Rick Farrar

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Taste the 27 Best Jerky Products on the Planet

We chowed down on nearly 200 meat sticks, strips, and bars before crowning the best jerkies in the world. Here are our top protein-packed picks

The enigma behind America’s freak, 20-year lobster boom

Drizzled in butter or slathered in mayo—or heaped atop 100% all-natural Angus beef, perhaps? The question of how you like your lobster roll is no longer the sole province of foodies, coastal New Englanders, and people who summer in Maine. American lobster has gone mainstream, launching food trucks …

New England

20-something small, portable campers for backwoods living

Perhaps it's just that we've been paying closer attention to the segment lately, but we've seen a surge of innovative, small camper hardware over the …

Campers

Nest Caravan delivers a monocoque-built glamping adventure

We've seen some impressive new camping trailers out of Oregon this season, including High Camp Trailers and Freespirit. The Nest adds yet another. …

A neuroscience researcher reveals 4 rituals that will make you happier

Actually, don't trust me either. Trust neuroscientists. They study that gray blob in your head all day and have learned a lot about what truly will make you happy.<p>UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb has some insights that can create an upward spiral of happiness in your life.<p>Here's what you and …

Survival Backpack

Looking for an affordable, lightweight backpack that doubles as a shelter, fire kit, rabbit stick and more? Here at Wilderness Awareness School, we …

Backpacking

The Most Misread Poem in America

By David Orr September 11, 2015<p>On Poetry<p><i>Everyone knows Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”—and almost everyone gets it wrong.</i><p>Frost in 1913.<p><i>From</i> The Road Not Taken: Finding America in the Poem Everyone Loves and Almost Everyone Gets Wrong, <i>a new book by David Orr.</i><p>A young man hiking through a forest …

Make Yourself Immune to Secondhand Stress

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Over the past decade, we have learned how our brains are hardwired for emotional contagion. Emotions spread via a wireless network of mirror neurons, which are tiny parts of the brain that allow us to empathize with others and understand what they’re feeling. When you see someone yawn, …

Emotional Intelligence

Instagram Photographers to Follow in All 50 States | TIME

From Maine to California and Florida to Alaska, more than 90 million Americans have joined Instagram since the photography site launched in 2010. …

Asbury Park

10 of the best hiking trails in the US

All you need is a pair of sturdy, comfortable shoes and a spirit of discovery.<p>And it's an activity that can be enjoyed nearly year-round, by young and old.<p>Here are 10 of the best day hikes in the country that don't require an Olympian level of fitness, but will still reward you with incomparable …

8 Ways To Improve Your Focus

Our attention spans are dwindling, but focus is a muscle that you can build if you work on it. Pay attention: Here are eight ways.<p>The average human has an eight-second attention span–less than that of a goldfish, according to a 2015 study from Microsoft. That number has shrunk over the years due to …

Doodling

A Look at Our Inexpensive Vacation in Wisconsin

Last summer, my family went on a rather expensive family vacation in the southeast United States. As is our family tradition, we try hard to balance …

op: Outdoor Clothing, Gear and Footwear from Top Brands

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Jimmy Carter's cancer: What a family history of cancer means for you

<b>Atlanta (CNN) —</b> One look at President Jimmy Carter's family history, and you have to wonder whether he and his relatives live in fear.<p>His brother, father and two sisters all died from pancreatic cancer. His mother had breast cancer that later moved to her pancreas. Now Carter, 90, has melanoma that …

Cancer

Jerry Heller Expresses Himself

At age 8, Jerry Heller was dodging beatings by the Polish kids on the west side of Cleveland. At age 11, he had his first gun: a .26 caliber Mauser a …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.

Literature

20 Things Exceptionally Happy People Don't Do

Try to give up one of each of these behaviors for the 20 remaining weeks of 2015 and I guarantee that you will be more successful and much happier.<p>Many things that we value in life are the result of accumulating stuff; experience, wealth, and education all come from adding more to what we have. By …

Happiness

8 Pieces of Extreme Survival Gear

From heated wetsuits and waterproof down jackets to handheld gadgets, these items are designed to help you survive when all else fails<p>Let's face it, the comforts of modern life can easily make us forget just how wild our planet truly is. And whether we like to think about it or not, emergency …

5 Best Ultralight Backpacks for Long Distance Backpacking

A lot of hikers ask me which backpacks I think are the best for multi-day hikes and long distance backpacking, and time and again, I recommend the …

Ultralight Gear Check For Thru Hiking & Backpacking

<i>by Mike St. Pierre</i><p>Going lightweight is not just a goal for thru hikes and backpacking trips; it’s how I live my life. I believe that refining your …

Backpacking

'Hipcamp' Is Online Guide To Campsites

If you’re hunting for a campsite for the night, Hipcamp is another tool in your arsenal.<p>The website is a guide to campgrounds that covers all …

SectionHiker's Top Hiking and Backpacking Gear Picks - Section Hikers Backpacking Blog

A number of you asked me to publish my top hiking and backpacking gear picks, so I’ve pulled together a list of my favorite gear. I’ve been using …

Pathfinder 4x4 roof tent pops up via remote control

Roof tents in general offer fast, straightforward set-up, a nice alternative to the lengthy pitching processes involved with some of the more …

Wayward Wanderers: The 8 Best Off-Road Camper Trailers

Manley ORV Explore<p><b>Pro:</b> Huge ground clearance can go anywhere your car can<b><br>Con:</b> No burners, shower, heater, or a/c options<p><b>Military Might:</b> Needing to …

8 places to cool off at U.S. national parks this summer

Don't let the summer heat deter you from hitting the road this summer.<p>Though much of the western U.S. has experienced record temperatures this year, …