James Burke

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Things to Do in Kilkenny: The Complete Guide for Outdoor Lovers

<b>Known for its hurlers, its mad nights out and now for its adventurous activities… here are all of the best things to do in Kilkenny.</b>Kilkenny is more …

Ireland

20 Doctor-Recommended Natural Remedies For Everyday Ailments

The latest surveys show that about a third of Americans now use natural or complementary medicine, and the number is growing. Fish oil is the most common natural product used for health—nearly 8% of adults take it preventively for heart health. Next in popularity are glucosamine/chondroitin, …

Health

Cheers to the Gear: My Almost Final SOBO PCT Gear List

After months of research, testing, tears, massive failures, and occasional triumphs, I’ve finally figured out (tentatively) what gear I’m taking with …

Backpacking

5 Military Rucking Rules Every Backpacker Should Know

The military has spent years studying the best way to move under a load (aka “rucking”). Here are 5 military rucking rules that translate well to …

Backpacking

5 Vitamins to Boost Your Metabolism and Promote Weight Loss

Losing weight isn’t as easy as popping a few magical pills. But there are a few vitamins you can take to ensure your body is functioning as …

Wellness

The Essential Reading List: Dystopian

Every month in 2018, we’re offering an essential reading list by genre. Those we’ve put together so far include:<p>This month, we’re covering one of the …

Literature

10 Day Hike Essentials You Should Take Every Time You Hit The Trail

Hiking is a great activity — for you or the entire family — and it doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby. In fact, most of us probably have all of …

Hiking

How to Predict Backcountry Weather Conditions

There is a right way to backpack. You should equip yourself with the gear, supplies, and skills that are appropriate for the conditions and your trip objective.<p>Among the conditions that I consider (there are about ten), the weather has an outsized role on my preparations. It affects my clothing, …

Weather

12 Edible Bugs That Could Help You Survive

In many parts of the world, eating bugs is commonplace. Insects are actually the most abundant protein source on the planet, and many of them boast …

Insects

The best lightweight and ultralight hiking and camping gear

Exped Synmat UL<p>Exped have added comfort to a super compact mat to ensure you get a good night’s sleep. The Ultralight mat weighs less than a bag of …

Backpacking

Plan Your First Backpacking Trip

You’ll hear me say this like ten times in the below video, but backpacking is <i>the</i> fundamental outdoor skill if you want to access true wilderness and enjoy the outdoors away from other people. That’s why we made it the first topic for our new series: “Masterclass Outdoors.”<p>As you’ll see, going on …

Backpacking

MSR Makes the Best Backpacking Cook System

I recently wrote about all my favorite lightweight backpacking gear in <i>Outside</i>’s Summer Buyer’s Guide. Buy everything I suggest (plus a few choice extras) and your base weight (all your gear excluding water and food) will be around nine pounds—and you’ll be $1,800 poorer. Going light is expensive, …

Camping

MSR TrailShot Pocket-Sized Microfilter

<b>£38.00</b><p>Brand: MSR<p>EAN 040818093856<p>Weight: 142 g <i></i>No reviews yet<p>The MSR TrailShot™ Pocket-Sized Microfilter is the smartest solution to clean water on …

Trail Running

Amazon Kindle Oasis review: The best e-reader you can buy

There are plenty of options available if you're interested in reading e-books. You can pick up an Android tablet for under $100, load up the Kindle …

Batteries

How to Properly Fit Your Pack

We’ve all been there. You’re ten miles into your first day on trail, and it hits you. The pain started in your shoulders but has slowly moved to your lower back. You grasp for any strap you can reach and wrench it down. Maybe that helps for 30 minutes, or even an hour, but the pain returns with …

Hips

These 18 Post-Apocalyptic Survival Life Hacks Will Keep You Alive At The End Of The World.

No matter what you see on the news, it’s unlikely our civilization is going to crash and burn within our lifetimes. But just because we don’t expect …

Lifehacks

How to Properly Dry Your Gear

Spring has always been my favorite time of year. As the days get longer, adventures get more ambitious. It’s also the time of year known for sketchy weather, leaving you prone to getting wet in the proverbial April showers. Avoid sogginess with these tips.<p>Use That Body Heat<p>When you’re in extreme …

Backpacking

Tips and Training for Long Distance Walking

Do you ever have the urge just to take off walking—and never stop? Taking long, long walks is part of our human makeup. People migrated from place to …

11 Pro Tips for Packing for Your First Backpacking Trip

I’d consider myself a pretty experienced backpacker—last summer, I spent more than three months backpacking 1,000 miles. But it was only two years …

Backpacking

Why You Should Always Use a Sleeping Bag Liner

The sleeping bag liner is one of the most underrated pieces of gear. Most hikers don’t even bother adding this extra layer to their sleep system, but a good liner provides added insulation and warmth to your bag while creating a barrier between your dirty body and the difficult to clean synthetic …

Backpacking

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). …

BEST DIY: 40 Ultimate Backpacking Hacks To Make Your Next Journey Comfortable

“If travelling were free, you would probably never see me,” this has been one of the favourite sayings of people who have been bitten by the bug of …

Backpacking

The Ultimate Day Hike Checklist

You’ve had the date marked in your calendar for weeks now and the excitement of a full day out on the trails is starting to build. The last thing you …

Light & Fast: 14 Ultralight Backpacking Tips

For backpackers, going ultralight is easier (and less expensive) than you might expect. Our contributor stepped back to give tips on reducing pack …

Survival Hacker’s Handbook: An Enjoyable Read That Just Might Stave Off Death

Among the things I’m hoping I never have to deal with are a grizzly bear attack, an avalanche, and being caught in the middle of a flash flood. I …

Books

Take a Hike: Our Thorough Guide to the Best Thru Hiking Gear

Perhaps you were inspired by Bill Bryson’s <i>A Walk in the Woods</i> or by Cheryl Strayed’s account of her transformative trek in <i>Wild</i>. Thru-hiking is most …

The best lightweight camping and backpacking stoves

Jetboil Micromo | £120<p>Best for wild camping and bikepacking adventures<p>The Micromo is the little sister to the popular Minimo stove. It comes equipped …

10 reasons to visit Donegal in Ireland

How can you be in the ‘south’ of Ireland and yet be further north than the most northern part of Northern Ireland? By being in Donegal.<p>It’s remote …

Ireland

The 7 Most Effective Fat-Burning Foods, According to Science

If you’re looking to boost your metabolism, proper nutrition can offer up some easy solutions—outside of the gym. Integrating fat-burning foods into …

Nutrition

9 New Books About Nature & Hiking That You Should Add To Your Summer Reading List

If you're a bookish hiker, then by now you've probably already read John Muir's entire library, as well as Henry David Thoreau's classic <i>Walden</i><i>,</i> Bill …

Books