hiking

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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July 10, 2019

How to Diaper on the Trail Like a Pro

A mom putting a diaper on a smiling toddler wearing a purple fleece

When I first started hiking with my infant son, I quickly learned that the farther we went, the more poop became a problem. Digging a cat hole or finding an outhouse is one thing, but when you’re hiking with a kid in diapers, it’s another story. Trust me when I say there are a million ways […]

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July 8, 2019

The Trust for Public Land: How to Solve the Problem of Park Access

People on a hike in Austin, Texas

This Op-Ed represents the opinions of The Trust for Public Land. Walk around any American city and it’s easy to see: Not all neighborhoods are created equal. Some have vibrant, inviting playgrounds, lush green parks and trails, bustling business districts and plenty of welcoming public spaces to host a farmer’s market, fair or community gathering. […]

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July 5, 2019

Tidy Up Your Gear Storage

Use a rod to hang jackets, packs and other gear.

I’m just your average hiker/backpacker/dabbling cyclist/SUP enthusiast/occasional car camper. Sound familiar? If you’ve caught the multisport bug like I have, then you probably have enough gear to not only tackle any activity, but to outfit your friends, too. You also probably have a gear closet, garage, shed or storage area that could benefit from some […]

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July 2, 2019

In Search of the Perfect Sports Bra

A variety of sports bras.

I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail with one sports bra. Yes, one. For six months. Am I crazy? Probably. But that’s beside the point, which is that I searched for the perfect bra for months, and when I found it, it was all I needed. Of course, I didn’t realize finding it was going to be […]

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