August 3, 2018

Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT)

Passing through three national parks and seven national forests, the Pacific Northwest Trail spans 1,200 miles. Designated by Congress in 2009, it’s one of the newest national scenic trails. Distance: 1,200 miles States: Washington, Idaho and Montana Year Established: 2009 Best Times of Year to Visit: Summer and fall Notable Spots Along Trail: Cape Alava, […]

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August 3, 2018

Ice Age Trail

Following the edge of the glacier that covered much of Wisconsin during the Ice Age, this 1,200-mile trail winds from Sturgeon Bay in Door County to St. Croix Falls in Polk County. And today, you’re much more likely to view a moose than a mammoth. Distance: 1,200 miles States: Wisconsin Year Established: 1980 Best Times […]

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August 3, 2018

DIY: Dog Bed

Dogs like to get cozy as much as their human companions (some even more so). This DIY uses an old foam pad and sleeping bag to make a lightweight dog bed so your pup is as comfy as you on your next backpacking adventure. If you don’t have old gear lying around, check out a […]

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August 2, 2018

The Best Clothing for Humidity

Clothing that keeps you cool in humid conditions

Stepping outside into a muggy, sticky, stifling wall of hot and humid weather can be pretty miserable. Unfortunately, there’s no magic fix for that swampy feeling, which means improving your comfort is mostly about finding ways to lessen the unpleasantness by wearing clothes that help keep you cool. Here are four tips for dealing with […]

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August 1, 2018

10 Camping Items to Add to Your Emergency Kit

If you’re preparing an emergency plan, whether for a major earthquake, devastating storm or a relatively minor inconvenience like being snowed in for a day or two, you’re going to have to accept a level of uncertainty: Will the power go out? Will the roads be drivable? Will your phone work? The unknown is enough […]

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August 1, 2018

Rebuilding America’s Trails

Volunteer Working on a trail

On a secluded trail in the Gila National Forest, I could see 10,895-foot Whitewater Baldy shimmer in the distance. The highest peak in southwest New Mexico’s Mogollon Range, it was still capped with snow in early March. The plan was to summit an adjacent mountain for what seemed like a short but rewarding day hike […]

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July 30, 2018

Should Youth Programs Include All Genders? Outdoor Organizations Weigh In.

Gender inclusion in outdoor youth programs has been a topic of discussion among organizations, communities and families for years. The conversation bubbled up again in May when the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced plans to change the name of its Boy Scouts program to Scouts BSA in February 2019, following a decision by the […]

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July 30, 2018

Meet 8 of the 2018 Southbound PCT Thru-Hikers

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a huge endeavor. It’s a physical feat, a wilderness challenge and an unparalleled life experience. Most people, to the tune of 50 hikers starting each day in peak season (April), begin from the Mexican border and hike north. But every year, a few brave souls decide to hike […]

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July 27, 2018

Mini-Episode: I Didn’t Know at the Time

Did you ever do something you loved, but for all of the wrong …