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August 28, 2018

The Lady Shred Spirit is Alive and Growing in Wydaho

Devin Dwyer’s path to women’s advocacy started with a tough day in the snow. In 2011 she showed up to a level II avalanche class in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains as the lone woman in a room of men. On the first day of ski touring, her guide and group left her behind. After that Dwyer […]

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August 23, 2018

The Best Mountain Bike Rides Near Chicago

To the unfamiliar, the sprawling metropolis of Chicago may not seem like a hub of outdoor recreation; however, there are numerous riding opportunities if you know where to look. Whether you want to take the kids on a family outing, improve your skills, enjoy some flow or escape for the weekend, the trail systems around […]

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August 23, 2018

2018’s Best Sleeping Pads for Camping

Exped MegaMat Duo 10 Sleeping Pad

If you’ve been sleeping uncomfortably on an air mattress or a foam pad during your car-camping excursions, this guide is for you. There’s a better world out there, one filled with insulated, warm, comfortable sleeping pads that will lull you to sleep. You’ll wake up warm and comfortable with no back kinks or trampoline-style bouncing involved. […]

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August 22, 2018

2018’s Best Sleeping Bags for Camping

Campers in a tent

The convenience of car camping offers major sleep system improvements over backpacking: The size and weight of your gear simply don’t matter as much, so you can choose fluffier, heavier, longer and more comfortable sleeping bag options. For this guide, we searched for car camping sleeping bags that provided the most comfort possible in a […]

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August 21, 2018

First Look: REI Co-op Rainier Rain Jacket

When the rain hits, you want gear that keeps you dry, but not at the cost of breaking the bank. Enter the REI Co-op Rainier rain jacket. It’s waterproof, breathable and wind-resistant—and costs $89. “[The REI] founders’ original intent was to provide people with affordable gear,” said Scott Mosher, senior product art director for REI […]

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August 21, 2018

Thirty Years of Trails and Counting

Mountain bikers on a trail

There’s a new trail in a spot I like to ride that winds up switchbacks through tall Jeffrey pines to a lookout. It replaces a steep, eroded elevator shaft that was a nemesis to all mountain bikers and hikers. Now, on the new trail, the dirt is fresh and smooth. The berms are perfectly elevated […]

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August 21, 2018

Gear Review: Trango Phase Alpine Draws

“Your draws are looking a little fuzzy.” said every person I’ve ever climbed …
August 21, 2018

The Best Camping Tents of 2018

People camping in the Grand Hut Tent

Car campers have one distinct benefit over backpackers: a vehicle. Car-camping gear can be larger and heavier than backpacking gear because you won’t be carrying it for miles on end, so we recommend taking advantage of the extra space and buying a tent that gives you room to breathe. A 2-person tent is great for […]

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August 20, 2018

Too Old for Long-Distance Walking?

Maybe you backpacked in your 20s, ran road races in your 30s and 40s and climbed Kilimanjaro in your 50s. Suddenly you’re 65 and wondering, “What next?” Or maybe you did none of these but wish you had. I’ve met countless pilgrims, hikers and explorers well into their 70s out taking a walk that just […]

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