When Will Robinson returned home to southeast Louisiana after serving four years in the U.S. Army, he came back broken. “Mentally, I was not the same person that I was before I left,” he said. Robinson enlisted at the age of 22, and his time in the Army included one deployment in Iraq in 2003. […]
As millions of Americans prepare to #OptOutside on Black Friday, a new analysis reveals the top 50 large U.S. cities to #OptOutside based on their park access and proximity to public lands. The Urban Outdoor Access Analysis—conducted by the Trust for Public Land and supported by REI—placed equal weight on the per-capita acreage of public […]
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Jenny Kallista, the 45-year-old founder of the Appalachian Bicycle Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, cranked out her first pedal strokes at 4 years old. She mastered how to change a flat at age 8 under her dad’s direction at home in Illinois. Then, as a teenager, she asked a bike shop for an apprenticeship. Her […]
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If you dream of hiking through Italian hillsides, vineyards, olive groves and citrus orchards with epic seascape views, the Cinque Terre is the destination for you. Cinque Terre, which translates to “five lands,” is a district in northern Italy made up of five fishing villages scattered along the rugged Ligurian coast, all of which are […]
As the #OptOutside movement continues to grow, it’s a fitting moment to recognize the outdoor places that make our adventures possible. Although the 610-million-acre federal public lands system has no limit to the way it tests our grit, this unique arrangement requires constant champions to boost policies that keep the system accessible, safe and well maintained. The […]
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Despite its small size, Connecticut offers both local and visiting hikers a variety of trail systems to explore. The parks and forests scattered throughout the state have hundreds of miles of trail, and you can enjoy everything from easily accessible and well-kept suburban strolls to more rugged and technical backcountry hikes through secluded woods […]
Few parks capture the public imagination—or represent the quintessential American West—as much as Grand Teton National Park. Home to soaring pinnacles, abundant wildlife and superlative outdoor activities, the Tetons welcome millions of visitors each year from across the globe. “There’s so much for everyone to enjoy; it’s a really special place,” says Heather Gyselman, the […]
CHRIS “SHRIMPER” KHARE Independent Contractor Brevard, North Carolina Chris “Shrimper” Khare is used to working with roots and dirt and rocks and water, first as a landscaper and now as a trail builder. The independent contractor has been at the helm of more than 60 miles of newly built trail near his western North […]
Camping in the fall and winter in Colorado offers a unique experience. The changing aspens, cool nights, potential for fresh snowfall and abundant outdoor daytime activities ranging from hiking and mountain biking to skiing and snowshoeing, make this a great time of year to get out and explore. During the fall, you will enjoy beautiful […]