hiking

January 22, 2021

A Climb for Greater Accessibility

Quinn Brett enjoys a reflective mountain panorama at Lawn Lake

n a breezy October day, professional big-wall climber Quinn Brett clipped the climbing rope for protection at the bottom of the Boot Flake, an exposed pitch about halfway up the iconic Nose route on El Capitan in California’s Yosemite National Park. Brett and her climbing partner Josie McKee moved fast and light up the 3,000-foot […]

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January 22, 2021

Hiking Through Illness

The cancer diagnosis felt like the ultimate betrayal. I was a healthy, active, middle-age woman who seldom got sick. In the summer of 2020, I learned I had cancer in my lungs though I’d never smoked a day in my life. Nothing had prepared me for this. I instinctively began thinking through all the things […]

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January 15, 2021

Op-Ed: Why Communities Need One-Time Emergency Park Funding

Two runners wind their way through a community park in Austin

This Op-Ed represents the opinions of The Trust for Public Land. When the pandemic upended the ways that Americans work and play, people turned to parks. As museums, performance halls and gyms closed, green spaces offered their own kind of theater in the dance of light on a stand of pines, their own music in […]

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December 30, 2020

Recreate Responsibly: An Activity-Specific Guide

Two people and dog snowshoeing in wooded area.

Editor’s note: This article was first published on May 29, 2020. It was updated on Dec. 30, 2020 with the latest winter guidelines for responsible recreation. With winter in full swing, many continue to venture outside to ski, snowshoe, hike or play in the snow—and find solace in nature during the current pandemic. But spending […]

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December 29, 2020

A New Way to Experience the Adirondacks

Adirondacks in New York

Ask any visitor to the Adirondack Park in New York what they like best about it, and you’ll likely get an answer along the lines of “the peace and quiet.” At 6 million acres, it’s easy to find vast areas of rocky peaks, networks of ponds and rivers and more than 2,000 miles of trails […]

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December 19, 2020

How to Take Your Workout Outdoors

 Editor’s note: Please consult the CDC or your state health department for information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. When spending time outdoors, please recreate responsibly. Now that winter is here, you might be tempted to hunker down and limit your workouts to inside and online, if that. But you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you […]

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December 9, 2020

The Best Outdoorsy Gifts for Gadget Lovers

best outdoorsy gifts for gadget lovers

Shopping for a tech lover is tough. They tend to already have what they think they need and, if they don’t, said item can blow your bottom line fast. That’s why we’ve pulled together this list of outdoorsy gadgets, which start at just $25. They also span activities, so you’ll be sure to please the […]

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December 8, 2020

Gear I Hold Dear: My Swiss Army Knife

t was one of two going-away presents my stepfather gave me as I was packing up a 1967 Opel Kadett station wagon before my migration from the East of my youth to the West of my future: a Swiss Army knife, Tinker model. (The other gift was a copy of the tome On the Loose, […]

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December 1, 2020

How to Find Solitude in the Great Smoky Mountains

Hikers on a bridge in the Smokies

Editor’s note: Please consult the CDC or your state health department for information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. When spending time outdoors, please recreate responsibly. Some locations within Great Smoky Mountains National Park may be temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Check with the NPS for current conditions. For the 76th year in a row, Great Smoky Mountains National […]

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