August 31, 2018

Here’s How the Popular Itusi Trail is Getting an Overhaul

Tarheel Trailblazers

One of North Carolina’s most iconic mountain bike trails is getting a face-lift. The Itusi Trail, in Lake Norman State Park outside of Charlotte, was one of the first mountain bike-specific trails built in North Carolina’s state park system. In 2003, the Tarheel Trailblazers built Hawk Loop, a 3-mile loop on the shore of Lake […]

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August 31, 2018

How to Explore Bryce Canyon National Park

Hikers take in the view in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Named after one of the area’s early Mormon settlers, Bryce Canyon National Park sits among an all-star cast of five stunning national parks in southwest Utah. Fewer than three hours from the Grand Canyon and about two hours from Zion, Bryce tends to be bypassed by visitors who are drawn to its larger, more accessible […]

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August 30, 2018

Bikepackers Chase Adventure First, Glory Last

On September 14, a dozen mountain bikers will assemble before dawn at Waterfront Park in Northville, New York, a village of 1,000 people in the Adirondack Mountain foothills. Michael Intrabartola, a carpenter who lives in the High Peaks region 90 miles north, will check in with each rider as they secure soft-sided bags to their […]

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August 30, 2018

One Writer’s Quest to Introduce Kids to Our National Parks

Man looking at Denali with a copy of a book in hand

Kate Siber remembers clearly the magic of her first national park visit: She was 10. And the cliffs of Grand Canyon National Park and the Havasupai Tribe’s adjacent land made a huge impact. “Coming from an urban upbringing, I was completely blown away by the cliffs, the red hue of the rock, the crazy waterfalls […]

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August 29, 2018

Karel Sabbe Sets New Fastest Known Time on the Appalachian Trail

Karel Sabbe embraces the northern terminus of the AT.

With Mount Katahdin enveloped in a midday cloud on Aug. 28, Belgian ultrarunner Karel Sabbe summited Baxter Peak to claim the overall Fastest Known Time, or FKT, on the Appalachian Trail. He ticked off all 2,190 miles of the AT in 41 days, 7 hours and 39 minutes, eclipsing by more than four days the […]

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August 28, 2018

The Lady Shred Spirit is Alive and Growing in Wydaho

Devin Dwyer’s path to women’s advocacy started with a tough day in the snow. In 2011 she showed up to a level II avalanche class in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains as the lone woman in a room of men. On the first day of ski touring, her guide and group left her behind. After that Dwyer […]

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August 23, 2018

The Best Mountain Bike Rides Near Chicago

To the unfamiliar, the sprawling metropolis of Chicago may not seem like a hub of outdoor recreation; however, there are numerous riding opportunities if you know where to look. Whether you want to take the kids on a family outing, improve your skills, enjoy some flow or escape for the weekend, the trail systems around […]

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August 23, 2018

2018’s Best Sleeping Pads for Camping

Exped MegaMat Duo 10 Sleeping Pad

If you’ve been sleeping uncomfortably on an air mattress or a foam pad during your car-camping excursions, this guide is for you. There’s a better world out there, one filled with insulated, warm, comfortable sleeping pads that will lull you to sleep. You’ll wake up warm and comfortable with no back kinks or trampoline-style bouncing involved. […]

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August 22, 2018

2018’s Best Sleeping Bags for Camping

Campers in a tent

The convenience of car camping offers major sleep system improvements over backpacking: The size and weight of your gear simply don’t matter as much, so you can choose fluffier, heavier, longer and more comfortable sleeping bag options. For this guide, we searched for car camping sleeping bags that provided the most comfort possible in a […]

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