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Pushing Extremes

The Best Backpacking Food

Extended time in the backcountry often equates to a dry diet. Learning how to cook well in the wilderness is an art that doesn't come quickly but can …

These 10 Hiking Trails Will Blow Your Mind

15 Tips for Taking Better Photos with an iPhone on Your Next Hiking Adventure

by Austin Campbell November 08, 2015<p>The Best Camera is the One You Have With You<p>They say the best camera is the one you have with you, and as …

A 600-Mile Run Through the Mountains

Ultralight Backpacking Gift Guide

Buying ultralight backpacking gifts is difficult if you’re not an ultralight backpacker yourself. So I’ve assembled this list of recommended UL gifts …

Backpacking

Best places to test your survival skills

Can’t sit still while on holiday? Next time, swap the ‘fly and flop’ scenario for something more extreme – a cross-country race or desert island experience, an Australian outback survival course, or perhaps even a North Pole expedition.<p>Embark on one of these 10 wild adventures and we reckon you’ll …

Adventure Travel

How to Get Rid of a Cramp, Fast

Try these three steps to help soothe the spasm<p>Let’s be clear: The best way to cure a cramp is to prevent a cramp. For most riders, that means not jumping into a race or hard ride way above your ability, as cramps are nearly always the unwelcome byproduct of working muscles beyond their current …

Stanford University School of Medicine

Running Ultramarathons May Shrink Your Brain

Competitors in races like the Ironman triathlon and the TransEurope-FootRace (TEFR) know before they ever start training that these races will be …

11 of the best snorkeling destinations in the world | CNN Travel

CNN

Lifestraw Introduces New Water Filter Designed For Hikers and Backpackers

Lifestraw is a company that is known for making inexpensive – yet highly effective – water filtration systems for use in places where contaminated …

Camping

The Most Badass Adventures of 2015

Mountaineering

10 Tips for Surviving Your First Adventure Race

by Theresa D'Aquila December 27, 2015 1 Comment<p>What is an Adventure Race?<p>An Adventure Race is a team event involving racing over an unmarked course …

National Geographic Travel

The Best Places to Dive with Dolphins

The oceans are a magical place. Most divers know that once you take the plunge, you are thrust into a completely different world. The rules of …

Worth the Weight: 7 Things that Carry Themselves - The Trek

A hiker can go <b>mad</b> trying to slim their gear list down to Ultralight. I’m here to proudly put stuff back on your back. To some, long distance hiking …

Seven Expeditions You Can Actually Join

Legend has it that, in 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton placed a classified seeking men to help him become the first person to cross the continent of Antarctica. Fact or fiction, more than a hundred years later his risky appeal resonates with adventurous types who dream of contributing to a new …

Manta Rays

Exercise Makes You Grow New Brain Cells–But Only The Right Kind Of Exercise

If you want to make yourself smarter, go for a run.<p>Which makes you smarter: running or lifting weights? Meathead jokes aside, there’s new evidence that moderate aerobic exercise helps increase new brain cells, while strength training may not be much healthier for the brain than sitting on the couch.<p>…

The 7 best backpacks for travelers

It's versatile enough to handle your needs, and basic enough to take anywhere and everywhere.<p>You don't need to trek through the wilderness or across entire continents to be a backpack person — maybe rolling a suitcase through a crowded terminal just isn't your forte. (Though if it is, there are …

Backpacking

Which Waterproof Fabric (and Jacket) Should I Buy?

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> This article has been updated for October 2016.<p>The very idea of a waterproof and breathable shell poses an obvious challenge: How can …

The Top 10 Workout Songs for March 2016

<i>Flickr: Stuart Grout</i><p>This month's top 10 list draws heavily from the Top 40 chart and club scene. While this reliance on pop tunes and big beats might make the list seem one-dimensional at first, there are just enough curve balls to keep it interesting.<p>On the pop front, you'll find new singles from …

Top 10

The 5 best places to go camping year-round

Turn off your cell phone, take a deep breath of fresh air, and plan an off-season excursion to one of these year-round campgrounds.

National Parks

The 10 Most Beautiful Spring Hikes In Oregon

1. Abiqua Falls | Scotts Mills, Oregon<p>If you're looking for a place to escape, with no cell reception, a quick 2.5-mile hike, and formations that could only be made from mother nature herself, Abiqua Falls is the place for you.<p>A 92-foot fall, secluded and tucked away for only the adventurous. Pack …

Hiking

365 Days in the Oru, the World's Most Interesting Portable Kayak

In the last year, we’ve paddled Oru’s novel folding kayak in the Pacific Ocean, floated it down the Colorado River, used it to hunt ducks, chase fish, took it to Mexico, and even carried it on our backs to reach high alpine lakes. How does this piece of corrugated plastic stand up to a full year of …

Extreme Surfing in the Arctic Circle: Pictures

Northern Lights

Camping Along The Pacific: 10 Seaside Campsites For Your West Coast Road Trip

With thousands of miles of coastline, the West Coast has plenty of options for taking in every last drop of the sunset from the comfort of your tent, …

5 More Wilderness Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

Rid yourself of these backcountry fictions to stay safer on the trail.<p>327<p>SHARES<p>The ways of the wild can be baffling, so it's only natural to want to …

How Neuroscientists Explain the Mind-Clearing Magic of Running

<i>By Melissa Dahl</i><p>A good run can sometimes make you feel like a brand-new person. And, in a way, that feeling may be literally true. About three decades of research in neuroscience have identified a robust link between aerobic exercise and subsequent cognitive clarity, and to many in this field the …

Haruki Murakami