October 25, 2017

The Nature Fix: Free Your Mind and Go Outdoors

hiker looking at a waterfall

I recently gave an author talk in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, about the mental health benefits of walking in nature. I shared some of the latest research about how time outdoors helps boost our moods and reduces symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. At the end of the talk, a woman raised her hand […]

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October 25, 2017

Packing It Out 2017: Leave It Better

Abby Taylor riding her bike on the Packing It Out 2017 tour

Five months. 4,700 miles. 2,130 pounds of trash. On April 26, 2017, Seth Orme and Abby Taylor set out on a cross-country bike tour to pick up trash. Beginning on Cumberland Island, Georgia, and ending in Seattle, they zigzagged across the U.S., cleaning up scenic areas and inspiring others to “leave it better” as part […]

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October 25, 2017

A Century of Denali National Park

In honor of its 100th birthday, Kristen Pope, who worked there for three summers, breaks down the history and rugged wilderness of this 6-million-acre park. When Jo Wood drove the Denali Park Road for the first time 27 years ago, she saw Denali—the highest mountain in North America—and was mesmerized. The 20,310-foot Alaskan peak is […]

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October 25, 2017

Hiking Boots vs. Trail Runners: The Great Debate

Hiking Boots

How to decide when you really need a pair of big, bad boots  Newbie hikers or those looking to replace an older pair of hiking boots often ask the question these days: Do I have to buy a pair of burly boots to hike in the woods or go backpacking? Of course not. After all, […]

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October 20, 2017

Meet the Shredders of the All-Women Sturdy Dirty Enduro Series

At the final stop of this unique mountain bike race series' inaugural season, riders and organizers reflected on what makes the Sturdy Dirty so special.  I’m hanging out at the top of a gnarly climb, watching dirt-crusted mountain bikes crank up the final hump. As soon as the riders dismount, they stumble like sunbaked zombies […]

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October 4, 2017

Trail Boss: Cleaning Bennett Gap’s Hike-a-Bike

Jeff Lenosky shreds another bucket list trail to pieces—including the "unrideable" bits. In this episode of Trail Boss, an MTB Project video series in which Jeff Lenosky seeks out and cleans unrideable trails, the trials riding legend set his sights on the big mountains of western North Carolina. "It's my favorite place to ride in North America," said […]

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October 3, 2017

Member Portrait: Ralph “TRLBLZRS” Lee

Originally from Queens, New York, Ralph started hiking in Los Angeles at the age of 26 and never stopped. In 2014 he created TRLBLZRS, an LA-based hiking group aimed at getting people from all walks of life outdoors and connecting them to nature. Why is getting outside important? The most important thing to me is […]

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September 27, 2017

DIY: How to Make an Alcohol Stove from Soda Cans

Completed DIY Alcohol Stove

Alcohol stoves have long been a favorite of ultralight backpackers. Using aluminum cans for the stove and alcohol for fuel, they’re cheap to make, easy to operate and weigh less than 2 ounces. This step-by-step guide explains how to make a penny alcohol stove, which uses the copper coin to create pressure for more efficient […]

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