Jason Controy

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Tested: Hiker Trailer, the World’s Most Affordable Teardrop Trailer

I, like many of you, dream about owning a tricked-out Sprinter or Tacoma and living on the road. But that’s not possible with a full-time job and limited funds. So I’ve been exploring alternative options for weekend adventuring.<p>Most recently, I came across Hiker Trailer, a company that makes …

RVs

Vargo Titanium 'Basically Indestructible' Tent Stakes

I have never really paid much attention to, or money for, tent stakes. Then I found the Vargo Titanium Nail Pegs.<p><b>The stakes that came with my tents</b> …

Horse Racing

op Journal

After generations of sleeping outside, you tend to pick up a few tricks. Since 1938, REI employees and members have been creating and tuning pro tips …

7 Stunning Waterfall Hikes and Swimming Holes Just Outside of Nashville

Cascading water, plunge-worthy swimming holes and wooded trails may not be the first things that come to mind when you think about Nashville. But …

Hiking

Learn How to Tie 12 Useful Knots with This Visual Guide

If the only knot you know involves tying your shoes, then this infographic provides clear, step-by-step instructions on tying some of the most useful …

Have We Discovered a Cure for Muscle Cramps?

When Lebron James famously dropped out of game one of the 2014 NBA Finals with a cramping left leg, many wondered if he was low on electrolytes. Gatorade even teased him on Twitter, suggesting he wouldn’t have cramped if he’d been drinking their product. (James reps Powerade.) He was hardly alone. …

Nobel Prize

The 12 Best Hikes Near Nashville

Need a reason to get out of Nashville? How about a dozen? If you're into beautiful scenery and getting a bit of exercise, hop into your car and head …

Hiking

5 Big City Hikes You Don’t Want to Miss

Living in a booming metropolis doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice scenic views when stretching your legs. Urban hiking trails are making nature walks …

Hiking

The 5 Best Beach Camping Spots in America

<i>By: Andrew Villagomez</i><p><i>Credit: Flickr/s__i</i><p>Sometimes all you really need for the perfect summer vacation is a little sun, some sand, and a pup tent. Few getaways rival a relaxing beach camping escape: roaring bonfires, gorgeous ocean sunrises (or sunsets), and the soothing sound of waves crashing on …

Hiking

10 hotels where you sleep under the stars

These hotels give you comfort, privacy and a shimmering, star-spangled sky entirely to yourself<p>See the northern lights dance across the sky, or watch …

Northern Lights

What to do if bitten by a snake.

If you live in the Coachella Valley you should learn how to handle a snake bite. Each year, about 8,000 venomous snake bites occur in the US and …

Zoology

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These Treehouses Are Even Better in Winter

You might think sleeping in a treehouse is tailor-made for summer (hello cool breezes and rustling of leaves), but if you go in winter you’re in for a treat. A cozy fireplace perched above the forest floor makes the experience of waking up among the branches a surreal experience. And, bonus—winter …

Hiking