camping

January 15, 2020

Winter Camping Advice: We Learned the Hard Way

A group of trekkers wander through a white winter landscape.

Snow-covered landscapes, early nights and crisp mornings, a stillness impossible to describe—if you haven’t tried winter camping, you probably should. Without the swarms of mosquitoes and crowds of campers, you can experience all of the majesty of the outdoors minus the usual hassles. But we won’t lie—if you don’t know what you’re doing, the experience […]

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December 30, 2019

Our Favorite Places for Warm-Weather Camping This Winter

Winter camping doesn’t have to mean cold nights, thick sleeping bags and snow-covered tents. It can just as easily involve T-shirts, sunscreen and, most importantly, warm weather. All you have to do is head south. From the Florida Keys to the American Southwest, here are some of our favorite campsites for a little fun in […]

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December 6, 2019

Good Gear: Buy a Flannel, Help Save the Ocean

United By Blue

On a muddy shore, five volunteers dig for tires. A dozen comb the beach for old water bottles and railroad ties. Several cut tree branches entangling vehicle carcasses. A person operating a skid-steer loads a barge with torched pieces of a boat’s steam tank, while another hauls decrepit trash from an amusement park that burned […]

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November 5, 2019

Uncommon Challenge: Cook With a Candle

Uncommon Challenge: Cook With a Candle

was in downtown Palisade, Colorado, a tiny hamlet in the high desert outside Grand Junction, when I wandered into a rummage store. Filled with antiques, sports memorabilia and other nostalgic items like the sort of wooden snowshoes and cross-country skis someone might proudly display above the hearth in their vacation home, the small shop transported […]

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October 10, 2019

Hiker Trash: A Love Letter to the Appalachian Trail

An illustration of the Appalachian Trail.

It takes just under six months for most backpackers to complete the world’s longest hiking-only footpath, but you can get a glimpse of the highs and lows of a thru-hiker’s journey without leaving home this fall with the new book, Hiker Trash: Notes, Sketches, and Other Detritus from the Appalachian Trail. Author and artist Sarah […]

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September 27, 2019

Your Best Outdoorsy Dad Jokes

Two people laugh while playing cards.

Dad jokes have become so commonplace that the term has even earned an entry in the dictionary: “a wholesome joke of the type said to be told by fathers with a punchline that is often an obvious or predictable pun or play on words and usually judged to be endearingly corny or unfunny.” We were […]

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September 17, 2019

Uncommon Challenge: Go Backpacking Out Your Front Door

Urban Backpacking

July 28, 2019, mile 8.92: I am inside my tent’s vestibule in the front yard of my ex-roommate’s single-story, beige house in the semi-industrial part of Seattle called Georgetown. The thin tent fly separates me from the morning chill, though it does little to drown out the sound of cars flying up the on-ramp to […]

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September 9, 2019

Why These Five Outdoor Lovers Embraced Remote Work

A woman working on a laptop beside her tent at dusk

Cassie Abel, age 36, had a decision to make. She was working at her dream job in Sun Valley, Idaho, when her company announced they were relocating their headquarters to Portland, Oregon. If she wanted to keep her job, she’d have to move. Abel’s choice felt fraught. She loved Sun Valley’s community feel and proximity […]

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September 6, 2019

Elk Are Thriving Again in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Elk grazing in a verdant field

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is among the most biodiverse landscapes managed by the National Park Service, with more than 19,000 documented species living within the park. But for almost two centuries, one of the park’s key mammals, the eastern elk, was missing from the mountains and valleys that flank the North Carolina-Tennessee state line. […]

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