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July 23, 2018

How To Take Better Photos on Your Phone

Tips for how to take photos on your phone

Nowadays, whether you’re in town or on a trail, most people are walking around with a smartphone in their pocket. These powerful and compact devices come in handy in a number of ways in the wild, from letting you check your location on a topo map to identifying stars in the night sky. And, of […]

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July 23, 2018

A New Documentary Shows How Bicycles Are a Tool For Women’s Empowerment in Afghanistan

Relatively affordable, safe and efficient, bicycles have long played a key role in movements for women’s equality, starting with the American suffragettes in the late 19th century. “Let me tell you what I think of bicycling,” said Susan B. Anthony, the famous women’s rights activist, in 1896. “I think it has done more to emancipate […]

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July 19, 2018

Backpacking Breakfast: Coconut Chocolate Granola Recipe

Backpacking Granola

Start your day with something sweet with this backpacking-friendly Coconut Chocolate Granola. This vegetarian breakfast is loaded with nearly 500 calories per serving while remaining super lightweight. Half the calories come from easily-accessible carbohydrates while the other half come from slower burning fats & protein, providing a blend of rapid energy for now and long […]

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July 19, 2018

Mini-Episode: Packing Up to Leave

Every job has its pros and cons. Some can be pretty chaotic and …
July 17, 2018

The Best Water Bottles of 2018

Best water bottles of 2018

Adventurers need to stay hydrated to get the most out of their outdoor sports, and that means always carrying the right water bottle for the job. Owning a few water bottles with activity-specific benefits—but which are all easily washable, leak resistant and durable—will encourage you to drink adequately around the clock. To help you drink […]

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July 16, 2018

Best-Selling Outdoor Gear in 2018 (so far)

We’re pretty obsessed with gear—and have been for the past 80 years. And if you’re here, that means you’re also probably pretty obsessed. We are constantly choosing, testing, reviewing and re-choosing gear, and a lot of it has to do with what resonates well with you, our customers. So we’re bringing you the top purchased […]

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July 13, 2018

Family Hiking Tips

Assess your situation ahead of time to make your hike enjoyable for the whole family.

A couple of years ago my 3-year-old son and I had one of those especially difficult days getting on trail. We were visiting Arches National Park and the challenge started in the parking lot of Delicate Arch. I wanted to carry Mason in a soft-structured carrier, but he just wasn’t having it. He insisted on […]

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July 13, 2018

North Carolina’s Ginseng Lottery Has Begun

Ginseng

A common ingredient in your favorite energy drink grows wild in the mountains of North Carolina, and it’s worth so much, you have to win a lottery in order to harvest it legally. Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests have opened their annual lottery for permits to harvest wild American ginseng. People use ginseng for a […]

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July 13, 2018

There’s No Such Thing As a Perfect Hike

Denali

My friend Aaron and I spent parts of two days tromping in and around Denali National Park in early May. The mountains were spectacular, the moose were enormous and the snowy owl that flew across my line of vision was a delightful surprise. Even the ptarmigan that sat on the side of the road looking […]

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