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October 16, 2019

How a Bike Park Helped Berkshire East Perfect the Mom-and-Pop Resort

The New England Lost Ski Areas Project is a charmingly antiquated website with lots of information on exactly 604 New England ski hills that have come and gone. Berkshire East, a mountain in western Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley, could have easily been on that list. It was founded in the mid-1950s and featured two rope tows […]

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October 12, 2019

Camp Recipe: Apple Cider Pancakes

Capture the essence of fall with these warm and fluffy apple cider pancakes. With a zip of spiced apple cider and shredded pieces of apple, these pancakes are a fun seasonal twist on a classic breakfast. The flavor of spiced apple cider is undeniably “fall”. One sip and you’re instantly transported to memories of colorful […]

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October 11, 2019

Alexandera Houchin is the People’s Champion of Bikepacking

On September 16, 2017, Alexandera Houchin woke up from a fitful sleep cocooned in a sleeping bag and a blue tarp on the side of the road. Her body felt sluggish, numb from the sub-freezing Idaho air. She fumbled with her watch to check the time: 1:30am It was her 28th birthday. It was also […]

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October 11, 2019

Alexandera Houchin is the People’s Champion of Bikepacking

On September 16, 2017, Alexandera Houchin woke up from a fitful sleep cocooned in a sleeping bag and a blue tarp on the side of the road. Her body felt sluggish, numb from the sub-freezing Idaho air. She fumbled with her watch to check the time: 1:30am It was her 28th birthday. It was also […]

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October 10, 2019

Hiker Trash: A Love Letter to the Appalachian Trail

An illustration of the Appalachian Trail.

It takes just under six months for most backpackers to complete the world’s longest hiking-only footpath, but you can get a glimpse of the highs and lows of a thru-hiker’s journey without leaving home this fall with the new book, Hiker Trash: Notes, Sketches, and Other Detritus from the Appalachian Trail. Author and artist Sarah […]

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October 7, 2019

Campworthy: Vegetarian Pozole

Campworthy hosts and guests eating vegetarian pozole

Recipe: Vegetarian Pozole Submitted by: Jenna Hometown: Virginia, MN Vegetarian Pozole Ingredients Pozole 2 tablespoons high heat oil 1 red bell pepper, medium dice 1 large yellow onion, medium dice 2 large carrot, cut into half-moons 1 medium zucchini or yellow squash, cut into half-moons 4 garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 1/2 […]

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October 4, 2019

The Best Hiking Sandals of 2019

Best Hiking Sandals

There was a time when sandals were reserved for the beach or the public shower. Blessedly, those days are long gone. Outdoor-oriented companies have taken the same core DNA of your standard flip-flops and leveled it up with features like a beefier sole, more secure webbing, greater arch support or some combination of all three. […]

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October 4, 2019

Backpacking Recipe: Pasta Primavera

Backpacking pasta primavera, cooked and in pan

Fresh veggies and hearty pasta come together to make this backpacking-friendly version of Pasta Primavera. Finding the right balance between healthy and filling can be a challenge when planning your backpacking meals. On one hand, you want to prioritize calories. But on the other, you can only go so long without seeing a vegetable before […]

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October 4, 2019

Good Gear: Smartwool’s Intraknit base layers will revolutionize your closet

Smartwool Intraknit

For years, Smartwool designers stared at socks’ innards and saw the potential to revolutionize apparel construction. In a technical sock, cushiony, plush zones transition into meshy, sweat-venting zones without seams for improved comfort. Designers dreamed of bringing that variable construction to base layers—if only there was a machine that could knit complicated pants and shirts. […]

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