August 21, 2018

First Look: REI Co-op Rainier Rain Jacket

When the rain hits, you want gear that keeps you dry, but not at the cost of breaking the bank. Enter the REI Co-op Rainier rain jacket. It’s waterproof, breathable and wind-resistant—and costs $89. “[The REI] founders’ original intent was to provide people with affordable gear,” said Scott Mosher, senior product art director for REI […]

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August 21, 2018

Thirty Years of Trails and Counting

Mountain bikers on a trail

There’s a new trail in a spot I like to ride that winds up switchbacks through tall Jeffrey pines to a lookout. It replaces a steep, eroded elevator shaft that was a nemesis to all mountain bikers and hikers. Now, on the new trail, the dirt is fresh and smooth. The berms are perfectly elevated […]

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August 21, 2018

Gear Review: Trango Phase Alpine Draws

“Your draws are looking a little fuzzy.” said every person I’ve ever climbed …
August 21, 2018

The Best Camping Tents of 2018

People camping in the Grand Hut Tent

Car campers have one distinct benefit over backpackers: a vehicle. Car-camping gear can be larger and heavier than backpacking gear because you won’t be carrying it for miles on end, so we recommend taking advantage of the extra space and buying a tent that gives you room to breathe. A 2-person tent is great for […]

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August 20, 2018

Too Old for Long-Distance Walking?

Maybe you backpacked in your 20s, ran road races in your 30s and 40s and climbed Kilimanjaro in your 50s. Suddenly you’re 65 and wondering, “What next?” Or maybe you did none of these but wish you had. I’ve met countless pilgrims, hikers and explorers well into their 70s out taking a walk that just […]

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August 17, 2018

How to Dehydrate Food

A dehydrator with multiple shelves and dehydrated food lining the shelves

As anyone who has been on an overnight backpacking, paddling or cycling trip can tell you, your thoughts eventually turn to food. You start dreaming of the burger or ice cream (or, let’s be honest, both) you’ll have post-trip. But there’s no reason to save the good food for the end. Dehydrating your own food […]

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August 17, 2018

The Best Mountain Bike Rides Near Atlanta

With the diverse terrain and well-developed trail systems, the region around Atlanta, Georgia has some unexpectedly amazing rides. Whether you’re looking for a mellow day out with the kids or hoping to get in a workout, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for within driving distance of the capital city. With an abundance […]

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August 15, 2018

1: Unbroken

You haven’t heard this story yet. But, maybe you have. Maybe it’s a …
August 14, 2018

The Best Baby Carrier Backpacks of 2018

Consider your family members and their unique needs to select a trail that feels just right.

Since prehistoric times, caregivers have been carrying their progeny around on their backs. Luckily, today’s modern baby carrier backpacks are cushioned, lightweight, roomy and well-ventilated. These plush packs are a far cry from the wooden planks, rough blankets and leather straps of the baby carriers of yore. To help you choose which baby carrier backpack […]

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