September 3, 2021

The Perfect Kit for Leaf-Peeping

A woman strolls through the woods in fall when the leaves are turning bright orange

Autumn, with its crisp mornings and sunshine-on-your-shoulder afternoons, brings a special kind of magic—particularly when the maples, dogwoods and aspens burst into hues of yellow, orange and red. Ready to go leaf-peeping? Gather up this collection of cozy apparel and essential accoutrements and head out for a long hike or Sunday drive. After all, ’tis […]

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August 17, 2021

Gear I Hold Dear: My REI Co-op Fleece

REI Co-op Trailsmith fleece

When I pull the olive-colored fleece over my head, I am transported back. The intense nostalgia wraps me up into a tight hug, and I feel safe. Of course, the tightness I’m feeling might be because my REI fleece—a constant companion over more than a decade—may be a size too small. I think it’s a […]

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June 24, 2021

First Look: Testing the New OXO Outdoor Cooking Gear

OXO Outdoor Campgrounds French Press

Some people hate when their cult discovery goes mainstream—like when Supreme clothing went big-league or when indie rapper Saweetie signed to Warner Records—but not me. When OXO announced that it was rolling out a line of kitchenware designed especially for camping, I gave myself a smug pat on the back for having been an early […]

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June 22, 2021

Gear I Hold Dear: The Svea 123 Camping Stove

Svea 123 Camping Stove

“Flame on!” Even after 42 years, I can still hear the words bellowed by my fellow Appalachian Trail thru-hiker as I moved a match toward my Svea 123 stove. Then, a near-tectonic whoosh, and the pleasant woodland noises that served as a serene soundtrack at camp would be auditorily obliterated until my meal was cooked. […]

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June 11, 2021

The Perfect Kit for Camp Cooking

camp cooking

Ever since Earthlings discovered the transformational power of an open flame on basic foodstuffs, we’ve been gathering to enjoy the bounty of the planet. The diversity of our ecosystems and peoples has given rise to a rich tapestry of cuisines and tastes—and all are welcome at our camping table. True: An active day outdoors can […]

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April 28, 2021

The Perfect Kit for Overlanding

Overlanding

Overlanding is all about self-reliance. Take what you know about car camping, add a bit of off-roading know-how, and boom: overlanding. Why is it worth it? Well, by loading your car or truck with everything you need to survive comfortably out of your vehicle, you open yourself up to trips beyond the campground. But to […]

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April 8, 2021

Gear I Hold Dear: My E-bike

photo of blue ebike on lawn in front of water.

I fell in love with my e-bike while scrolling through my Twitter feed last summer. Someone shared a photo of the Tern electric bike and I knew I had to have one. With an electric assist and the ability to carry up to 440 pounds of cargo, I started thinking about all the things I […]

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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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