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Comparing culture, gear, resupply and difficulty. Whether you’re deciding which footpath to tackle for a first thru-hike, you’ve hiked one trail and want to know how it stacks up to the other, or you just have a general curiosity, a fascination with comparing the Appalachian Trail (AT) and Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is common. Today, […]
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When a baby enters the picture, new parents often have a lot of fears and questions about hiking. What kind of gear do you need? How long a trip should you plan? What if you drive to the trailhead and the baby starts wailing uncontrollably when you put him or her in the carrier? But […]
Nikki Frumkin is easy to recognize in the mountains. She’s the lanky blonde with a giant piece of watercolor paper strapped to her backpack. When she reaches the summit, she takes out a handful of brushes and breath-mint tin full of paint, finds a comfortable rock to sit on, and starts painting furiously. In homage […]
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Many people contemplating parenthood may think having a child will significantly scale back their adventuring. For Salt Lake City mom Melody Buck Forsyth, this was definitely true in 2015 when she learned she was expecting her fourth child. She had only recently discovered her passion for hiking. To complicate things, she found out her daughter […]
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Through our Keepers of the Outdoors series, we'll introduce you to people who protect and care for our wild places. Bequi Livingston is an old-school badass. She spent her career fighting fires alongside the most respected crews in the West. Today, she's dedicated to training more women in backcountry firefighting. She began working with the […]
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With storm season in full bluster, the need for dependable raingear develops a greater sense of urgency. If you’re shopping for a new rain jacket, you’ll quickly encounter a trio of seemingly interchangeable terms: water resistant, waterproof and water repellent. Is there really a difference between them? Spoiler alert: “Waterproof” beats “water resistant” and “waterproof/breathable” […]
In a time when more and more people are embracing outdoor recreation, here's how to combat the destruction of the wild places we love. Last year, for the centennial of the National Park Service, park visits were up by over 25 million across the nation. Yosemite traffic increased by 21 percent year over year—up almost […]
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The season of holiday rituals is upon us: a turkey or tofurky on the table, the post-prandial nap, the exchange of gifts, the lighting of candles, the baking of garish cookies. And with these come some inevitable, attendant pains in the neck. The ones that irk me: clogged freeways, weather delays at airports, moments of […]