October 22, 2018

Can Hiking Help Heal Veterans with PTSD? Researchers Seek to Find Out

Climbers summiting Mount Rainier

One fall day on Washington’s Mount Rainier, Josh Brandon and a group of fellow active duty platoon leaders discovered something about the outdoors that could improve the lives of veterans. It was September 2009 and the group had decided to make a late-season summit attempt of Washington’s highest peak as part of a team-building exercise. […]

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October 22, 2018

How Ada Hatch Helped Change the Field of Archaeology for Women

A side canyon of Lake Powell.

“They said if we didn’t succeed they would never hire women again.” Ada Hatch’s smile reflects the brilliance of her yellow sundress when she says this. But it’s not a sugary smile; it’s a grin full of spunk and vigor, one that hints at true adventure and wisdom. Now 76 years old, Ada spent the […]

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October 18, 2018

Summiting at 17,000 Feet: My Climb of Kilimanjaro with Outdoor Afro

Day 3 of the expedition revealed a view of Uhuru Peak among the clouds.

We all have dreams, aspirations—a bucket list. Before signing up to climb Kilimanjaro, I had been interested in mountaineering for a few years. Then, at the 2016 Outdoor Afro Leadership Training, I learned that I could apply for the opportunity of a lifetime—the chance to climb Kilimanjaro with Outdoor Afro. Little did I know I […]

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October 17, 2018

2018’s Best Gaiters for Hiking, Snowshoeing & Mountaineering

People at the top of a snowy ridge in gaiters

Gaiters cover the tops of your boots to keep snow, water, dirt, sand and other debris away from your feet. If you’re headed out for a hike or run on dusty trails with loose debris, a pair of low gaiters can make for a more comfortable experience. Conversely, you should buy knee-high gaiters that are […]

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October 12, 2018

New Ruffwear Jackets Get Two Paws Up

I am River. I have many important jobs. I’m the one who keeps the floors spotless, alerts my family if any intruders get too close to our house and makes sure my human gets enough exercise. I was also recently tasked with testing out two new jackets with my friend, Arrow. If I’m honest, the […]

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October 5, 2018

14 Epic Funny Outdoor Fails We Can All Relate To

We’ve all made mistakes in the great outdoors. It’s just part of the journey. Maybe it’s a trip over a rock, packing two left climbing shoes or hitting an icy patch on skis. Whatever it is, we’re big fans of looking back and laughing at our goofier trials and tribulations. That’s why we’ve collected the […]

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October 4, 2018

The Rigorous Testing Behind GORE® Gear

If you’ve been outside in the rain, you’re probably familiar with GORE®, best known for its waterproof, breathable and windproof GORE-TEX® fabrics. Many consider GORE the gold standard—not least for their Guaranteed to Keep You Dry® promise. You might not know it, but to keep that claim, they test each and every piece of gear […]

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October 2, 2018

Headwaters State Forest Is Open to Hikers

A waterfall in Headwaters State Forest

In September, the state Forest Service cut the ribbon on Headwaters State Forest, opening to the public a 6,730-acre tract of mountains and streams along the North Carolina-South Carolina border. The land had been owned by former congressman Charles Taylor, and local and national land conservancies worked for nearly a decade to bring the forest […]

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September 28, 2018

How to Peep the Fall Foliage in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

The Tahquamenon River with fall color in Tahquamenon Falls State Park near Newberry Michigan.

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is truly a wild place, where wolves, moose and elk roam free in dense forests of aspen, maple and pine. Known by locals as the U.P., the region is bordered by three Great Lakes, and is perhaps best known for its harsh winters. In the fall, however, the forests of the Upper […]

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