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December 19, 2018

How to Travel and Explore Vietnam

Sunset salt harvest.

Jagged limestone karsts (natural towers created by erosion), small villages with tiered rice paddies, more than 2,000 miles of coastline, nearby pristine islands, and cultural sites that date back more than 1,500 years—Vietnam has so much to offer, and with three international airports, getting there has never been easier. “I would move to Hoi An […]

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December 17, 2018

2018 and 2019’s Best Waterproof Pants for Hiking and Biking

A woman and a man hiking on a trail in rain gear

Rain pants are one of those purchases you won’t need until you really, really do. When it starts pouring rain and the temperatures drop, you’ll be glad to have a pair of waterproof, breathable pants stashed in your pack. For this guide, we looked for comfortable, waterproof rain pants offered in a variety of sizes. […]

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December 17, 2018

2018 and 2019’s Best Waterproof Pants for Hiking and Biking

A woman and a man hiking on a trail in rain gear

Rain pants are one of those purchases you won’t need until you really, really do. When it starts pouring rain and the temperatures drop, you’ll be glad to have a pair of waterproof, breathable pants stashed in your pack. For this guide, we looked for comfortable, waterproof rain pants offered in a variety of sizes. […]

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December 17, 2018

On Little White Oak Mountain, A Would-Be Neighborhood is Now a Public Park

The Polk County Recreation Complex with Little White Oak Mountain in the background

A mountain once slated for development is now being turned into a public park. The town of Columbus, North Carolina, originally approved the construction of 687 homes on a 1,068-acre parcel on the south side of Little White Oak Mountain, 40 miles southeast of Asheville, near Lake Lure. The development stalled after the economic slump […]

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December 14, 2018

Meet the First Openly Gay Woman to Complete the Seven Summits

On June 23, 2018 Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, age 43, stood on the summit of Denali, the highest mountain in North America. She was the first openly gay woman to complete the Seven Summits, a challenge to climb the highest mountain on each continent. Her first words atop the peak, captured via video, were “Nature doesn’t discriminate. […]

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December 13, 2018

6 Tips for Being on Trail in the Dark This Winter

It’s happening. Winter is coming, which brings along with it shorter daylight hours. For those of us who love to get on trail year-round, no matter the temperature, this will mean being on trail in the dark.   A few years ago I was attempting to hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in less than […]

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December 12, 2018

Missing Link in the Mountains-to-Sea Trail Completed

Beautiful mountains of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the morning light

A key eight-mile section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) was recently completed, offering backpackers a 350-mile-long trail experience in and near North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is the Tarheel State’s longest trail, spanning 1,175 miles from the state’s mountainous western border to the Atlantic Ocean. The trail boasts some of […]

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December 10, 2018

Pattie Gonia, Backpacking Queen, Releases Her First Full-Length Video

Have you heard of the world’s first backpacking queen, Pattie Gonia? She’s an inspiration in six-inch heels—created by photographer Wyn Wiley as a fun side project at first and then a full-on alternate persona, allowing him to explore all sides of his gender expression. Pattie's mission is to promote inclusion and celebrate diversity in the […]

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December 10, 2018

How to Travel and Explore Portugal

Coastal hiking.

Plunging dramatically into the chilly waters of the North Atlantic, Portugal was, for centuries, considered the end of the world. Although explorers (many of Portuguese descent) eventually determined otherwise, Europe’s westernmost nation still feels like it lies at the edge of nowhere. A perfect mix of European sensibility crossed with untamed natural beauty, the country […]

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