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Backpacking Food Basics

Second only to gear, food is the most difficult thing for backpackers to get right. Follow these recommendations on amounts, types, and overnight storage to avoid learning the hard way.<p><b>How much food does a backpacker need?</b><p>My experience is that most backpackers will be satisfied with 2,250 to 2,750 …

Backpacking

Everest’s Darkest Year

At 3 A.M., Lhakpa Gyalgen’s alarm went off at Base Camp, but he dozed until 3:07, when Tenzing Chottar rattled his tent fly. “He had been reading holy books and prayers,” said Lhakpa Gyalgen, who is from Thame, in Nepal, and was a lama at Kathmandu’s Kopan monastery before becoming a climber. …

Rethink Your Survival Kit: One Expert Explains Why

The founder of Endure Survival shares the essential items he thinks you should carry with you on every wilderness outing.<b>If there’s one thing you</b> …

Escapod Topo travels farther and wilder than your average teardrop trailer

The new Topo from Utah's Escapod is a light, stylish teardrop trailer ready to explore all points high, low, far and wide. Its hard-edged, ruggedized …

Father calls out to dead son at hospital: 'Jason! Come out, man'

<i>Beat 0831, 1 a.m. Wednesday</i><p>The women were crying outside the emergency entrance to Holy Cross Hospital so loudly they could be heard halfway down the block.<p>Out of nowhere, a man in a black T-shirt began to scream.<p>“My son,” he yelled. He walked in wide circles near the women, berating police for not …

Get Off the Beaten Path With the 10 Most Quiet and Scenic Road Trips in the US

Whether you’re riding solo or plan to hit the highway with bae or your BFFs, there’s nothing quite like a road trip. There’s something magical about the wind in your hair, feel-good tunes, and Insta-worthy views that just get better with each passing mile. On the other hand, there’s nothing quite …

Hiking

10 best brandy cocktails to mix at home

<b>Forget vodka and gin, here are the most sophisticated and delicious brandy cocktails to shake up in your own home</b><p>It’s a quirk of history that, these days, people tend to think of cocktails as being made with gin, the whiskies and vodka. Everyone forgets about brandy. Or, if they don’t, they think …

10 mighty mountains that (almost) anyone can summit

The world’s tallest mountain (Everest) is probably out of your reach unless you have mountaineering experience and a cool $50,000 to spare. But you can still summit some pretty impressive peaks around the world with nothing more than willpower and a decent level of fitness.<p><b>Mount Fuji, Japan</b><p>Mount …

Punishment and Reward. Welcome to the Arizona Trail.

Champagne lap.<br>That’s what I had begun jokingly calling a thru-hike attempt on the Arizona Trail. After the PCT, Arizona’s 800 miles sounded like an …

Remember This Week: It’s the Beginning of the End of the NRA’s Reign of Terror

Shun the NRA. Shun the assault weapons manufacturers. Shame and vote out the politicians who take their money and do their bidding. That’s the …

Guns

25 BEST HIKES IN THE WORLD TO PUT ON YOUR BUCKET LIST

We are far from hardcore hikers. In fact, my friends used to call me “indoorsy” before I started training for our Inca Trail hike years ago. We do, …

Canada's 14 Most Beautiful Places You Need to See

Canada encompasses scenic coastlines, sprawling prairies, imposing mountains, and untouched forests. The different landscapes and cultures found …

National Parks

41+ Legendary Road Trip Photos That Will Get Your Creativity Going

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best road trip shots in the 'A Road Trip' Photo contest with chances to win a SLR Camera Bag And …

Bitters are essential to a good cocktail, but which ones should you buy?

They're the zipper on the jacket, the key to the door, the fingerprint that makes or breaks the case. They're usually the smallest component of the drink in your glass, but if you leave them out, you can end up with a spineless mess.<p>Cocktail bitters evolved out of archaic medicines made from plants …

25 Must-see Spots in North America According to a Man Who Took a 22,000-mile Road Trip

From remote surf towns to fern-covered canyons and massive glaciers, here are some of the most incredible sights the U.S. and Canada have to …

National Parks

18 Epic Multi-Day Backpacking Trips in Canada

<b><br>Multi-day backpacking trips take time to put together.</b><p>Planning is key. In fact, if you have dreams of spending a week under the stars, carrying …

National Parks

Happy isolation: hiking the ridges of the Larapinta trail

I’ve been trudging along this never-ending ridge for hours. The air is hot and deathly still, with my breath, the footfall of my boots and the buzzing of flies the only sounds in a vacuum of silence. A weary foot catches on a rock and I shoot forward, falling into a nest of sharp rock and even …

Here’s What’s in Pro Backpacker Andrew Skurka’s Pack

Andrew Skurka surely has one of the world’s best jobs: He’s essentially a professional backpacker. Or adventurer, maybe. When he’s not writing books …

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail didn’t cure my depression—but it did change my life

For five minutes late on a Friday afternoon, I was completely lost somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. I could not see or hear my friend Ruth, who should have been just behind me on the other side of the ridge. Or the ridge before that. I had crossed a lot of such ridges, thinking I would catch …

Hiking the High Sierra Trail – An Overview

Lesser known than the famous John Muir Trail, the <b>High Sierra Trail</b> (HST) is in many ways just as historically significant as it’s longer and more …

America's 10 Most Dangerous Hikes

From a slippery Sierra catwalk to a treacherous Hawaiian paradise, we name the country's 10 most hazardous hikes. Then we break down the dangers and …

Keeping the peace at the scene of a crime: 'Hey guys, c'mon. Why you fighting?'

<i>Beat 1522, 10:10 p.m. Aug. 29</i><p>Police were wrapping up their investigation of a double shooting in Austin, two boys 15 and 16, one of them hit in the back and the other in the head.<p>Officers had strung up yellow crime tape and had laid out at least 24 yellow markers where shell casings and other …

How to Thru-Hike the Wonderland Trail (An Unconventional, Photo-Heavy Guide) - The Trek

In my last post- My Wonderland Trail Gear List– I unveiled my intentions to thru-hike the Wonderland Trail. I’m happy to report that we (I hiked with …

Malt rye whiskey makes for a superior Sazerac cocktail

While everyone is drinking summery cocktails and cooling beers around you this Labor Day, what's a whiskey drinker to do? Switch to margaritas?<p>Not quite.<p>Whiskey cocktails such as the Old Fashioned and Manhattan can be great summer drinks too. And the cordial, spicy, rye-based Sazerac is king among …

A question, then gunfire: 'I just wish he'd wake up and say, 'Baby, I’m good'

The man walked up to the brick two-flat on Artesian Avenue early Sunday and started asking around for weed.<p>Darius Brownlee and his girlfriend Jasmine Jones were on the porch. No, they told him, they didn’t have any marijuana.<p>The man, a stranger, stuck around for a few minutes, then asked once more: …

8 unforgettable road trips through Alaska

<i>Author’s note: Some highways are unpaved. Take extra food, drinks, fuel, cash, an emergency kit, and spare tires with you. Equip your vehicle with a</i> …

6 years later, uncle and great-nephew find themselves at another crime scene

Crime tape hung in the front of Bruce Prince's home on California Avenue, about a mile north of Mount Sinai Hospital and just south of the Eisenhower Expressway.<p>Police had taped off the block and parked a squad car at the south end while they waited for detectives and evidence techs to arrive …

Father of 3 shot dead while sitting at table: 'He’d go to work, take care of his kids'

Demarco Kennedy was known as a soft-spoken family man who worked the overnight shift at a railroad company.<p>Around 8 p.m. Tuesday, the 32-year-old father of three was sitting at a table in his second-floor apartment in Rosemoor on the Far South Side when two bullets pierced the window behind him and …