March 29, 2021

The Perfect Kit for the Perfect Picnic

Barebones Enamelware

Celebrate warmer temps by throwing an epic picnic. Our favorite outdoor-cooking gear is portable, easy to use and high-performing, so you don’t need to sacrifice a good meal when you head out the door. Set up in your yard, at a local park or at a campground. We’ve selected our favorite gadgets for the occasion—plus […]

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March 26, 2021

Gear I Hold Dear: My Camping Pillow

my camping pillow

I always thought that camping was supposed to be uncomfortable. Everything from abandoning four walls and a mattress to rubbing your heels raw from big miles in big boots to sticking to the plan even when the skies open requires some amount of resilience. I believed that part of the glory of backpacking is in […]

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March 9, 2021

Gear I Hold Dear: The Pocket Burrito

pocket burrito

Don’t choke on your granola bar. This is serious. I know the internet is filled with controversial opinions, and I don’t mean to add to the noise, but when it comes to gear that is literally held, there is nothing dearer than a burrito. Simply extricate it from your pocket (or the top lid or […]

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March 3, 2021

Good Gear: Nalgene Sustain

Nalgene water bottles made with Tritan Renew

We have a plastic problem: we’re practically swimming in the stuff. Most Americans realize that our issue with plastic waste is an environmental crisis affecting virtually every marine and freshwater ecosystem out there. And yet, we keep churning out single-use plastic at an incomprehensible speed. According to the data, we could have more plastic by […]

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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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