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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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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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