The mercury has dropped precipitously, the days are painfully short and the trails are buried beneath a thick blanket of snow. But that’s no excuse to hibernate indoors and let your bike skills wither away while pining for warmer weather and dusty trails. With spring and the mountain biking season just around the corner, winter […]
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A hearty soup with crunchy tortilla toppings, this dehydrated tortilla soup is a great vegan option for backpacking. Loaded with lots of different layers of flavors, this recipe will really put your dehydrator to work. We start off by dehydrating black beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, a small onion, roasted corn, jalapenos, and fresh cilantro. You can’t […]
For seven years, Hans Bulthuis and Jenny Andersson hoarded wool. They packed the shiny grey ringlets in every corner and crevice of their barn, located on Gotland off Sweden’s east coast. The island’s wool was considered waste, and the couple simply suspected the fibers deserved a better fate than the incinerator. In 2017, someone appeared […]
After years of work, sweat and trail testing, Colorado finally struck gold in the mountain-biking world. The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) announced the designation of Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley as a Gold-Level Ride Center™ on Wednesday, making the valley only the seventh region in the world (and the fifth in the U.S.) to earn […]
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France's varied and beautiful terrain makes it hard to pick only a handful of hikes to highlight. From the sun-soaked French Riviera and the rugged French Alps to the rolling hills and meadows of the central provinces and the sheer, white-chalk cliffs of Normandy, the opportunity for exploration is practically endless. Add the country's history, […]
One summer in the 1960s, Ellen Stekert planned a backpacking trip with a friend. Then an English professor in her 30s working in Detroit, she had little backcountry experience, but she sought to hike the entire 40 miles of the Greenstone Ridge, which traverses Michigan’s Isle Royale from end to end. And she needed gear. […]
Athens County in Southeastern Ohio could very well become Appalachia’s next mountain biking hub. At the heart of that potential lies the Baileys Mountain Bike Trail System, a proposed 88-mile network of singletrack that will weave through 9,000 acres of the Wayne National Forest. Few public roads bisect the Baileys tract, so for trail builders, […]
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’ve been prostrate on the ground now for more than an hour. Outside my nylon fortress, the rain is relentless, coming down cold and steady, pelting my bivy. Inside, it’s cozy and comfortable, and I’m warm in my sleeping bag. But, with only enough room to lie flat and the top of my shelter no […]