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The 15 Most Beautiful Places To Visit In California

California dreamin' hard.<p>The Golden State stretches 840 miles long, boasting a truly diverse range of geography. Whether you want to hit the beach, the desert, the mountains, or even an urban city, you can find it all among these most-gorgeous-of-all destinations. Who's down for a road trip?!

California

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

Our Staff’s Favorite Adventure Travel Necessities

Welcome to another installment of <b>Staff Picks</b> from our Outdoors and Fitness team. Every other week, we select our favorite pieces out of the gear …

Adventure Travel

This 6-word sentence will give you complete freedom and high performance

The worst possible advice is to “lower your expectations.”<p>Instead, it is far more powerful to:<p><b>“Expect everything and attach to nothing.” — Carrie</b> …

Self-improvement

8 Rules to Do Everything Better

“Principles are fundamental truths that serve as the foundations for behavior that gets you what you want out of life,” writes investor Ray Dalio in his bestselling book, <i>Principles</i><i>.</i> Dalio focuses on skills like decision-making, investing, and managing organizations. While reading through it, I …

Self-improvement

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

The 10 Best Hiking Trails in America's National Parks

Each year, the American Hiking Society celebrates National Trails Day on the first Saturday in June. On that day, thousands of people across the …

Hiking

7 Plants You Can Eat If You're Stranded in the Wild

1 of 9<p>Edible Plants<p>On the off chance that you find yourself stranded in the wilderness on your next camping trip or hike, don’t panic — there are …

Native Americans

Attention Job Seekers: The Secret To Landing The Role You Want

Mindset is a big factor in success, and just a small tweak can change everything. In a job search, your mindset impacts your entire approach and if you can make this one mantra the basis for your search, you’ll put together an effective strategy that will land you the role:<p>“It’s not about you.”<p>The …

Employment

The Best Hiking Boots of 2018

<i>Last updated June 2018: This guide to the best hiking boots of 2018 provides information on ten hiking boots and eight hiking shoes, and offers tips</i> …

Backpacking

Business Casual Dress Code Guide for Men

As the workplace norms of previous generations continue to adapt to modern times, so too do the dress codes. For proof, consider the men’s business …

Men's Fashion

Get your kicks on Route 66 with these supercool roadmaps

If you were thinking of taking to the highway on your next holiday in the US then these supercool road trip maps might give you some inspiration.<p>The nine minimalist routes were designed by illustrator Ilias Sounas and give eight different options for an excursion across America. They come from …

Key West

6 Types of Knots Every Outdoorsman Should Know

Whether you’re tying your tent’s rainfly down in a nasty storm, lashing your kayak to a well-used roof rack, or making some on-the-trail gear …

Handy

The 100 Reasons to Go Play Outside Right Now

'Go play outside' used to be a dismissal. Now, it's a rallying cry.<p>“Go play outside” used to be a parental dictum intended to keep kids out of dad’s …

National Parks

Backpacking 101: A Guide to Getting Out There

Backpacking is an excellent way to get away from the crowds, access remote destinations, and wake up to epic vistas. It feels great to earn your …

Backpacking

The best cordless stick vacuum

<i>By Liam McCabe and Michelle Ma</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>Power cords got you wound up? If you want a cordless …

Shopping

The 6 Best Off-Road Trailers (Updated for 2018) • Gear Patrol

Thursday, Jun 21, 2018<p>Home is Where You Park it<p>The 6 Best Off-Road Trailers of 2018<p>June 9, 2018 | By Bryan Campbell | Photo by Patriot Campers<p><i>Last</i> …

Off-roading

10 of the Best Places to Hike in the United States

The United States is a huge country with tons of variety, so there’s no shortage of awesome places to lace up the boots, get that blood pumping, and …

Hiking

90s Bands: 10 Forgotten Greats Worth Rediscovering

Ah, <b>the 90s</b>, a decade when the most improbable bands were topping the charts and the most left-field indie acts were courted by the majors. In some …

Universal Music

I Hate Rain Jackets But I Wear This One All the Time

I don’t <i>like</i> rain jackets. This isn’t because I don’t like rain, or getting wet — actually, I love the rain as long as it doesn’t persist for too …

Backpacking

3 sneaky benefits of haters at work (and in life)

Self-Assessment Quiz – True or False:<p>I am aware of my professional worth.<br>• I am observant of my co-workers and our interactions.<br>• I am consistently …

Self-help

20 Hacks That'll Make Your Home Cleaner And More Organized

Line the tops of hard-to-reach cabinets with paper grocery bags so instead of dusting, you can just replace the bags.

DIY

10 Truths to Keep You Going When Everything Goes Wrong

<i>“Today, on my forty-seventh birthday, I reread the suicide note I wrote on my twenty-seventh birthday about two minutes before my girlfriend, Carol,</i> …

Self-improvement

Tutorial: How to predict backcountry weather conditions || Methods & sources for short & long trips

Lost Tribe Lakes in Colorado’s Indian Peaks Wilderness after a violent afternoon monsoon stormI have said this before, and continue stand by it: …

Weather

The Best LinkedIn Summaries And Advice On How To Make Yours Shine

Over the past decade, I have probably read tens of thousands of LinkedIn profiles as part of the work I do to help companies maximize the value of LinkedIn. Your profile is so important to your career success (it is often people’s first impression of you) that you should make more than a cursory …

Employment

8 Simple Tips That Will Improve The Way You Use Email

Ask any of the members of my team, and they’ll tell you my favorite kind of email is just “Hey, can we hop on the phone? Call me when you have a chance.” I’ve always been much better and more comfortable talking in person or over the phone with others, but I live in the year 2018, and email is a …

Productivity

The 5 Best Portable Jump Starters

Sunday, Jun 17, 2018<p>To-Go Juice<p>June 1, 2018 | By Eric Adams | Photo by Noco<p>Jump-starting cars has always been a bit of a hair-raising experience. …

Gear & Gadgets

4 Days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

California is fortunate to be home to nine national parks (yes, nine!), more than any other state.<p>With such a plethora of natural and national …

National Parks

Colin Fletcher, the Father of Modern Backpacking

Lieutenant Colin Fletcher looked up from the soggy gray paper bags leaking ropy streams of yellow vomit into the bilge water swirling around his …

Hiking

5 Trails To Escape June Gloom in L.A.

Full disclosure — we here at Modern Hiker love our June Gloom. Technically called the marine layer but sometimes also called the May Gray — or in …

Hiking