hiking

August 20, 2019

Our Favorite Beach Camping Spots in California

A sign points toward a campground on Santa Catalina Island.

The Golden State is blessed with 840 miles of coastline dotted with ocean-side campsites perfect for nearly every adventure. Here are six of our favorite beach camp spots in CA to get you started. Crystal Cove State Park Orange County Set along 3.2 miles of shoreline between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach, this popular […]

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August 15, 2019

The future of backpacks looks more sustainable

Chances are, you already own plenty of sustainably made clothing and electronics built with rechargeable batteries instead of landfill-polluting alkaline—but your backpack probably doesn’t deserve a merit badge for environmentalism. It’s not your fault. Packs have tended to lag behind other gear categories, where the outdoor industry has embraced sustainability and shoppers now routinely find […]

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August 13, 2019

Roll Your Backpacking Gear Into Bikepacking

Bikepacking

Calling all bike-curious backpackers: This one’s for you. With a few small additions and some packing know-how, you can push your backpacking setup into bicycle service. Follow these tips to get started.  Gear and Storage When you hit the trail on foot, you carry your stuff on your back. Not so when you do the […]

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August 9, 2019

The SWEAT Crew is the Toughest Crew on the Appalachian Trail

A trail crew celebrates the end of a hard day's work surrounded by leafy green trees

The country's most well-known footpath, the Appalachian Trail (AT), stretches for 2,190 miles along the ridges and valleys of the Appalachian Mountains, from North Georgia to Maine, attracting between 2 and 3 million backpackers and day hikers each year. The majority of the trail is maintained by volunteers and seasonal crews managed by the Appalachian Trail […]

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July 31, 2019

DIY: How to Skip a Rock

Person skipping a rock

Connecting to nature and finding joy in the outdoors doesn’t have to mean climbing to the top of a remote mountain peak. There are all sorts of things to find—from right outside your door to just across town. Whether you’re spending time with kids outside or looking for an excuse to get some fresh air, […]

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July 31, 2019

DIY: How to Press Flowers

Flowers

Connecting to nature and finding joy in the outdoors doesn’t have to mean climbing to the top of a remote mountain peak. There are all sorts of things to find—from right outside your door to just across town. Whether you’re spending time with kids outside or looking for an excuse to get some fresh air, […]

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July 22, 2019

Poop Happens. What Happens Next?

Person walks toward two outdoor toilets.

Everyone poops. So it follows that if you’re out in the wilderness for longer than a day or two, you’ll probably have to relieve yourself in the outdoors. What happens then? A lot of times people leave their poop in the backcountry in a cathole—a hole you dig, poop in and cover back up. But […]

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July 22, 2019

10 Top Swimming Holes in the Southern Appalachians

A mom and her kids at a swimming hole with a waterfall in the background

The South is known for its hot and muggy summers, but the mountains offer a breezy respite from the rising mercury, especially if you spend your afternoon at a crisp, cold swimming hole. Here are 10 of the best dips in the mountains. Alabama Martha’s Falls, Little River National Preserve, Alabama Location: 111 miles west […]

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July 10, 2019

How to Recover From a Hike

Three friends lay on the ground outside and laugh.

Even if you’re in decent shape, the first few days of a hiking trip or the first few hikes of the season can leave you feeling seriously sore and trail weary. While “recovery” for many might be a stop at the pub and a hot shower, the better approach involves steps you can take before […]

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