If you were a bird soaring above Chicagoland, your eagle eyes might spot a thick, green band: the perimeter where metro fades to country. This is the “Outerbelt,” hikeable pathways that encircle the city. For years, a connected thru-trail lived only in the imaginations of outdoor enthusiasts who dreamed of being able to walk to […]
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Some of the best hiking companions have four legs. Dogs and backpacking can go together like peas and carrots—assuming you take some steps to assure both you and your furry friend are prepared for the backcountry. Before your pup sets paw on a trail, ask yourself if they’re really a good candidate for spending a […]
We toured the floor at Summer Outdoor Retailer—the biggest trade show in the outdoor industry, which just wrapped up in Denver—to check out what some of the leading trail sports brands have in store for next season. For weekend warriors to FKT-record-holders-in-training, these six innovative pieces of gear are sure to keep you fast and […]
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Nowadays, whether you’re in town or on a trail, most people are walking around with a smartphone in their pocket. These powerful and compact devices come in handy in a number of ways in the wild, from letting you check your location on a topo map to identifying stars in the night sky. And, of […]
Adventurers need to stay hydrated to get the most out of their outdoor sports, and that means always carrying the right water bottle for the job. Owning a few water bottles with activity-specific benefits—but which are all easily washable, leak resistant and durable—will encourage you to drink adequately around the clock. To help you drink […]
We’re pretty obsessed with gear—and have been for the past 80 years. And if you’re here, that means you’re also probably pretty obsessed. We are constantly choosing, testing, reviewing and re-choosing gear, and a lot of it has to do with what resonates well with you, our customers. So we’re bringing you the top purchased […]
A couple of years ago my 3-year-old son and I had one of those especially difficult days getting on trail. We were visiting Arches National Park and the challenge started in the parking lot of Delicate Arch. I wanted to carry Mason in a soft-structured carrier, but he just wasn’t having it. He insisted on […]
A common ingredient in your favorite energy drink grows wild in the mountains of North Carolina, and it’s worth so much, you have to win a lottery in order to harvest it legally. Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests have opened their annual lottery for permits to harvest wild American ginseng. People use ginseng for a […]
My friend Aaron and I spent parts of two days tromping in and around Denali National Park in early May. The mountains were spectacular, the moose were enormous and the snowy owl that flew across my line of vision was a delightful surprise. Even the ptarmigan that sat on the side of the road looking […]