April 27, 2018

What Does It Take to Set a Fastest Known Time?

Jennifer Pharr Davis became the first woman to set a Fastest Known Time (FKT) on a more than 2,000-mile-long trail when, in 2011, she bested the men’s record for the approximately 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail, adding to her list of FKTs. Pharr Davis reflects on speed in her new book, The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the […]

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April 26, 2018

5 Hikes That Offer Solitude in Iconic Destinations

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

National parks are wildly popular: In 2017, people traveled outside with nearly 331 million visits to national parks, monuments, and historic and cultural sites maintained by the National Park Service.  This isn’t a revelation to any hiker who’s spent enough time outdoors to get a sunburn in recent years. Head to the nation’s most popular national […]

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April 24, 2018

Everything You Need for Your First Backpacking Trip

Backpacking for the first time can feel daunting. What tent should you get? How many pairs of socks should you bring? Which water filter is the best for the job? We have quite a bit of backpacking experience, and thought we should tell you what we’ve learned the hard way. We know that gearing up […]

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April 20, 2018

Best Idaho Hikes Near Breweries

Perrine Bridge, Twin Falls, ID

On the hunt for the best Idaho hikes near breweries? Home to more than 50 craft breweries, the Gem State is a treasure trove of high-caliber craft beer. And where the beer flows, the trails beckon. Peer out over lakes Pend Oreille and Coeur d'Alene. Wind your way beneath evergreens on the Stack Rock Trail […]

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April 19, 2018

Backpacking Recipe: Dehydrated Risotto with Spring Vegetables

backpacking meal

Risotto is one of our favorite comfort meals. It’s rich, creamy, and adaptable to any season. While we can have it any time of the year, spring is when we crave it most. It’s still kind of chilly out, so we want something that’s going to be filling and hearty. But at the same time, […]

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April 16, 2018

The Best Rain Jackets of 2018

It’s hard to live a life outside without encountering rain. That’s why a good rain jacket (or two) is an important part of every outdoorsperson’s closet. To pick the right jacket you’ll want to make sure it is seam sealed with a waterproof and breathable fabric,and a quality hood. But the rest is up to […]

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April 13, 2018

What Does Moisture-Wicking Mean?

woman zipping up a base layer

It’s pretty much impossible to shop for outdoor clothing without running into the phrase “moisture wicking.” Brands are forever telling you their apparel is made of this moisture-wicking stuff, so it must be important. But what exactly do they mean? A moisture-wicking fabric has two jobs: one is quickly moving (wicking) sweat to the fabric’s […]

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April 10, 2018

10 of the Best Hikes Near Atlanta

Sweetwater Creek at Sweetwater Creek State Park

With history, scenery and generally pleasant conditions for hiking year round, Atlanta is packed with plenty of options for everyone from beginners and families to experienced hikers. The many miles of easily accessible trails make the area ideal for both short day trips and all-day outings at one of the many state or local parks […]

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April 6, 2018

How to Pick the Most Breathable Fabrics

runners on a trail

If you’re looking for the most breathable fabric, you’re probably trying to keep your cool in the heat. But there’s more to staying cool than having breathable fabric. If you’re going to be even a little bit active, then you’re really on a quest to find the coolest fabric. We’ll start the discussion with the […]

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