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These Post-Apocalyptic Books Will Freak You Out

Armageddon. The apocalypse. Judgement Day. For every word there is to describe the end of days, there are five different ways authors have envisioned …

I Ditched My Hiking Boots for Cycling Shoes and Fell in Love with Bikepacking

An experienced backpacker embarks on a three-day bikepacking adventure. Here's what his trip can teach you about trying your first bike trip.<p><i>Flat pedals win medals</i> is what I’m chanting in my head as I rocket down a dirt Forest Service road in the mountains outside Asheville, North Carolina. My …

Backpacking Gear Philosophy

Gear for my two month hiking trip to Peru and Bolvia in August/September, 2017.<p>I view backpacking equipment as a means to an end. And that end is to …

Does the White Working Class Really Vote Against Its Own Interests?

Trump’s first year in office revived an age-old debate about why some people choose race over class—and how far they will go to protect the system.<p>As his first year in the White House draws to a close, Donald J. Trump remains in almost every respect a singular character. He exists well outside the …

Working-class

Stop What You're Doing and Watch Black Mirror's 'USS Callister'

Ever since I heard Netflix’s <i>Black Mirror</i> was going to do a parody of <i>Star Trek</i>, with a focus on totalitarianism, a million ideas ran through my head. …

Start streaming: How to store your existing media in the cloud

Buying DVDs and CDs made a lot of sense a decade ago. What do you do with them now?<p>Years ago, the thought of watching movies on a phone was absurd — …

Cycle-On 30-Tool Bicycle Multi-Tool

Price: $39.99Be ready for everything that comes your way with the Cycle-On 30-Tool Bicycle Multi-Tool. There really are 30 different tools so you’ll …

Multi-tools

Why are Topographic Maps Important for Hiking and Backpacking?

Topographic maps are used by hikers and backpackers to plan routes, estimate travel times, find water, good campsites, and track their progress on …

Plus-Size Model Recreates Gigi Hadid’s Nude Photo Shoot, Absolutely Nails It

We first met Diana Sirokai a while back in a previous post of ours, when she had spent a little time recreating shots of Kim Kardashian in her own, …

A Guide to Knife Sharpeners and Sharpening | RECOIL OFFGRID

In This Article<p>Sharpening Stones<br>• Manual Sharpeners<br>• Dynamic Sharpeners<br>• Mechanized Sharpeners<br>• Portable Systems for the Prepared<br>• 3 Tips From the …

The Rimac Concept_One's Electric Scream Is Rad

Electric cars don't make the sound you're used to. But they do make sounds.<p>Rimac's electric super car sounds really cool, even if it's basically silent.<p>When it's not upside down and on fire, the Rimac Concept_One is one of the most amazing supercars you can buy, particularly because it's the only …

Supercars

Solve your MacBook Pro's port problem with the MemPro USB-C Hub

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, …

Why You Should Learn to Hike Off Trail

Eight instructors, guides, and pros share the wildest things they’ve seen on the route less traveled.<p>504<p>SHARES<p>“You never hike the same trail twice,” …

Hiking

The Best Backpacking Tents

<i>Outside</i> has reviewed backpacking tents for 40 years, and during that time we’ve tested a lot of well-designed models. But if we had to choose the best all-around tent to take backpacking right now, we’d buy the Sierra Designs Flash 2 FL. We love the Flash 2 FL because it’s fast and simple to set …

Backpacking

2018 Nissan Leaf

Stuffed with improved hardware, for a lower price.<p>Nissan’s Leaf appeared for 2011 looking fairly dorky and, by the EPA’s reckoning, capable of traveling just 73 miles due to its 24.0-kWh battery. As more EVs hit the market with greater driving range, Nissan gradually boosted the Leaf’s abilities. …

Electric Vehicles

A Voice of Hate in America’s Heartland

<i>This article has drawn significant feedback, most of it sharply critical. Read a response from The Times’s national editor here. And the reporter offers his thoughts on covering white nationalists here.</i><p>HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio — Tony and Maria Hovater were married this fall. They registered at Target. …

Hoping to find other patients, he revealed a cancer often mistaken for ‘jock itch’

Stephen Schroeder figured he had little to lose, his growing sense of desperation fueled by the loneliness of his unusual diagnosis.<p>For more than two years, Schroeder had been coping with an extremely rare, invasive cancer called extramammary Paget's disease (EMPD), which had invaded his scrotum, …

Medicine

5 sweet camper vans you can buy right now

RVs that make motorhomes cool again<p>Whether you’re looking to run away to the beach or would rather stake out a secluded campsite high in the hills, there are plenty of trailers and even tiny homes to help you go off-grid.<p>But one particular type of RV has shed its stodgy reputation amid a new surge …

Ultralight Backpacking Gift Guide | Holiday Gift Guide

The easiest way to light up an outdoor lover’s face is to invite them on a trip, or get them a sweet piece of gear. We’re hoping you have the trip …

Elk Hunt Report: Filling my freezer & ending the era of cluelessness

The final resting place for our 4-point bull in the Flattops. It yielded about 150 pounds of meat.This was my fifth year of elk hunting, and finally …

Hiking

In This Stunningly Bleak Scifi Short, a Survivor Struggles in a Post-Apocalyptic Cityscape

Post-apocalyptic tales tend to be set in deserted wastelands—but Brazilian short <i>Lunatique</i>, which takes place in the ash-strewn ruins of what was once …

Loneliness

The best mountain bike: what to look for in a mountain bike - MBR

Not all mountain bikes are created equal<p>Choosing the best mountain bike is hard. There’s loads of them out there. They all look the same. And yet …

Scientists Have Identified The Chemical That Suppresses Unwanted Thoughts in The Brain

With huge implications.<p>Most of us know the feeling of being unable to distract ourselves from a particular thought, however much we might want to. …

Neuroscience

The Best Budget Backpacking Sleeping Bags

1<p>Best All-Around Budget Sleeping Bag for Men<p>The North Face Cat's Meow<p>$116.32<p>at Backcountry<p><b>Weight:</b> 2 lbs 11 oz | <b>Temperature Rating:</b> 20F<p>This bag has …

Compress

Taste Beyond The Tongue

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: first drive of plug-in hybrid SUV

Not too many people will ever drive the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the plug-in hybrid version of the company's mid-size crossover utility …

16 science fiction, fantasy, and horror books to read this October

Demons, space pirates, and more to add to your to-read pile<p>It seems like yesterday that I put together the September book list. Where did the month go?<p>I’ve been trying to read more non-fiction and specifically non-genre books recently. My background is in military history, so when I first saw Josh …

Science Fiction

20 essential Windows keyboard shortcuts to save you a click

Let your fingertips fly.<p>Compared to reaching for the mouse or navigating a menu, a single keyboard shortcut shaves a moment off your task. This might not seem like much, but add up all those saved moments over a week or a month, and you're gaining a substantial chunk of time. That's why it's …

We should have seen Trump coming

Obama’s rise felt like a new chapter in American history. But the original sin of white supremacy was not so easily erased. By Ta-Nehisi Coates<p>I have often wondered how I missed the coming tragedy. It is not so much that I should have predicted that Americans would elect Donald Trump. It’s just …

HGTV Is a Never-ending Fantasy Loop. Look Deeper, and It Gets Pretty Ugly.

<b>Photo-illustration by Gluekit</b> A house — and a life? — transformed for the cameras.<p>A man in the desert touches flame to a snaking trail of gasoline, …

Real Estate