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10 of Canada's best lesser-known national parks

To mark its 150th anniversary, Canada is offering free entry to its stunning national parks. But which to pick? We select 10 lesser-known wildernesses<p>Canada has vast swathes of unspoiled nature, from coasts to mountains to tundra and frozen Arctic deserts. While some of these spectacular landscapes …

National Parks

Kayaking Upper Cherry Creek in California part 3

The 40 Most Significant Tools and Toys Ever Designed

For 40 years, <i>Outside</i> has tested and ranked gear that allows us to venture farther, go faster, and do both more comfortably. The following products are the ones that truly stood out for their sheer inventiveness and impact.<p><b>DJI Phantom 1 Drone</b><p>Good consumer drones really didn’t exist until the 2013 …

Mountain Biking

Alex Honnold and Renan Ozturk To Attempt One of the Toughest Free-Climbs in North America

While we're obviously still gearing up for a very busy Himalayan climbing season in the days ahead, there are other interesting expeditions in the …

Mountaineering

Paddle the Parks: Apostle Islands National Park

No Better Place<p><b>Apostle Islands National Park, Wisconsin</b> <b><br>By Dave Costello</b><p>The sun is setting, but we can’t see it inside the cave. Twilight spills in …

National Parks

How Wolves Change Rivers

Interview: E. Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin on Scaling "Meru"

Some men may claim they’d scale mountains to win the love of their future wives, but Jimmy Chin actually did it. He just didn’t know it for a couple …

The 40 Most Iconic Places on the Planet

For 40 years, <i>Out</i>side has sent writers on first descents of rivers, explored the latest fads in fitness and nutrition, watched Everest go from the proving ground of serious mountaineers to a playground for rich explorers, and tested more gear than we could possibly count. As part of our 40th …

Legendary Swiss route re-climbed

For a quarter-century, no one was able to repeat the “Metanoia” route up Switzerland’s notorious Eiger North Face that American climbing legend Jeff …

European News

25 Days of Gear: Bending Branches Sunburst

<b>($215, bendingbranches.com)</b><p>Some like the flex and response of a wood paddle; some like the weight of carbon for long miles. I like both. So when it …

I'Ve

Lessons Learned: Harvest from a 400-mile sea kayak voyage

400 miles in 40 days! I did stick an exclamation point there, yet in truth, for a veteran sea kayaker, a voyage like that shouldn’t necessarily be …

Fishing

Featured Destination: Bayfield, Wisconsin

Kayaking around Bayfield, Wisconsin, can feel like soaring, as Lake Superior’s water clarity reaches 100 feet in some places. With the Apostle …

RVs

Rides: Denise Hurt’s 14.5-foot Lincoln Chebeague

If you imagine a 61-year old accounting office administrator’s beloved Fluffy, you might picture a snow-white Pomeranian poking its head out of her …

O, Canada! Entry is Free to Canadian National Parks in 2017

As if you needed another reason to visit the Great White North in 2017, all of Canada's national parks and national reserves—all 46 of them!—offer …

National Parks

Go Take a Hike! 50 of the Best U.S. Hiking Trails

<i>Have You Hiked the Featured Trail in Your State?</i> <i><br>-- By Melissa Rudy, Staff Writer</i><br>Hiking isn’t just a great way to get fit: For many, it’s a way to …

Trails

Magical Photos of Winter in Finland Under the Northern Lights

Born and based in beautiful Lapland, Finland, nature photographer Tiina Törmänen is never short on inspiration. A real-life winter wonderland, the Finnish Lapland is renowned for its sparkling, snowy landscapes lit by starry skies and the spectacular Northern Lights. Törmänen captures this seasonal …

Mountain Climber Conrad Anker Survives Heart Attack at 20K Feet

Famed American mountaineer Conrad Anker knew something was very wrong. He was six pitches up at nearly 20,000 feet, attempting to summit Lunag-Ri, …

Extreme Sports

Giraffes Edge Closer to Extinction

An elegy for one of evolution’s marvels<p>The tallest animal in the world is surprisingly inconspicuous. I remember stumbling across one for the first time, as our safari jeep skirted around a random Kenyan bush. There it was. A giraffe. Instantly recognizable, and utterly incongruous in the …

Dystopia

Impossible Rock: Jimmy Chin, Hazel Findlay, Mark Synnott

Video: The Best Mountaineering Films of All Time

Looking for some great mountaineering films to watch in your downtime? Then you'll certainly want to give his video a look. It provides a brief …

Mountaineering