September 6, 2019

This Backcountry Hut Has a Story to Tell

ast winter, on a ski tour in the backcountry outside of Whistler, British Columbia, Julie Brenninkmeyer crested a hill and spotted the Kees and Claire Hut for the first time. The cabin—which opens to the public on September 7—is located at the base of the jagged Fissile Peak on the edge of the glacially formed […]

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September 6, 2019

Elk Are Thriving Again in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Elk grazing in a verdant field

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is among the most biodiverse landscapes managed by the National Park Service, with more than 19,000 documented species living within the park. But for almost two centuries, one of the park’s key mammals, the eastern elk, was missing from the mountains and valleys that flank the North Carolina-Tennessee state line. […]

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September 4, 2019

Uncommon Challenge: Take a Cot Instead of a Pad

Take a Cot Backpacking

hen I tell my friends that I’m bringing a cot on our backpacking trip, they laugh with delight. None of them have ever heard of a backcountry cot before, and as I struggle to find a place for the unusually large bundle in my overnight pack, teasing ensues. The story of how I got to […]

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September 4, 2019

Campworthy: Fire Roasted Eggplant

Recipe: Fire Roasted Eggplant Submitted by: Scott Hometown: Seattle, WA What do you love about this recipe? I love this recipe because (1) It uses eggplant, which isn’t a super popular vegetable, but when prepared this way it is sooo good! And (2) it really classes up the campground! I like to make this for a pre-dinner app when group […]

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September 4, 2019

Campworthy: Fire Roasted Eggplant

Recipe: Fire Roasted Eggplant Submitted by: Scott Hometown: Seattle, WA What do you love about this recipe? I love this recipe because (1) It uses eggplant, which isn’t a super popular vegetable, but when prepared this way it is sooo good! And (2) it really classes up the campground! I like to make this for a pre-dinner app when group […]

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September 3, 2019

Camp Recipe: One-Skillet Salmon & Veggies

Plated soy-glazed salmon and bok choy

Sweet and savory soy-glazed salmon served with a mix of bok choy and mushrooms. Your campmates won’t believe it was a one-skillet meal! This meal feels fancy but is actually easy to pull off. Better still, it only requires a single skillet to make. So if you’re looking to really impress your campmates on your […]

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September 1, 2019

DIY: How to Play Bug Bingo

A woman peers through the forest with a smile on her face

Connecting to nature and finding joy in the outdoors don’t have to mean climbing to the top of a remote mountain peak. There are all sorts of things to find—from right outside your door to just across town. Whether you’re spending time with kids outside or looking for an excuse to get some fresh air, […]

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September 1, 2019

11: A Woman Knows Her Place

Women are a lot of things. We’re complex, we’re coffee-fueled, we smell good—sometimes …
August 30, 2019

Are Green Spaces in Cities as Good for Us as Green Spaces in Mountains?

The Golden Gate Bridge in the mist

I’ve experienced it over and over again, and I bet you have too: When I’m going through something stressful, I find that one of the only things that really makes me feel better is getting outside. After I lost my job during a round of layoffs last year, I spent the following weeks trail running […]

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