hiking

October 16, 2019

Trail Mix: Adventure Pup

Hiking with a dog

You have good gear—why shouldn’t your doggo? Whether you’re in the market for a new leash or your fluffer’s first pack, find the perfect addition to Fido’s kit among these nine staff picks.  Wolfgang Man & Beast LokiWolf Collar Looking to upgrade your pooch’s necklace? Made in partnership with Loki the Wolfdog (of Instagram fame), […]

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October 16, 2019

CorePower Yoga x REI: Yoga for Your Hike

CorePower x REI yoga videos, yoga for hiking

Yoga is a great way to bring mindful movement to your outdoor pursuits. We partnered with our friends at CorePower Yoga to learn more about integrating yoga into a hike—before, during and after. Learn more about getting your first week of CorePower Yoga for free here. Before Your Hike Hydrate the day before and day […]

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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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October 4, 2019

The Best Hiking Sandals of 2019

Best Hiking Sandals

There was a time when sandals were reserved for the beach or the public shower. Blessedly, those days are long gone. Outdoor-oriented companies have taken the same core DNA of your standard flip-flops and leveled it up with features like a beefier sole, more secure webbing, greater arch support or some combination of all three. […]

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October 4, 2019

Good Gear: Smartwool’s Intraknit base layers will revolutionize your closet

Smartwool Intraknit

For years, Smartwool designers stared at socks’ innards and saw the potential to revolutionize apparel construction. In a technical sock, cushiony, plush zones transition into meshy, sweat-venting zones without seams for improved comfort. Designers dreamed of bringing that variable construction to base layers—if only there was a machine that could knit complicated pants and shirts. […]

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October 1, 2019

Best Places to See Stars

A version of this story appeared in the fall 2019 issue of Uncommon Path.  Look to the night skies outside your house or apartment and maybe you’ll see the faint outlines of the Big Dipper beyond the street lights, or the glimmering North Star past a row of headlights on the nearest highway. Head into the […]

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September 27, 2019

Best Hiking Near Birmingham

A wide trail heads into the trees.

Welcome to the Magic City. Tucked in the Appalachian foothills, Alabama’s largest metropolis earned it's nickname after it seemingly appeared overnight in the 1870s when mining companies and iron foundries sought the ore deposits in its low mountain ridges. Today, those mines are gone, leaving behind a historic downtown, important cultural sites, vibrant culinary scene […]

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September 23, 2019

Best Hikes in Joshua Tree National Park

The sun sets behind a classic park landscape highlighting the iconic Joshua Trees.

Nestled deep within two distinct deserts in southern California, Joshua Tree National Park is within easy reach of Los Angeles, San Diego and even Las Vegas, making it a convenient spot for weekend adventures. However, with numerous campgrounds, ranger programs and recreational activities like hiking and rock climbing, the park deserves much more than a […]

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September 20, 2019

Tourism Organizations Reckon With Wildfire

Smoke over Oregon's Rogue River

Stretching from the northern edge of Crater Lake National Park to the Pacific Ocean, the 215-mile Rogue River serves as the lifeblood of the southern Oregon tourist economy, reliant on whitewater rafters, hikers and anglers each summer. Brad Niva purchased Rogue Wilderness Adventures in 2006 and grew the company's presence in that tourist economy, offering […]

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