March 20, 2019

Life on the Road, Kids in Tow

Imagine stepping outside to find the perfect sunset, unobstructed by buildings and electrical wires; spending an entire day exploring a forest far from the place you once called home; and forming deep, fast friendships with different people who love adventure as much as you. This is the life being led by many full-time families, the […]

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March 20, 2019

Camping Recipe: One Pot Pesto Pasta with Bacon

Camp Cooking Pesto Pasta

This bright and fresh one pot pasta combines savory bacon, zesty pesto, and crunchy pine nuts. It’s a wonderful way to get into the spirit of springtime! As with all one pot pasta, the key is sequencing. If you order the steps properly, you can use the same pot (or in this case a skillet) […]

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March 15, 2019

These Trail-to-Town Boots Will Take You (Almost) Anywhere

Choosing hiking boots, first and foremost, should be about comfort—but what about practicality? If you’re a do-it-all-in-a-day adventurer, you might be looking for a unicorn of a boot that’s equally at home on concrete and dirt. Luckily, boots like these have entered the gear market. While there are still plenty of options for utilitarian hiking […]

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March 15, 2019

8: The Heart of the Matter

Matt is the editor-in-chief of Climbing Magazine, a published author, a husband, a …
March 15, 2019

Op-Ed: New Mexico’s State Office of Recreation Will Improve Outdoor Access for Kids

Rep. Rubio flanked by Outdoor Equity Fund supporters & community leaders during a shoot we did in front of the Rio Bravo

This Op-Ed represents the opinions of The Wilderness Society. “Mister, what kind of cactus of is that?” Jose, a 13-year-old from Anthony, New Mexico, points to a walking stick cholla, admiring its radiant purple flowers as he calls over a group of friends to admire the long, spiny cactus. Last year, Jose was part of […]

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March 13, 2019

Tired of Your Sport? It Could be Burnout

A person stands before a grey sky over a grey ocean.

A gentle wind rustled evergreen boughs around me, a stream galloped past my now-damp trail runners and my pup threw herself, ecstatic, against downed branches in our way. The world was right, but I wasn’t. I saw it all, but I didn’t feel it. Instead, I had a heavy, deadened feeling in my chest and […]

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March 13, 2019

The Story Behind Indiana’s First National Park

Indiana Dunes National Park

The vast lands of the Midwest host fewer than a dozen national parks. But on February 15, Indiana Dunes officially became the nation’s newest and 61st national park. The designation marks the final chapter of a century-old conservation story that is also the story of Chicago, and a reframing of wild places beyond the traditional […]

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March 11, 2019

Gear Review: Outdoor Research

My Outdoor Research Helium II became an essential part of my climbing day …
March 8, 2019

10 Top Hikes Near San Diego

A wide beach and the ocean.

The temperate climate and varied topography of the greater San Diego area delivers an enjoyable getaway for hikers of all abilities. Whether you are looking for a seaside stroll, a rolling hike on open hillsides, a tough climb to a peak with a view or a route-finding challenge in the desert, the trail systems at […]

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