January 8, 2021

Refuge Outdoor Festival: Where BIPOCs Can See Themselves in a Life Outdoors

Refuge Outdoor Festival participants

rowing up in Louisiana, once dubbed “the sportsman’s paradise,” you’d think I’d have at least some bit of familiarity with outdoor life. That hasn’t been the case. It’s not entirely my fault, though: The outdoors was represented to me as a place catering only to the needs of hunters and fishermen. Despite growing up in […]

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December 30, 2020

Recreate Responsibly: An Activity-Specific Guide

Two people and dog snowshoeing in wooded area.

Editor’s note: This article was first published on May 29, 2020. It was updated on Dec. 30, 2020 with the latest winter guidelines for responsible recreation. With winter in full swing, many continue to venture outside to ski, snowshoe, hike or play in the snow—and find solace in nature during the current pandemic. But spending […]

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December 29, 2020

A New Way to Experience the Adirondacks

Adirondacks in New York

Ask any visitor to the Adirondack Park in New York what they like best about it, and you’ll likely get an answer along the lines of “the peace and quiet.” At 6 million acres, it’s easy to find vast areas of rocky peaks, networks of ponds and rivers and more than 2,000 miles of trails […]

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December 1, 2020

How to Find Solitude in the Great Smoky Mountains

Hikers on a bridge in the Smokies

Editor’s note: Please consult the CDC or your state health department for information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. When spending time outdoors, please recreate responsibly. Some locations within Great Smoky Mountains National Park may be temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Check with the NPS for current conditions. For the 76th year in a row, Great Smoky Mountains National […]

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November 13, 2020

Good Gear: Green Guru Breathes a Second Life Into Old Gear

Green Guru Upcycled Sleep Pad Travel Kit

If one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, then Davidson Lewis is a gold miner. He and his team at Colorado-based company Green Guru sift through the outdoor industry’s waste stream—which is more like a raging river—hunting for durable, high-quality materials that can be upcycled into everything from hard-wearing wallets to flashy, one-of-a-kind bike panniers. […]

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November 11, 2020

Yes, There Are Still Bison in America. Here’s Where to See Them.

First light on frosty bison near Soda Butte Creek

For millennia, tens of millions of bison, also called buffalo, roamed the North American continent, critical to the Great Plains ecosystem and to the cultural and spiritual lives of Native Americans. But not long after white settlers arrived, bison hunters overexploited the bison population for meat, hides and other products. By the end of the […]

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November 7, 2020

The Best Holiday Gifts for Outdoorsy Dogs (and Their Humans)

Ruffwear Grip Trex Dog Booties - Pair

Editor’s note: This year’s a bit different—shop early to avoid lines in-store and get your gifts delivered with plenty of time to spare. Shopping in-store? There might be a line. Join the waitlist from anywhere to save time.  You have good gear, why shouldn’t your best friend? Upgrade your four-legged adventure buddy’s kit this year […]

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November 6, 2020

The Best Holiday Gifts for Hikers and Campers

best gifts for hikers

Editor’s note: This year’s a bit different—shop early to avoid lines in-store and get your gifts delivered with plenty of time to spare. Shopping in-store? There might be a line. Join the waitlist from anywhere to save time.  Shopping for the sort of person who prefers an inflatable pad and stars to a memory-foam mattress […]

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October 30, 2020

Yosemite Wilderness and Half Dome Permits Guide

Yosemite National Park

Editor’s note: Please consult the CDC or your state health department for information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. When spending time outdoors, please recreate responsibly. By now, we all know: Our national parks are popular. The year 2019 was the fifth consecutive year that National Park Service-operated lands topped 300 million annual visits. Yosemite National Park is no […]

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