November 16, 2017

The Nature Fix: Creating New Rituals, Outside

Kids on a chairlift at a ski resort

The season of holiday rituals is upon us: a turkey or tofurky on the table, the post-prandial nap, the exchange of gifts, the lighting of candles, the baking of garish cookies. And with these come some inevitable, attendant pains in the neck. The ones that irk me: clogged freeways, weather delays at airports, moments of […]

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November 15, 2017

Fastest Known Mom

Record-setting long-distance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis slows down to help bring families outdoors—including her own. Most parents can recount at least a few dirty diaper fiascos. However, it’s a rare breed that can cop to handling a poop-filled nightmare during the darkest hours of a brisk September night in Alaska’s Denali National Park. Jennifer Pharr […]

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November 4, 2017

Building Community Through Group Hiking

Unlikely Hikers Group Hike

Jenny Bruso, founder of an online community of self-proclaimed unlikely hikers, shares what she’s learned from hiking with others and offers advice for organizing your own group hike. Exploring the outdoors with a group, witnessing their reactions to the same things you’re seeing and engaging in teamwork paints a broader picture of what nature has […]

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October 26, 2017

Conrad Anker’s Guide to Footcare

Because happy feet are more likely to summit If Conrad Anker could be any animal, he’d be a mountain goat. “I’ve seen them climb 5.8 for sure,” he tells me over the phone, relaxing after an early fall hike in mountains near his Bozeman, Montana home. “Their hooves are just incredible.” As it turns out, […]

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October 26, 2017

Behind the Scenes of The North Face’s Summit Series Evolution

The North Face's most technical line of kit gets a refresh For more than a decade, The North Face has designed its Summit Series, featuring apparel, packs, and tents, to be the technical pinnacle of the brand. But like alpine climbers seeking to pare their kit to the essentials, the iconic outdoor gear maker has streamlined […]

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October 26, 2017

A Hiker’s Guide to Machu Picchu

Everything you need to know about where to go, when to visit and what to bring to this historic site Along the train tracks next to the Urubamba River, a steady stream of poncho-clad backpackers walked toward Machu Picchu. The rain clouds lifted enough to get a glimpse of the famous Inca citadel and UNESCO […]

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October 25, 2017

The Nature Fix: Free Your Mind and Go Outdoors

hiker looking at a waterfall

I recently gave an author talk in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, about the mental health benefits of walking in nature. I shared some of the latest research about how time outdoors helps boost our moods and reduces symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. At the end of the talk, a woman raised her hand […]

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October 25, 2017

A Century of Denali National Park

In honor of its 100th birthday, Kristen Pope, who worked there for three summers, breaks down the history and rugged wilderness of this 6-million-acre park. When Jo Wood drove the Denali Park Road for the first time 27 years ago, she saw Denali—the highest mountain in North America—and was mesmerized. The 20,310-foot Alaskan peak is […]

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October 25, 2017

Hiking Boots vs. Trail Runners: The Great Debate

Hiking Boots

How to decide when you really need a pair of big, bad boots  Newbie hikers or those looking to replace an older pair of hiking boots often ask the question these days: Do I have to buy a pair of burly boots to hike in the woods or go backpacking? Of course not. After all, […]

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