outdoor sports

January 23, 2020

Uncommon Challenge: Sleep (Well) In a Bivy Sack

Uncommon Challenge: Sleep in a Bivy

’ve been prostrate on the ground now for more than an hour. Outside my nylon fortress, the rain is relentless, coming down cold and steady, pelting my bivy. Inside, it’s cozy and comfortable, and I’m warm in my sleeping bag. But, with only enough room to lie flat and the top of my shelter no […]

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January 16, 2020

How to Plan A Trip to Kilimanjaro

There’s no way around it—hiking Kilimanjaro is tough. Sure, it’s a non-technical summit, meaning you don’t need any technical mountaineering experience or special equipment to top out, and you’ll have porters to carry some of your gear and a guide to lead the way (more on this later), but you'll need to be prepared for […]

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January 10, 2020

How to Get Through the Thru-Hiking Off-Season

A woman raises her hiking poles triumphantly above her head

When you’re thru-hiking, your days are consumed by simple tasks.  “All you have to concern yourself with is: What am I going to eat today? Or where should I pitch my tent? Where is my water? And you walk,” says Michelle “SuperClassy” Markel, 47, an experienced thru-hiker who’s tackled the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), Appalachian […]

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January 9, 2020

How to Hike the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim

If it’s true desert wilderness you seek, then you can’t do better than the Grand Canyon, the crown jewel of the national parks system. Carved by water and chiseled by time, the mile-deep gash has enough mind-melting scenery to fill even the largest of memory cards. Twenty-mile views? Check. Soaring pinnacles? Check. Red rock buttes […]

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January 3, 2020

The Best Winter Boots of 2020

Best Winter Boots

Leave hibernation to the bears. These seven boots are proof that you don’t need to shiver or sacrifice sure footing in order to enjoy winter. Our favorite cold-weather kicks boast incredible warmth for the weight, sticky-as-glue traction and user-friendly price tags, so you’re sure to wear them all season long. Oboz Bridger 9” Insulated BDry […]

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January 3, 2020

The Best Winter Boots of 2020

Best Winter Boots

Leave hibernation to the bears. These seven boots are proof that you don’t need to shiver or sacrifice sure footing in order to enjoy winter. Our favorite cold-weather kicks boast incredible warmth for the weight, sticky-as-glue traction and user-friendly price tags, so you’re sure to wear them all season long. Oboz Bridger 9” Insulated BDry […]

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January 1, 2020

How to Get Trails Built In Three “Easy” Steps

A person stands on a rock overlooking Lake Tahoe near a mountain bike trail

Chris McNamara has ideas—big ones. A professional climber and writer based in South Lake Tahoe, California, he also has experience acting on them. Like in 1999, when he needed more beta on big wall climbs, he founded the forum SuperTopo and proceeded to write 10 guidebooks on the subject. The idea he’s working on now […]

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January 1, 2020

How to Get Trails Built In Three “Easy” Steps

A person stands on a rock overlooking Lake Tahoe near a mountain bike trail

Chris McNamara has ideas—big ones. A professional climber and writer based in South Lake Tahoe, California, he also has experience acting on them. Like in 1999, when he needed more beta on big wall climbs, he founded the forum SuperTopo and proceeded to write 10 guidebooks on the subject. The idea he’s working on now […]

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January 1, 2020

15: A Winter in Pakistan

When you go on a climbing trip, everybody thinks it’s a vacation. And …