Kirsten Ruark-Sonner

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12 F*cking Brilliant Hiking Hacks You Need To Try ASAP

1. Even if you’re going on a short hike, bring the essentials.<p>Things to tick off of your checklist: a map, extra layers of clothing, sunscreen, …

Camping

9 Super-Unique Camping Spots in the West

Mt. Rainier Tipi Farm<p>This working ranch has it all - views of Mt. Rainier, tipis to sleep in, and an amazing array of animals, from alpacas to pygmy …

Outdoors

10 of the Best Hiking Trails in Canada

Canada’s got a lot to be proud of, and as the summer months roll in, nowhere is our Northern pride more on display than in the great outdoors, where …

Hiking

30 Breathtaking North American Natural Wonders You Have to See Before You Die

When it comes to traveling, Americans often feel like they haven't seen enough, despite the number of foreign countries they may be lucky enough to have already visited. You might be determined to visit the famed Seven Wonders of the World, but did you know there are actually dozens and dozens of …

National Parks

'Bad things happen in the woods': the anxiety of hiking while black

I always knew about hiking and camping from commercials and magazines. But the people doing it didn’t look like me<p>The feeling was that if you went out into the woods by yourself – and you’re black – you might not end up coming back<p>When I was young I would have loved to have had someone encouraging …

Outdoors

Nine epic hiking trails to tackle before you die

What turns a humble hike into something bucket list-worthy? Location, location, location. Some of the best hiking trails in the world are destinations in and of themselves.<p>From sandy desert basins to moss-draped mountain peaks, these hiking trails are extreme in unique ways that deliver …

South America

This custom camper van can sleep a family of 6

#VanLife goals made into reality<p>The popularity of Class B camper vans has resulted in a plethora of innovative designs; we’ve seen luxury vans, affordable conversions, and everything in between. But one ubiquitous problem becomes clear when you take even a cursory glance at the camper world: Where …

RVs

Wheel-less telescoping camping trailer grows to sleep two

Hitch Hotel originally conceived its design as a way for downhill mountain bikers to safely carry their bikes to the trail and have an overnight …

Outdoors Gear

The Best Camping Lights, According to Reviewers

The <i>Outside</i> hallways are stacked with boxes, and our offices are overflowing with gear. But even we can't get our hands on every product. To fill the gaps, we often ask experts about the gear they're using. Other times, we read online reviews.<p>This week, after coming back from a recent staff camping …

Living Rooms

The Only 5 Knives I Bring to Go Camping (or Hiking or Backpacking)

I’ve been a dedicated hiker, camper, and mountaineer for a decade now, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned from all my years of outings, it’s that …

Bear Grylls

6 Under-the-Radar National Parks You Should Visit

You’ve spotted geysers in Yellowstone, hiked to waterfalls in Yosemite, and pedaled the Cades Cove Loop in the Smoky Mountains. Good for you. That means it’s time to visit some of America’s lesser-known national parks—places that draw smaller crowds but are equally astounding. At these hidden gems, …

National Parks

Hip Packs Are Back — Here are 11 Worth Buying

Fanny packs, waist packs, hip packs — whatever you call them, the ubiquitous 90s accessory is back. While fashion designers are incorporating them …

Backpacking

How to Disagree with Someone More Powerful than You

Your boss proposes a new initiative you think won’t work. Your senior colleague outlines a project timeline you think is unrealistic. What do you say when you disagree with someone who has more power than you do? How do you decide whether it’s worth speaking up? And if you do, what exactly should …

Leadership

27 Innovative Products from Europe’s Most Important Outdoor Gear Show

There’s still over a month to go before the outdoor industry convenes in Denver to talk shop and reveal all the new technology and products gear …

Camping

Americans are depressed and suicidal because something is wrong with our culture

<i>Correction & clarification: A prior version of this column misspelled Halle Berry's name.</i><p>In September of 2004, I received the call that every person dreads: My father had dropped dead of a heart attack at the age of 61. It came at a time when I was already grappling with other issues, including …

Drew Barrymore

19 Hidden Amazon Shopping Tricks You Should Be Using—Even if You're Not a Prime Member

All the ways to be an Amazon power user.<p>Amazon is huge. So huge, in fact, that approximately 64% of American households had a Prime membership in …

18 Dystopian Novels That Will Definitely, 100% Blow Your Mind

The future is dark, disturbing, and thrilling to read.<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Learn how to make serious money on Amazon

If you're anything like me, you buy a whole lot of things from one place: Amazon.<p>Out of toilet tissue? Amazon Fresh has it. Need a refill of …

An 87-year-old millionaire buried treasure in the Rockies—and he’s offered one main clue

Somewhere in the Rockies, in the roughly 1,000 miles between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Canadian border, may be a treasure chest worth millions. …

Archaeology

A Star Photographer Breaks Down The Rules For Epic Landscape Pictures

Humans love photography. There is a natural human drive to capture images of those things we find beautiful or emotionally impactful. We fill albums and frames with pics and keep them where we can reflect on the images as we move through our days. We pay to enter galleries and museums full of …

The brain learns completely differently than we’ve assumed, new learning theory says

(credit: Getty)A revolutionary new theory contradicts a fundamental assumption in neuroscience about how the brain learns. According to researchers …

Neuroscience

Become the CEO of Your Own Brain in Six Easy Steps

<b>To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind.</b><p><b>Buddha</b><p>You …

Foreign languages: How to memorise vocabulary

When trying to learn a foreign language, most of us have the same complaint: “I’m just not good at memorising.” Learning new vocabulary can be daunting, especially for busy adults whose minds are already occupied with work, family, and other responsibilities.<p>A comfort? Linguists say that to “get …

TS Eliot's The Waste Land remains one of the finest reflections on mental illness ever written

The poet’s modernist masterpiece gathered fragments of an arduous life, some of which can be traced to a seafront shelter in Margate<p>In 1921, having taken time off from his job at Lloyds Bank for what would now be called depression, TS Eliot spent three weeks convalescing in Margate. It was the …

Literature

Building Backpacking Skills Novice to Pro: The +1 Method

The Challenge of Backpacking<br>Like most hobbies, backpacking requires a diverse set of skills and equipment. But unlike other activities, getting in …

MIOPS Mobile: A Useful Gadget for Photographers?

For the last few weeks, I’ve been testing the new Miops Mobile; a camera remote that connects to your phone.It’s no secret that a remote shutter …

3 Recreational Inverter Generators With Cool Features

If a generator performs its primary function well, you'll need to look at features and conveniences to compare models. That's a particular strength …

Photo editing tips: How to apply a selective colour adjustment

<b>Photoshop guru Martin Evening sorts out your photo-editing and post-processing problems. Here he looks at how to apply a selective colour …

Amazon's 12 Days of Deals Outdoor Gear Sale Is Today

On the sixth day of Amazon’s 12 Days of Deals, the major retailer gave to us travelers some pretty great savings on gear for “happy campers and jolly …

Shopping

How To Achieve Visual Balance In Your Photography

Have you ever looked at a really nice photo and felt that something was just not quite right? A feeling that something is jarring but you can’t quite …