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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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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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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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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Recipe: Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry Submitted by: Brandon Hometown: Thornton, CO What do you love about this recipe? Fast recipe, uses little fuel, easy prep if you dice veggies prior to leaving for camp, includes meat that is already seasoned and cooked, no need for cooler storage if made on your first night of camping. […]
A version of this story appeared in the fall 2019 issue of Uncommon Path. Look to the night skies outside your house or apartment and maybe you’ll see the faint outlines of the Big Dipper beyond the street lights, or the glimmering North Star past a row of headlights on the nearest highway. Head into the […]