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Seven Things You Need to Layer Properly

Fall is, without question, the best time of year to go backpacking. If you can squeeze in a trip before it gets too cold, you’ll be rewarded with crisp air, gorgeous views, and a lot less sweat—triple bonus. <br>You probably already know that layering is the key to staying happy when you’re in the …

Backpacking

8 most romantic camping destinations in America

The most romantic camping destinations in the US are all about sharing the love of the outdoors with someone special!<p>As long as your love’s idea of …

Hiking

The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 Thru-Hiker Survey - The Trek

This is the third year in a row I have surveyed hikers about their footwear, and for the third time, it seems be the trickiest gear selection. Just …

I transformed my Jeep into a moving house to travel Africa for 2 years — here's what it was like to build

A few years ago I drove a Jeep from Alaska to Argentina. I learned a lot on that trip about where I want to go and what kind of vehicle I want to live in.<p>After years of saving and planning, I bought a 2007 four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon to turn into a house on wheels to drive around …

Off-roading

Where to Sneak In a Ride at Popular Family Vacation Destinations

Some of the coolest rides around can be found near popular family vacation spots. Here are a few to keep in mind if you’re hoping for some saddle time the next time your whole squad takes off.

New York City

Overland Skills: Selecting a Campsite – Expedition Portal

"Mayday, Mayday, Mayday," Lost At Sea In Folding Kayaks

At 4:10 a.m. on Friday April 22, an Uber driver dropped Emilio and I off at the entrance of Abalone Cove Shoreline Park in Palos Verdes, California—along with our two Oru Coast Kayaks. At 6:30 a.m., we launched the 16-foot-long corrugated plastic origami vessels into the surf, with our sights set …

Coast Guard

Car camping 101: How to sleep in your car this summer | Adventure Sports Network

Whether it be chasing swell, or chasing festivals, having a dialed car sleeping setup will have you on the move (for cheap) this summer. Photo: Kade …

Salt Lake City

To the Top of Texas! Guadalupe Mountains National Park

<i>On the road to Guadalupe Mountains National Park! Photo credit: Jonathan Irish</i><p>Have you heard of the term "highpointing"? That is the name given to the quest of outdoorsman seeking to climb the highest peaks in each of the 50 states in America. At Guadalupe Mountains National Park in northeast …

National Parks

The Best Wi-Fi Hotspots for Road Warriors

Wi-Fi hotspots offer a convenient way to keep your laptop, tablet, and all other connected devices online without draining your smartphone's battery and data plan. We've rounded up the best picks available on- and off-contract.<p>Even though we've listed the full price of the Wi-Fi hotspots on this …

Gear & Gadgets

14 Beautiful South Carolina Destinations To Visit Before You Die

Smiling Faces, Beautiful Places!

South Carolina

Top 10 Ultralight Backpacking Foods

<b>The best ultralight backpacking foods are</b> lightweight, non-perishable, high in calories, require minimal prep and taste good enough that you want to …

Backpacking

How to Protect Yourself from Poison Ivy

With warmer days on the horizon, here's how to keep yourself itch-free<p>Riding trails in the woods is an excellent way to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather—until you return home with a red itchy rash all over your ankles, arms, and butt.<p>Poison ivy, oak, and sumac can cause some really itchy …

Immune System

My 12lb Baby: The Gear List - The Trek

Ahhh, everyones’ favorite post: the gear list! Here she is in all her glory! We’ve come a long way, this gear list and I. It seems like just …

Backpacking

How To Use Your iPhone GPS For Hiking In The Wilderness

Using Your Smartphone GPS for HikingTravel TipsWould you be surprised if I told you my favorite piece of backpacking gear is my smartphone? I love …

Travel Gear

Camp Security – Are You Worried About Having Your Stuff Ripped Off When Backpacking?

It’s easy to get a quick read on the trustworthiness of the people you meet at a shelter after a short conversation.Had a good question from a reader …

Backpacking

Virgin Islands National Park, Multi-sport

<i>St. John National Park is a water lover's paradise. Photo credit: Jonathan Irish</i><p>About 60 percent of the island of St. John where Virgin Islands National Park is located is protected parkland, and that excludes the 5,650 acres of parkland area that is submerged beneath the water surrounding its …

National Parks

5 Easy Steps for Perfect Homemade Dehydrated Backpacking Meals

by Austin Campbell February 06, 2016 2 Comments<p>Feed Your Hiker Hunger with a Homemade Dehydrated Meal<p>One of the joys of backpacking is a hearty meal …

A Basic Guide To Cheap Outdoors Gear For Broke Adventurers

On a budget but still want to be comfortable and safe on your outdoors adventures? Here's a guide to what you need to spend money on, what you don't …

The Best Backpacking Food

Extended time in the backcountry often equates to a dry diet. Learning how to cook well in the wilderness is an art that doesn't come quickly but can …

Camping

Top 10 Snacks for Hiking • Health Fitness Revolution

You’ve done it. Your heart’s pumping hard and fast and your lungs are screaming for air as both your back and legs feel ready to collapse. But you’ve …

Nutrition

Road Disc Brakes: Never Make These 5 Mistakes

Help your brakes work better and last longer by avoiding these common errors<p>The bad news about road disc brakes? There isn’t any, really, as long as you avoid these five common mistakes that apply to any bike’s disc brake, shared by Nate Newton, a technical rep for SRAM.<p><b>1. Touching the rotor’s</b> …

Fish

A city in Kentucky is turning parking tickets into a way to feed the hungry

We're all too familiar with the feeling: You approach your car only to see the blaring neon slap in the face waiting on your windshield — a parking ticket, the only thing that will ruin your day faster than running into your ex.<p>After getting mad at yourself for your double-digit mistake, the anger …

Homelessness

Migrant boat crisis: the story of the Greek hero on the beach

One compelling image has come to represent all the Greek people who treated desperate migrants like fellow human beings<p>It was an image that came to symbolise desperation and valour: the desperation of those who will take on the sea – and the men who ferry human cargo across it – to flee the ills …

Heroism

How OneWeb’s Satellite Internet Could Weather Future Disasters

The founder of the OneWeb satellite venture says his mission is to bring affordable Internet services to the entire globe — and that also means beefing up the connectivity for the first responders and survivors facing deadly disasters like Cyclone Pam.<p>That powerful storm ripped through the Pacific …

Internet of Things

Travel the World With a Backpack | The Art of Manliness

All images taken by Dave Danzeiser.<p><i>Editor’s note: This is a guest post by David Danzeiser.</i><p>I hung up the phone with the travel agent. I had just …

Backpacking

The best iPhone apps for great outdoors

If you are looking to visit some of the national landmarks and parks, then this is the app for you, complete with location, opening hours, and more.<p>A …

ZEROHOUR RELIC XR, for all your portable charger in a tactical flashlight needs

Another nifty idea that graced the floors of CES last week, was a convenient, multi-purpose portable charger built into the form of a tactical flashlight. The ZEROHOUR RELIC XR is well on its way to graduating from idea to store shelves with its ongoing Kickstarter campaign.<p>Amy Truong and Aaron Son …

Gear & Gadgets

A beginner's guide to the art of hiking

A walk in the park is one thing, but a wilderness hike is another. Go too far, choose a route too tough, set off without appropriate gear or the right preparation, and an outdoor adventure can turn ugly and maybe even dangerous.<p>Here are some top tips for beginners in the art of hiking.<p>Choose the …

Camping