outdoor activities

December 14, 2018

Meet the First Openly Gay Woman to Complete the Seven Summits

On June 23, 2018 Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, age 43, stood on the summit of Denali, the highest mountain in North America. She was the first openly gay woman to complete the Seven Summits, a challenge to climb the highest mountain on each continent. Her first words atop the peak, captured via video, were “Nature doesn’t discriminate. […]

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December 13, 2018

Gear Review: Deuter SL Line

I couldn’t be more excited that Deuter has a women-specific line of backpacks. …
December 13, 2018

6 Tips for Being on Trail in the Dark This Winter

It’s happening. Winter is coming, which brings along with it shorter daylight hours. For those of us who love to get on trail year-round, no matter the temperature, this will mean being on trail in the dark.   A few years ago I was attempting to hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in less than […]

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December 12, 2018

Missing Link in the Mountains-to-Sea Trail Completed

Beautiful mountains of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the morning light

A key eight-mile section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) was recently completed, offering backpackers a 350-mile-long trail experience in and near North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is the Tarheel State’s longest trail, spanning 1,175 miles from the state’s mountainous western border to the Atlantic Ocean. The trail boasts some of […]

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December 10, 2018

Pattie Gonia, Backpacking Queen, Releases Her First Full-Length Video

Have you heard of the world’s first backpacking queen, Pattie Gonia? She’s an inspiration in six-inch heels—created by photographer Wyn Wiley as a fun side project at first and then a full-on alternate persona, allowing him to explore all sides of his gender expression. Pattie's mission is to promote inclusion and celebrate diversity in the […]

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December 10, 2018

How to Travel and Explore Portugal

Coastal hiking.

Plunging dramatically into the chilly waters of the North Atlantic, Portugal was, for centuries, considered the end of the world. Although explorers (many of Portuguese descent) eventually determined otherwise, Europe’s westernmost nation still feels like it lies at the edge of nowhere. A perfect mix of European sensibility crossed with untamed natural beauty, the country […]

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December 7, 2018

Wheel Love for the Trail

Two mountain bike riders standing by their bikes

Not all mechanical problems can be fixed on the side of the trail, but in many instances, mountain bikers can find a homespun solution to limp their bikes home without incident. Utah-based mountain bike guides Shaun Raskin and Weston Deutschlander of Inspired Summit Adventures are particularly invested in keeping their clients’ bikes rolling. “Reviews tend […]

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December 7, 2018

How to Travel and Explore Tuscany

Tuscany life.

Tuscany, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, is world famous for its wealth of art and architectural gems, superb red wines and farm-to-table cuisine. It’s one of the most-visited places in Italy for these reasons, but there are also wild areas—from its Mediterranean coast to its hills and mountains—where active travelers can find adventure.   […]

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December 4, 2018

Top 10 Hikes in Tennessee

The majestic Appalachian Mountains in the east and extensive river systems across the state make Tennessee a veritable playground for outdoor enthusiasts. With everything from short and easy day hikes for the family to rugged and strenuous backpacking trips for more adventurous hikers, the stunning trails around the state offer something for everyone. Plus, the […]

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