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May 17, 2018

10 Top Mountain Bike Trails Near Asheville

DuPont State Forest

Want to get out on the best mountain bike trails near Asheville? Whether you enjoy grin-inducing descents, smooth rollers, technical drops, punchy climbs or bermed flow trails, the Asheville area has a trail system for every type of rider. Tucked away in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, downtown Asheville is within an […]

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May 16, 2018

Full-Suspension vs. Hardtail Mountain Bikes

Mountain biking on a sunlit trail

If you’re shopping for a new mountain bike, you’ll inevitably face a big choice: full-suspension or hardtail? A full-suspension mountain bike features both a suspension fork up front and a rear shock, whereas a hardtail bike has only a suspension fork. The type of suspension a mountain bike has will affect the bike’s control, traction […]

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May 14, 2018

9 Ways You’re Camping Wrong Without Even Realizing It

Two people camping

After figuring out how to set camp up in under 20 minutes, cook things in the backcountry that actually taste good and manage avoiding blisters while hucking a large pack around, we all feel like backpacking experts. However, there are a few things that can evade even the most skilled backpackers. Check this list and […]

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May 7, 2018

Dust, Sun and Singletrack

Beezley Hills Preserve

Far from overcast Seattle, east of the Columbia River, sits the community of Ephrata, Washington. And just outside the small town, twenty miles of singletrack at Beezley Hills Preserve beckon, making Ephrata an unexpected mountain biking destination in eastern Washington. The land was once used as pastureland for grazing horses by rancher Frank Beezley, the […]

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May 1, 2018

How Much Does It Cost to Hike the Pacific Crest Trail?

Woman on the Pacific Crest Trail

For many backpackers, the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) looms majestically before them, at the apex of their life list. If you’re contemplating this adventure, then you already know that some serious planning is in order. One of the most important—and often overlooked—aspects of getting ready for a PCT thru-hike is the decidedly unglamorous task […]

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April 30, 2018

10 Top Hikes Near Asheville

Great Smoky Mountains

Scenic vistas, stunning waterfalls, dramatic peaks, rolling hills and spring wildflowers are a few of the highlights visitors can expect when hiking near Asheville. From easy-going hikes along streams to awe-inspiring summits to challenging backpacking adventures, Asheville has something for everyone. A wide variety of day hikes and backpacking trips can be found in the […]

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April 30, 2018

10 Top Hikes Near Asheville

Great Smoky Mountains

Scenic vistas, stunning waterfalls, dramatic peaks, rolling hills and spring wildflowers are a few of the highlights visitors can expect when hiking near Asheville. From easy-going hikes along streams to awe-inspiring summits to challenging backpacking adventures, Asheville has something for everyone. A wide variety of day hikes and backpacking trips can be found in the […]

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April 27, 2018

What Does It Take to Set a Fastest Known Time?

Jennifer Pharr Davis became the first woman to set a Fastest Known Time (FKT) on a more than 2,000-mile-long trail when, in 2011, she bested the men’s record for the approximately 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail, adding to her list of FKTs. Pharr Davis reflects on speed in her new book, The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the […]

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April 26, 2018

5 Hikes That Offer Solitude in Iconic Destinations

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

National parks are wildly popular: In 2017, people traveled outside with nearly 331 million visits to national parks, monuments, and historic and cultural sites maintained by the National Park Service.  This isn’t a revelation to any hiker who’s spent enough time outdoors to get a sunburn in recent years. Head to the nation’s most popular national […]

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