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September 6, 2019

Best Hikes in Los Angeles

The foreground shows the narrow knife edge of the Devil's Backbone with the mountains landscape behind.

Despite its reputation for urban sprawl, greater Los Angeles is actually a hiking hotbed. From on-trail views of iconic landmarks to stunning waterfalls to rugged summits, hikers of all abilities have plenty of opportunities to get out of the city and explore. We’ve compiled a list of some of the top hikes in LA as […]

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September 6, 2019

This Backcountry Hut Has a Story to Tell

ast winter, on a ski tour in the backcountry outside of Whistler, British Columbia, Julie Brenninkmeyer crested a hill and spotted the Kees and Claire Hut for the first time. The cabin—which opens to the public on September 7—is located at the base of the jagged Fissile Peak on the edge of the glacially formed […]

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September 4, 2019

Uncommon Challenge: Take a Cot Instead of a Pad

Take a Cot Backpacking

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 […]

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August 30, 2019

Are Green Spaces in Cities as Good for Us as Green Spaces in Mountains?

The Golden Gate Bridge in the mist

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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August 30, 2019

Gillian Larson Has Completed the Pacific Crest Trail Twice, on Horseback

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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August 29, 2019

8 Ultimate Sandwiches for Fueling on Day Hikes

Plenty of sandwiches are against a wooden background.

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 […]

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August 15, 2019

The future of backpacks looks more sustainable

Chances are, you already own plenty of sustainably made clothing and electronics built with rechargeable batteries instead of landfill-polluting alkaline—but your backpack probably doesn’t deserve a merit badge for environmentalism. It’s not your fault. Packs have tended to lag behind other gear categories, where the outdoor industry has embraced sustainability and shoppers now routinely find […]

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August 13, 2019

Roll Your Backpacking Gear Into Bikepacking

Bikepacking

Calling all bike-curious backpackers: This one’s for you. With a few small additions and some packing know-how, you can push your backpacking setup into bicycle service. Follow these tips to get started.  Gear and Storage When you hit the trail on foot, you carry your stuff on your back. Not so when you do the […]

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August 9, 2019

The SWEAT Crew is the Toughest Crew on the Appalachian Trail

A trail crew celebrates the end of a hard day's work surrounded by leafy green trees

The country's most well-known footpath, the Appalachian Trail (AT), stretches for 2,190 miles along the ridges and valleys of the Appalachian Mountains, from North Georgia to Maine, attracting between 2 and 3 million backpackers and day hikers each year. The majority of the trail is maintained by volunteers and seasonal crews managed by the Appalachian Trail […]

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