Oregon’s natural beauty ranges from the rugged Oregon Coast, to the pastoral Willamette Valley, to the thrilling Cascade peaks and a high, arid desert. So it only makes sense that Oregon’s winters enjoy the same kind of variety: Wind and rain dominate the coastline, the Cascades’ pillowy peaks remain snow-covered well into spring, and lowlands […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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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 […]
After decades of reporting on the connection between family, community and nature, one might expect Richard Louv to be a pessimist. After all, the news of the day about humans and nature isn’t always the cheeriest. But the famed author and journalist radiated optimism during a late-October interview in Seattle, just before taking off on […]
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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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. […]