May 9, 2019

These Are the Most Bikeable Cities in the United States

A woman biking in the middle of traffic.

If you like to ride bikes, then you may be interested to hear how your community compares in terms of bikeability with others across the nation. The People for Bikes 2019 list of the most bikeable cities in the United States published this week. This year’s ratings reflect more engagement with cities across the country, which resulted in […]

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May 8, 2019

Sandboarding: The Strangest Sport You Definitely Need to Try

A lone sandboarder stands on a dune in southern Utah.

Have you ever spotted a person zipping down a sand dune with a large board strapped to their feet? It looks like snowboarding or surfing, you might think to yourself, but there is no snow or water. What are they doing? If you guessed sandboarding, you are correct. Sandboarding historians say the origins of sandboarding […]

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May 8, 2019

From Sea to Shining Sea, Route Announced for the Great American Rail-Trail

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy released today the official route for its previously announced Great American Rail-Trail—a sprawling, multiuse trail that traces the path of converted, disused railways to connect Washington D.C. to Washington state. The 3,700-mile route (updated from a previous iteration that was 3,600 miles long) is completely separated from major roadways and includes iconic existing trails, […]

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May 2, 2019

Eating Right on the Trail

Person holds cup of coffee in the foreground. In the background there are snacks on the ground.

I spent more than a week on the Appalachian Trail in 2015, trekking through Georgia before hopping off near Franklin, North Carolina. It was April and in the throes of thru-hiking season, which meant I shared the trail with dozens of others. At night, we chatted around campfires about where we came from, why we […]

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May 2, 2019

Where Can I Ride My Electric Mountain Bike?

In September 2017, Paxton Rogers left his home in Bentonville, Arkansas, for a bike industry trade show in Las Vegas. There, on the red rock trails beyond the casinos, he tried an electric mountain bike for the first time. “It’s a completely different ride—still fun, still active. It’s not a motorcycle,” he said. “The trail […]

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April 27, 2019

Best Hikes Near Boulder

A hiker treks along a narrow trail in the alpine.

Boulder, Colorado, is often considered one of the top outdoor recreation hubs of the Front Range. With easy access to city life, restaurants, hiking, biking and the high mountains, visitors flock to the area. There are roughly 155 miles of hiking trails in the Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks system alone, which covers a […]

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April 22, 2019

Four Things to Get Excited About for Mountain Bike Season

Late evening light, dusty berms, warm temperatures and cold post-ride beverages. These are a few of our favorite things, and they’re all about to be back in our lives. A long winter’s hibernation is mercifully coming to an end, so it’s time to get excited about the return of mountain bike season.  Dialed Bike Setups […]

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April 18, 2019

The South Beyond 6,000 is the Southeast’s Toughest Hiking Challenge

Hikers traverse a high-alpine field under stormy skies

Rebecca Trittipoe remembers crawling on her belly under a dense slope of rhododendron and thorns, desperately trying to move a few feet closer to the top of the mountain. The sun wasn’t up yet, and her GPS wasn’t working so she wasn’t sure exactly where she and her two running partners were, but she knew […]

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April 18, 2019

The Best Trekking Poles and Hiking Staff for Every Type of Adventure

Two women hiking on a sunny trail in the late afternoon along the coast

Trekking poles are useful for walking, hiking, backpacking, thru-hiking, trail running and snowshoeing. Up scree slopes, through creek crossings, over mud and uneven terrain, they keep you upright as you maneuver difficult sections of the trail by providing support and stability, while also reducing impact on your knees and joints. They’re even handy for splitboarding […]

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