October 25, 2017

Packing It Out 2017: Leave It Better

Abby Taylor riding her bike on the Packing It Out 2017 tour

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 […]

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October 25, 2017

A Century of Denali National Park

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 […]

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October 25, 2017

Hiking Boots vs. Trail Runners: The Great Debate

Hiking Boots

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, […]

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October 24, 2017

Athlete or Climber: Do We Downgrade Ourselves?

“Do you consider yourself an athlete?” Aisha Weinhold asked, sitting on the kitchen …
October 20, 2017

Meet the Shredders of the All-Women Sturdy Dirty Enduro Series

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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October 17, 2017

Gear Review: Rickaroons

Gluten-free! Organic! Vegan! And the big one–Paleo-friendly! Snacks with exclamations like these typically …
October 10, 2017

What Happened in Vegas

October 1st, 2017 was a heavy day in the world. I was visiting …
October 4, 2017

Trail Boss: Cleaning Bennett Gap’s Hike-a-Bike

Jeff Lenosky shreds another bucket list trail to pieces—including the "unrideable" bits. In this episode of Trail Boss, an MTB Project video series in which Jeff Lenosky seeks out and cleans unrideable trails, the trials riding legend set his sights on the big mountains of western North Carolina. "It's my favorite place to ride in North America," said […]

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October 3, 2017

The Road to Patagonia

We sat at our campground early one weekend morning. Thacher State Park had …