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December 1, 2020

How to Find Solitude in the Great Smoky Mountains

Hikers on a bridge in the Smokies

Editor’s note: Please consult the CDC or your state health department for information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. When spending time outdoors, please recreate responsibly. Some locations within Great Smoky Mountains National Park may be temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Check with the NPS for current conditions. For the 76th year in a row, Great Smoky Mountains National […]

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November 13, 2020

Good Gear: Green Guru Breathes a Second Life Into Old Gear

Green Guru Upcycled Sleep Pad Travel Kit

If one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, then Davidson Lewis is a gold miner. He and his team at Colorado-based company Green Guru sift through the outdoor industry’s waste stream—which is more like a raging river—hunting for durable, high-quality materials that can be upcycled into everything from hard-wearing wallets to flashy, one-of-a-kind bike panniers. […]

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November 11, 2020

Yes, There Are Still Bison in America. Here’s Where to See Them.

First light on frosty bison near Soda Butte Creek

For millennia, tens of millions of bison, also called buffalo, roamed the North American continent, critical to the Great Plains ecosystem and to the cultural and spiritual lives of Native Americans. But not long after white settlers arrived, bison hunters overexploited the bison population for meat, hides and other products. By the end of the […]

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November 7, 2020

The Best Holiday Gifts for Outdoorsy Dogs (and Their Humans)

Ruffwear Grip Trex Dog Booties - Pair

Editor’s note: This year’s a bit different—shop early to avoid lines in-store and get your gifts delivered with plenty of time to spare. Shopping in-store? There might be a line. Join the waitlist from anywhere to save time.  You have good gear, why shouldn’t your best friend? Upgrade your four-legged adventure buddy’s kit this year […]

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November 6, 2020

The Best Holiday Gifts for Hikers and Campers

best gifts for hikers

Editor’s note: This year’s a bit different—shop early to avoid lines in-store and get your gifts delivered with plenty of time to spare. Shopping in-store? There might be a line. Join the waitlist from anywhere to save time.  Shopping for the sort of person who prefers an inflatable pad and stars to a memory-foam mattress […]

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October 30, 2020

Yosemite Wilderness and Half Dome Permits Guide

Yosemite National Park

Editor’s note: Please consult the CDC or your state health department for information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. When spending time outdoors, please recreate responsibly. By now, we all know: Our national parks are popular. The year 2019 was the fifth consecutive year that National Park Service-operated lands topped 300 million annual visits. Yosemite National Park is no […]

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October 29, 2020

First Look: Testing the New Stanley Titanium Drinkware

Stanley Stay-Hot Titanium Travel Mug

Think Stanley, and you probably think steel. But the 107-year-old company has recently released a line of drinkware that’s unlike anything it’s offered before. Stanley’s newest cup and mugs are made of double-wall titanium rather than steel, the metal that the company has used since 1913 to make its unbreakable vacuum-insulated vessels. So why change […]

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October 22, 2020

How to Meditate Outdoors

sky and trees with fall colors

Imagine that you’re hiking your favorite trail. What color is the sky above you? How does the dirt feel beneath your boots? What do you smell? What do you hear? Chances are, even thinking about that scene makes you feel more relaxed. Spending time outdoors has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression, boost happiness and spark […]

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October 22, 2020

Gear I Hold Dear: My MSR Hubba Hubba Tent

MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 Tent

When I was 22, anything was possible. I was just learning who I was. I liked work that made my body strong. I liked sharing intimate moments that let me believe we’d be friends forever. I liked having my own space. I liked sleeping outdoors. I definitely liked my new MSR Hubba Hubba 2 tent. […]

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