Outdoor Adventures

April 11, 2019

Pedaling 2,000 Miles Through the American Southwest With Type 1 Diabetes

Annalisa van den Bergh had pedaled for nearly two weeks and 400 miles to arrive in Rosedale, Virginia, a town of 930 people near the Blue Ridge Mountains. She and her cycling partner, Erik Douds, were on the TransAmerica Trail, a 4,223-mile route mapped in 1976 that spans the U.S. from Oregon to Virginia. And […]

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April 10, 2019

The Best Camping Lanterns of 2019

A woman carrying a camp lantern on the beach right after sunset

Camping lanterns have been used to light up the night for centuries. Originally made to enclose a candle flame, lanterns have evolved to be powered by gas, batteries, USB ports and solar panels. Whether you are looking to illuminate a dark campsite near your car or deep in the backcountry, lanterns offer a reliable light […]

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April 5, 2019

Comparing the Arc’teryx Beta and Zeta Jackets

My first hike after moving to the Pacific Northwest took me on a 7-mile haul to one of the best views of Seattle, if the day is clear. Unfortunately for me, it rained the entire time, and my three-year-old rain jacket that I previously considered “good enough” just didn’t hold up. By the time I […]

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April 4, 2019

Mountain Biking Visionary Jacquie Phelan Reflects on 30 Years of Never Taking The Sport Too Seriously

For someone known across the bike world as the “godmother of women’s mountain biking,” Jacquie Phelan lives a life noticeably absent of material luxury. She dumpster dives for her food and she lives in a minimalist abode that she calls “Offhand Manor,” near the foot of Mount Tam in Marin County, California.  “I think the […]

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March 29, 2019

10 Best Hikes in Oregon

Crater Lake and the surrounding landscape lie below the summit of Mount Scott.

With waterfalls, dense forests, rocky coastlines, rare plants and animals, dormant volcanoes, snow and ice capped peaks and stunning mountain landscapes, it is easy to fall in love with everything Oregon has to offer. From short day hikes suitable for the whole family to rugged and strenuous treks to its highest summits, Oregon is a […]

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March 26, 2019

Beyond the Grind

Six miles from the start line in the sleepy, eastern Cascades outpost of Sisters, the Oregon Trail racecourse veers off the asphalt of the McKenzie Highway onto the knotty, rutted, occasionally sandy Santiam Wagon Road and, for the remainder of the event’s 350 miles, largely doesn’t return to pavement. Promising five days of pedaling on […]

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March 22, 2019

Atlanta’s First Urban Mountain Bike Trail System

It’s impossible to miss Atlanta’s lush tree canopy. Aptly nicknamed the “City in a Forest,” more than 50 species of trees grow in the metro area, covering almost half of Atlanta in an urban tree canopy. Some of those trees are hundreds of years old. A surprising number of old-growth oak stands still exist in […]

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March 15, 2019

These Trail-to-Town Boots Will Take You (Almost) Anywhere

Choosing hiking boots, first and foremost, should be about comfort—but what about practicality? If you’re a do-it-all-in-a-day adventurer, you might be looking for a unicorn of a boot that’s equally at home on concrete and dirt. Luckily, boots like these have entered the gear market. While there are still plenty of options for utilitarian hiking […]

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March 15, 2019

8: The Heart of the Matter

Matt is the editor-in-chief of Climbing Magazine, a published author, a husband, a …