May 8, 2019

Sandboarding: The Strangest Sport You Definitely Need to Try

A lone sandboarder stands on a dune in southern Utah.

Have you ever spotted a person zipping down a sand dune with a large board strapped to their feet? It looks like snowboarding or surfing, you might think to yourself, but there is no snow or water. What are they doing? If you guessed sandboarding, you are correct. Sandboarding historians say the origins of sandboarding […]

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May 8, 2019

From Sea to Shining Sea, Route Announced for the Great American Rail-Trail

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy released today the official route for its previously announced Great American Rail-Trail—a sprawling, multiuse trail that traces the path of converted, disused railways to connect Washington D.C. to Washington state. The 3,700-mile route (updated from a previous iteration that was 3,600 miles long) is completely separated from major roadways and includes iconic existing trails, […]

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May 2, 2019

Camp Recipe: Moroccan Spice-Rubbed Chicken

Moroccan Chicken Recipe Complete

Building one layer on top of another, this Moroccan spiced chicken is a perfect example of how you can get big flavor from just a single pan. The featured spice blend in this dish is ras el hanout. It’s a combination of cinnamon, cumin, coriander, ginger, cardamon, pepper, paprika, and turmeric. Buying all these spices […]

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May 2, 2019

Eating Right on the Trail

Person holds cup of coffee in the foreground. In the background there are snacks on the ground.

I spent more than a week on the Appalachian Trail in 2015, trekking through Georgia before hopping off near Franklin, North Carolina. It was April and in the throes of thru-hiking season, which meant I shared the trail with dozens of others. At night, we chatted around campfires about where we came from, why we […]

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May 2, 2019

Where Can I Ride My Electric Mountain Bike?

In September 2017, Paxton Rogers left his home in Bentonville, Arkansas, for a bike industry trade show in Las Vegas. There, on the red rock trails beyond the casinos, he tried an electric mountain bike for the first time. “It’s a completely different ride—still fun, still active. It’s not a motorcycle,” he said. “The trail […]

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April 29, 2019

Mikah Meyer: Why I Visted All 419 National Park Sites in the United States

Tall Trees Grove of Redwood National Park

“Who’s gonna stay with George?” My fellow rafters and I asked each other, knowing full well one member of our group couldn’t complete the strenuous side canyon hike—and we didn’t want him pooping in the boat in our absence. It’s not a question most expeditions grapple with, yet it was our reality after a Canada […]

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April 27, 2019

The Best Mother’s Day Gifts for Outdoor Lovers

Moms on a hike together with baby carrier backpacks

We know every mom is different, and we also know that a woman’s love of outdoor adventure isn’t dependent upon whether or not she has kids. That’s why we spent extra time this year gathering up a list of our favorite Mother’s Day gifts for women in every life stage. Whether she’s rejiggering her hiking […]

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April 27, 2019

Best Hikes Near Boulder

A hiker treks along a narrow trail in the alpine.

Boulder, Colorado, is often considered one of the top outdoor recreation hubs of the Front Range. With easy access to city life, restaurants, hiking, biking and the high mountains, visitors flock to the area. There are roughly 155 miles of hiking trails in the Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks system alone, which covers a […]

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April 26, 2019

Cook County’s Best Kept Secret

One of the largest—and oldest—forest preserve systems in the nation surrounds Chicago like an evergreen wreath.   Hundreds of miles of foot and bike paths are nestled inside the Forest Preserves of Cook County, along with lakes and streams for fishing and boating, meandering disc golf courses, bird sanctuaries, landing strips for model airplanes, horse […]

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