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April 12, 2019

Living to Ride: One Woman Bike Tech’s “wild and wonderful” career in cycling

J Higgins’ career in bikes began accidentally when she was 16 years old. “I walked into a bike shop looking for a part and realized that I knew more about it than the guy helping me,” she said. “They had an opening and hired me on the spot.” But the job had unspoken boundaries that […]

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April 12, 2019

Living to Ride: One Woman Bike Tech’s “wild and wonderful” career in cycling

J Higgins’ career in bikes began accidentally when she was 16 years old. “I walked into a bike shop looking for a part and realized that I knew more about it than the guy helping me,” she said. “They had an opening and hired me on the spot.” But the job had unspoken boundaries that […]

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April 11, 2019

Pedaling 2,000 Miles Through the American Southwest With Type 1 Diabetes

Annalisa van den Bergh had pedaled for nearly two weeks and 400 miles to arrive in Rosedale, Virginia, a town of 930 people near the Blue Ridge Mountains. She and her cycling partner, Erik Douds, were on the TransAmerica Trail, a 4,223-mile route mapped in 1976 that spans the U.S. from Oregon to Virginia. And […]

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April 10, 2019

The Best Camping Lanterns of 2019

A woman carrying a camp lantern on the beach right after sunset

Camping lanterns have been used to light up the night for centuries. Originally made to enclose a candle flame, lanterns have evolved to be powered by gas, batteries, USB ports and solar panels. Whether you are looking to illuminate a dark campsite near your car or deep in the backcountry, lanterns offer a reliable light […]

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April 5, 2019

Comparing the Arc’teryx Beta and Zeta Jackets

My first hike after moving to the Pacific Northwest took me on a 7-mile haul to one of the best views of Seattle, if the day is clear. Unfortunately for me, it rained the entire time, and my three-year-old rain jacket that I previously considered “good enough” just didn’t hold up. By the time I […]

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April 5, 2019

How to Measure How Much Fuel is Left in a Canister

Person holds scale with a fuel canister dangling in front of a peaceful river.

Stoves that run on canisters are very popular, and for good reasons. They’re lightweight, easy to ignite and quick to boil water. But you may have noticed that it’s not easy to keep track of how much fuel is left in a partially used canister. In this article we’ll discuss two ways you can figure out how […]

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April 4, 2019

Mountain Biking Visionary Jacquie Phelan Reflects on 30 Years of Never Taking The Sport Too Seriously

For someone known across the bike world as the “godmother of women’s mountain biking,” Jacquie Phelan lives a life noticeably absent of material luxury. She dumpster dives for her food and she lives in a minimalist abode that she calls “Offhand Manor,” near the foot of Mount Tam in Marin County, California.  “I think the […]

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April 3, 2019

Backpacking Recipe: Hummus Bowl

Backpacking Lunch - Hummus

Serious thru-hikers know lunch on the trail isn’t exactly a full blown meal. More like a momentary pause to eat something before moving on. In many ways, it’s similar to stopping your car for gas: the primary goal is to refuel. So the last thing you want to do is pull out your entire kitchen […]

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April 1, 2019

Camping Recipes: Chicken Tzatziki Skewers

camping recipes

These Greek-inspired chicken skewers with Tzatziki sauce are the perfect way to kick off the start of grilling season. Whether you’re grilling in the backyard or cooking over a campfire, one the easiest (and most satisfying) meals you can prepare are skewers. For this recipe, we marinated chicken thighs in olive oil, lemon juice, and […]

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