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August 21, 2018

First Look: REI Co-op Rainier Rain Jacket

When the rain hits, you want gear that keeps you dry, but not at the cost of breaking the bank. Enter the REI Co-op Rainier rain jacket. It’s waterproof, breathable and wind-resistant—and costs $89. “[The REI] founders’ original intent was to provide people with affordable gear,” said Scott Mosher, senior product art director for REI […]

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August 20, 2018

Too Old for Long-Distance Walking?

Maybe you backpacked in your 20s, ran road races in your 30s and 40s and climbed Kilimanjaro in your 50s. Suddenly you’re 65 and wondering, “What next?” Or maybe you did none of these but wish you had. I’ve met countless pilgrims, hikers and explorers well into their 70s out taking a walk that just […]

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August 17, 2018

How to Dehydrate Food

A dehydrator with multiple shelves and dehydrated food lining the shelves

As anyone who has been on an overnight backpacking, paddling or cycling trip can tell you, your thoughts eventually turn to food. You start dreaming of the burger or ice cream (or, let’s be honest, both) you’ll have post-trip. But there’s no reason to save the good food for the end. Dehydrating your own food […]

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August 14, 2018

The Best Baby Carrier Backpacks of 2018

Consider your family members and their unique needs to select a trail that feels just right.

Since prehistoric times, caregivers have been carrying their progeny around on their backs. Luckily, today’s modern baby carrier backpacks are cushioned, lightweight, roomy and well-ventilated. These plush packs are a far cry from the wooden planks, rough blankets and leather straps of the baby carriers of yore. To help you choose which baby carrier backpack […]

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August 8, 2018

The First-Ever Teen LGBTQ Outward Bound Trip

On a bluebird June afternoon, blue, pink and white flags waved as thousands of people pressed forward into Dolores Park for this year’s San Francisco Trans March, which took place the Friday before the city’s LGBTQ Pride Parade. Among those marching were seven teenagers, aged 15 to 18, and three trip leaders who were taking […]

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August 6, 2018

Best Backpacking Trails in North Carolina

A couple of hikers enjoy the scenery on the Appalachian Trail.

With mountain scenery, abundant campsites and shelters, and well-maintained trails in locations like Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pisgah National Forest, Linville Gorge Wilderness and Shining Rock Wilderness, a backpacking trip in North Carolina is sure to reward hikers with stunning vistas, verdant woods, picturesque waterfalls and memorable sunrises and sunsets. Whether you are planning […]

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August 3, 2018

Natchez Trace Trail

The Natchez Trace Trail follows the footsteps of some of earliest inhabitants of North America. Discover history in motion with 70 miles of trail and 444 miles of paved parkway—part of the broader Natchez Trace area. Distance: 70 miles of trail and 444 miles of paved parkway States: Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama Year Established: 1983 […]

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August 3, 2018

North Country Trail (NCT)

Tick off seven states along the North Country Trail—the longest continuous trail in the National Trails System. At 4,600 miles in length, there is plenty to discover. Distance: 4,600 miles States: New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and Vermont (coming soon!) Year Established: 1980 Best Times of Year to Visit: Year-round Notable Spots Along […]

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August 3, 2018

Potomac Heritage Trail

Following a waterway that shaped our young nation’s history by serving as a westbound highway for goods from eastern settlements, the Potomac Heritage Trail travels for 1,100 miles through the tidal Potomac and upper Youghiogheny River basins. Discover history and scenic beauty by following the trail by foot or boat. Distance: 1,100 miles States: Virginia, […]

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