hen I tell my friends that I’m bringing a cot on our backpacking trip, they laugh with delight. None of them have ever heard of a backcountry cot before, and as I struggle to find a place for the unusually large bundle in my overnight pack, teasing ensues. The story of how I got to […]
I’ve experienced it over and over again, and I bet you have too: When I’m going through something stressful, I find that one of the only things that really makes me feel better is getting outside. After I lost my job during a round of layoffs last year, I spent the following weeks trail running […]
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Steep switchbacks flanked by tall evergreens slowed the progress of Gillian Larson, age 22, and her mother, Jodi Johnson, age 53, hiking the High Sierra Trail in the summer of 2013. As they plodded along, Larson's mom distracted her with the story of Heather "Anish" Anderson, who had just completed a thru-hike of the Pacific […]
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When the sun sets at 5pm, that leaves plenty of time to hatch crazy ideas. Take, for example, the sport of fat biking. Who would have thought that riding oversized, seemingly underinflated tires over snow and ice would be possible—never mind fun? If you live someplace where trails freeze over and enough snow falls to […]
Anyone venturing out on a hike, however long or short, must consider sustenance at some point—and there’s nothing like a good sandwich to help maintain energy levels. Foods that fall in the category of “hiking fuel” can be underwhelming: tasteless sandwiches and dry trail mixes washed down with so much water. Since flavor is often […]
For the first time since 2015, the biggest event in mountain bike racing is coming back to the United States. Next month, some 10,000 people will converge on Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia to witness the final round of the prestigious 10-part Mercedes-Benz Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Mountain Bike World Cup series. The event […]
Anna, Colin, Elena and Kelsi recently headed out on a 150-mile bikepacking adventure from Cumberland, MD to Pittsburgh, PA following the historic Great Allegheny Passage Trail. This unforgettable adventure was one of many they've embarked on, as the Trailheads crew. They reflect on their recent experience bikepacking and other memories made while on Trailheads adventures. Watch all […]
Four friends head out on a 150-mile bikepacking adventure from Cumberland, MD to Pittsburgh, PA following the historic Great Allegheny Passage trail. Starting from mile marker 0 in downtown Cumberland, Kelsi, Colin, Anna and Elena bike their way across the Mason Dixon line, over the Eastern Continental Divide, pass through historic Civil War battlegrounds, cross […]
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Since its inception in 2017, the Colorado Classic, a Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)-sanctioned four-stage pro road bicycle race, has tried to empower women. Year one, the organizers opted to have legacy riders replace podium hostesses at the end of each stage. “We wanted to be less patronizing and more celebratory,” says Lucy Diaz, COO of […]
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