December 9, 2020

Are Bike Messengers Gearing Up For a New Chapter?

bike messengers biking through traffic

  evin Bolger knows New York City better than most. Since 1992, Bolger—call him ‘Squid’—has jockeyed the asphalt as a bicycle messenger. That’s nearly 30 years of riding—usually for five hours a day, six days per week—delivering parcels through snowstorms and heatwaves, weaving between gridlocked lanes of honking traffic, dodging delivery trucks and potholes and […]

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December 9, 2020

The Best Outdoorsy Gifts for Gadget Lovers

best outdoorsy gifts for gadget lovers

Shopping for a tech lover is tough. They tend to already have what they think they need and, if they don’t, said item can blow your bottom line fast. That’s why we’ve pulled together this list of outdoorsy gadgets, which start at just $25. They also span activities, so you’ll be sure to please the […]

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December 8, 2020

Gear I Hold Dear: My Swiss Army Knife

t was one of two going-away presents my stepfather gave me as I was packing up a 1967 Opel Kadett station wagon before my migration from the East of my youth to the West of my future: a Swiss Army knife, Tinker model. (The other gift was a copy of the tome On the Loose, […]

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December 1, 2020

How to Find Solitude in the Great Smoky Mountains

Hikers on a bridge in the Smokies

Editor’s note: Please consult the CDC or your state health department for information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. When spending time outdoors, please recreate responsibly. Some locations within Great Smoky Mountains National Park may be temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Check with the NPS for current conditions. For the 76th year in a row, Great Smoky Mountains National […]

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November 13, 2020

Good Gear: Green Guru Breathes a Second Life Into Old Gear

Green Guru Upcycled Sleep Pad Travel Kit

If one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, then Davidson Lewis is a gold miner. He and his team at Colorado-based company Green Guru sift through the outdoor industry’s waste stream—which is more like a raging river—hunting for durable, high-quality materials that can be upcycled into everything from hard-wearing wallets to flashy, one-of-a-kind bike panniers. […]

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November 11, 2020

Yes, There Are Still Bison in America. Here’s Where to See Them.

First light on frosty bison near Soda Butte Creek

For millennia, tens of millions of bison, also called buffalo, roamed the North American continent, critical to the Great Plains ecosystem and to the cultural and spiritual lives of Native Americans. But not long after white settlers arrived, bison hunters overexploited the bison population for meat, hides and other products. By the end of the […]

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November 7, 2020

The Best Holiday Gifts for Outdoorsy Dogs (and Their Humans)

Ruffwear Grip Trex Dog Booties - Pair

Editor’s note: This year’s a bit different—shop early to avoid lines in-store and get your gifts delivered with plenty of time to spare. Shopping in-store? There might be a line. Join the waitlist from anywhere to save time.  You have good gear, why shouldn’t your best friend? Upgrade your four-legged adventure buddy’s kit this year […]

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November 6, 2020

The Best Holiday Gifts for Hikers and Campers

best gifts for hikers

Editor’s note: This year’s a bit different—shop early to avoid lines in-store and get your gifts delivered with plenty of time to spare. Shopping in-store? There might be a line. Join the waitlist from anywhere to save time.  Shopping for the sort of person who prefers an inflatable pad and stars to a memory-foam mattress […]

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October 30, 2020

Yosemite Wilderness and Half Dome Permits Guide

Yosemite National Park

Editor’s note: Please consult the CDC or your state health department for information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. When spending time outdoors, please recreate responsibly. By now, we all know: Our national parks are popular. The year 2019 was the fifth consecutive year that National Park Service-operated lands topped 300 million annual visits. Yosemite National Park is no […]

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