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Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You

There are lots of experiences you might hope to have while exploring the great outdoors. Taking in scenic views after summiting a hike, enjoying …

Disease

The 8 Best Camping Tarps to Buy in 2018

At first glance, a camping tarp can seem simple: a big piece of waterproof fabric, typically square or rectangular, meant to offer a bit of extra …

Backpacking

Adobada

Adobada is a general term that refers to meat (often pork) that is marinated in a very thick, flavorful, chile-based mixture. When cooked in a hot …

Cooking

The best backpacking tents of 2018

Unlike traditional car camping where the size, weight, and ease of setting up a tent are mostly non-issues, choosing a backpacking tent requires much …

The Dyrt launches mobile app to help you find the best places to go camping

If you’re looking for great places to go camping this summer, your search just got a little easier. The Dyrt, which already features excellent search …

Inside the Grateful Dead’s Complicated Afterlife

Enough books have been written about the Grateful Dead over the years to fill a small library, but nearly all of them wrap up with the death of Jerry …

Music

100 Essential Skills Every Backpacker Should Know

Before the TripMake a firestarterEasy Dryer lint and candle wax in a cardboard egg carton compartment (poke a bit of lint out of the wax for a wick). …

Backpacking

Reader Q: Recommended guyline lengths for backpacking shelters

A client on one of my 5-day guided trips in Colorado recently asked:What guyline lengths do you recommend for my shelter?In this case, the client has …

My Quest to Find the Best Photography Gloves

After almost freezing my hands during an Iceland photo trip, I began a long search for proper winter gloves that would be both warm and ergonomic for …

Hiking returns to NJ's Long Pond Ironworks State Park with new footbridge

CLOSE<p>A quick video trip to Ringwood State Park and Ringwood Manor in Ringwood, N.J.<p>Home to massive swaths of state parkland, upper Passaic County is …

The Histogram: How to Read One of the Most Useful Features of Your Camera

Your camera has numerous ways of giving you feedback about the content of a shot, but perhaps nothing is more useful than the histogram. This helpful …

Photography

10 Best Dog Packs for Hiking: Your Buyer’s Guide (2018)

When your dog is your best friend, it’s only natural that you’d want to take them with you everywhere. This might be as simple as letting them tag …

The 12 Best Hikes In New York State That You Have To Experience

When many people think of New York, they think of New York City. It’s often the first point that comes to mind and I have to admit I’m guilty of this …

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The Best Briefcases for Every Profession

<i>Last Updated December, 2017.</i><p>What makes a good briefcase? Ask any suit with a 9-to-5 and a penchant for vicuña, and you’ll hear a few requirements: it …

Men's Fashion

Best New Gear Awards | Winter 2018

Each time the Outdoor Retailer trade show comes around, we ask manufacturers to nominate their best, most innovative products that are coming to …

New York: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail​

The Empire State is known throughout the AT community for being tough on hikers. Steep, yet short ups-and-downs paired with a decent amount of rocks …

Hiking

Top Backpacks of 2017: Results from the Annual Hiker Survey

In this installment of The Trek’s 2017 Hiker Survey, we cover backpacks and shake downs. We asked hikers about the frame type, capacity, brand, and …

12 Knots Everyone Should Master

<i>Last Updated December, 2017: We’ve updated the formatting on this post for clarity. Links have also been updated.</i><p>Our Go-To: Water Knot<p><b>Climbing</b> …

Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from "Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s" to "Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life".<p>The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users' viewing habits to recommend exactly …

The best backpacking sleeping bags

There’s nothing better than climbing into your sleeping bag at the end of a long day on the trail. The sound of that zipper pulling closed makes your …

Backpacking

Learn These Simple Custom Camera Settings and You’ll Never Miss a Shot Again (VIDEO)

Whether you’re a professional photographer or a passionate amateur, one sure way to shoot <i>better</i> is to learn how to shoot <i>faster,</i> so you never miss …

As a Photographer, These are 13 Free Apps I Wouldn't Leave the House Without

If you're a new photographer, let me let you in on a little secret...There are hundreds of photography apps available for iOS and Android devices …

Apps

The 10 Lightroom Tools That Are A Landscape Photographer's Dream

As we know, Lightroom has become a very powerful tool not only for image management but also for post production. Amongst the tools available are …

Featured Vehicle: Expedition Overland’s Toyota 4Runner

As we are prone to do, we have once again lured another beautiful truck into our garage. This time we managed to wrangle the keys out of the hands of …

Podcast: Deadly Survival Skills From a Navy SEAL | The Art of Manliness

Last year I had a fella by the name of Clint Emerson on the podcast. He’s a retired Navy SEAL and he came on the show to talk about his first book,</i> …

Skillet Skills: 7 Meals You Can Make In a Single Cast Iron Pan

Have you been cooking with cast iron lately? A skillet is definitely worth the investment with it's durable versatility. Take a look at these 7 ways …