20170804_Colorado_Leadville_Mt Elbert Camping July 19th, 2019

How to Elevate Your Backpacking and Camping Food Game

Food tastes better in the outdoors… we’re pretty sure it’s science. But no matter how delicious your favorite freeze-dried meal is, or how much you swear by tortillas and peanut butter, trying something new never hurts. It’s easy to enhance backcountry meals without much extra effort. Whether you’re car camping, out for a backcountry weekend, […]

Vallecito Creek is ideal for day hikes and extended trips. July 12th, 2019

5 Awesome Durango Backpacking Trips To Do Before Summer Ends

Okay, Weekend Warrior, you know the drill: It's almost midweek and you’re already thinking ahead to the weekend’s adventures. But where to go this time? When there are so many choices around Durango and beyond, it’s easy to fall back on the usual suspects. So why not try something new? Here, five awesome Durango backpacking […]

San Francisco June 21st, 2019

Northern California Swimming Holes: 6 Spots to Beat the Heat

When the sun breaks through the fog and the thermometer climbs above 70, the normally steely waters surrounding San Francisco appear bright and tempting. At the slightest hint of summer weather, eager beachgoers flock to the city’s shores, only to realize that the fog is minutes from cloaking the city in a dismal gray, and—no […]

20171010_Washington_Shi Shi Beach_Camping -01 June 14th, 2019

How to Go Beach Backpacking

What’s better than a vacation on a tropical island, walking barefoot down a soft sandy beach, listening to the soft lapping of waves and seagulls, or spying breaching dolphins and curious seals in the surf? Ditching the beach crowds for your own private wilderness, and forgoing the ritzy resort hotel with its fuzzy bathrobes and […]

June 7th, 2019

The Best Summer Wildflower Hikes in Aspen

Mid- to late-July in the Elk Mountains—the Rocky Mountain range that stretches between Aspen and Crested Butte—is prime time for wildflowers. The Elks are widely considered to be one of Colorado’s lushest regions for flora, making it a must-visit destination for photographers, hikers, and anyone who can appreciate stunning scenery. Whether you're up for a […]

20170828_Backpacking_01 May 28th, 2019

8 Pro Tips for Spending a Year Living Out of Your Backpack

Taking a year to backpack abroad after college is an idea that just about every young person toys with at one point or another. After all, riding trains to places with unpronounceable names, tasting exotic foods, and meeting fascinating people in faraway places sure has more of a romantic appeal than growing your LinkedIn network […]

040117_SequoiaLoop_Lost Canyon May 25th, 2019

How to Backpack 38 Miles Through the Sierra Nevada Backcountry

I woke in the back seat of my car, just as the sun started to creep over the granite faces that marked the entrance to Sequoia National Park. It was a chilly July morning, and I arrived early at the ranger station in time to snag one of Sequoia National Park’s coveted backcountry permits for […]

20180118_Gear May 22nd, 2019

Keep Your Gear Like New: Cleaning, Repair, and Storage Tips

After a few days in the great outdoors, the last thing you want to do when you finally get home is tackle the task of cleaning your gear—we get it. But, as any outdoor enthusiast knows, gear is pricey stuff—and that’s if you buy it once. However, putting in just a little bit of time […]

00-20170130_Mexico_LatuviCaba_Trekking April 20th, 2019

Trekking Through One of the Least-Visited Regions of Mexico

It’s closing in on noon, and the day couldn’t be more perfect. The morning started out in a cool, mist-covered shroud, but now the sun is shining bright, trickling down as the pine-needled carpeted trail gently meanders uphill, past peeling madronas draped with Spanish moss. The thin air up at 8,000 feet makes for slow going, […]

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Think You Could Paddle the Longest Canoe Trail in the Northeast?

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is the longest canoe trail in the Northeast. Stretching for a grand total of 740-miles, it winds from Old Forge, New York, to Fort Kent, Maine, passing through the vast Northern Forest, New England villages, and rugged scenery. Paddling it end-to-end means navigating twenty-two rivers, fifty-eight lakes, and over a […]

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