas of our public lands welcome canine companions. All it takes is a little planning. Nearly every year, I gather with friends for a campout at Steens Mountain, a remote gem in Oregon’s high desert roughly 350 miles southeast of Portland. We nestle our tents in just-turning-yellow aspens […]

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October 26, 2017

A Hiker’s Guide to Machu Picchu

Everything you need to know about where to go, when to visit and what to bring to this historic site Along the train tracks next to the Urubamba River, a steady stream of poncho-clad backpackers walked toward Machu Picchu. The rain clouds lifted enough to get a glimpse of the famous Inca citadel and UNESCO […]

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October 25, 2017

The Nature Fix: Free Your Mind and Go Outdoors

hiker looking at a waterfall

I recently gave an author talk in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, about the mental health benefits of walking in nature. I shared some of the latest research about how time outdoors helps boost our moods and reduces symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. At the end of the talk, a woman raised her hand […]

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October 25, 2017

Packing It Out 2017: Leave It Better

Abby Taylor riding her bike on the Packing It Out 2017 tour

Five months. 4,700 miles. 2,130 pounds of trash. On April 26, 2017, Seth Orme and Abby Taylor set out on a cross-country bike tour to pick up trash. Beginning on Cumberland Island, Georgia, and ending in Seattle, they zigzagged across the U.S., cleaning up scenic areas and inspiring others to “leave it better” as part […]

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October 25, 2017

A Century of Denali National Park

In honor of its 100th birthday, Kristen Pope, who worked there for three summers, breaks down the history and rugged wilderness of this 6-million-acre park. When Jo Wood drove the Denali Park Road for the first time 27 years ago, she saw Denali—the highest mountain in North America—and was mesmerized. The 20,310-foot Alaskan peak is […]

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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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