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The Terrible State of Our National Parks—in Photos

Operating our parks is expensive. They’re not moneymaking machines (despite Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke’s desire to make them so). They cost a lot to manage, and the current National Park Service maintenance backlog is at $11.6 billion, a figure that gets bandied about quite a bit and can seem …

SIX THRU-HIKES THAT AREN’T THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL OR APPALACHIAN TRAIL

Thru-hiking long-distance trails is an incredible way to test your mental and physical limits, as well as your ability to pack efficiently and …

Here's How Highly Successful People Make Little Choices Different From the Rest of us

It's simple: If you want to live an exceptional life, you can't behave like everyone else.<p>Everybody has their own definition of success. And most people probably would like to live an above-average life. But the reality is that the vast majority of people never do. Most people live ordinary, …

Get Ready to Work Your Abs and Fire Up Your Core

Let's talk about your core for a moment: it likely needs to be stronger. You need a strong core for just about every activity, from running to dancing, from yoga to heavy lifting. This simple workout is a great way to start building strength — it's great for beginners, too. And let's review: your …

10 Things People Say to You as a Solo Woman Thru-Hiker

It is a well-known fact that there are more men than women in the outdoors, so it’s no surprise that more men attempt thru-hikes than women, …

Hiking

5 Ways to Make Perfect Camp Coffee

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“Overloaded” Backpack, Outdated Gear, and Trail Names

As I rolled into <b>Mollies Ridge Shelter in the Great Smoky Mountains</b> on the evening of Saturday, April 12, 2014, I was pleasantly greeted by a bunch of …

Backpacking

Southwest Road Trip of a Lifetime

Sedona<p>Although Sedona is best known (and frequently lampooned) for its spiritual vibe, it’s not as if the town, with its galleries, upscale …

National Parks

Number One Habit You Need To Develop To Become A Great Leader

It's not just about being authentic, showing integrity and humility.<p>If you want to be a great leader then you need to have great leadership qualities such as authenticity, integrity, humility, etc., and you need to deliver.<p>At the end of the day, great leadership is all about getting results.<p>That …

Doing These 9 Uncomfortable Things Will Pay Off Forever

<i>This story originally appeared on Businessinsider.com.</i><p>What makes someone uncomfortable depends on the person, but what's universally true is the …

US interior chief recommends changes on some protected lands

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Thursday he won't seek to rescind any national monuments carved from the wilderness …

Forests

Saving Money on Hiking Gear and Supplies

There’s nothing quite like going out for a hike to melt away your stress while getting in some solid exercise. That being said, hiking can be quite …

DIY Hacks: Rigging with a dropper loop knot

Want to learn the basics of rigging with a dropper loop knot? Fishermen will use this rig to run bait or jigs close to the bottom, and can design …

10 Fitness YouTube Channels That Will Get You Ripped For Free

From boutique boxing gyms to rage yoga, fitness is becoming increasingly niche – and increasingly expensive to match. We all want the celebrity body …

Instagram Hashtags for Travel Photographers

Travel is a pretty popular photo niche, and interest in these images goes beyond the traditional photography circle. Think: travel companies, …

Backpackers, You Will Completely Lose It Over These Custom-Made Backpacks

A few days ago, I was deep in the underbelly of the internet, digging through some niche backpacking forum, when I came across a name I’d never seen …

Backpacking

Exploring Life's Trails — Metaphorically and Literally | Art of Manliness

One of my favorite things to do in life is to find and hike a trail out in the wilds. I love how a good trail gently leads you through nature. You …

The most breathtaking natural wonder in every state

The third largest country by size in the world, the US contains landscapes as varied as the vast white sand dunes of New Mexico and the watery wilderness formed by trees and marshland in Florida.<p>Picking 50 wonders wasn't easy, but here are the most beautiful natural attractions in each</i> …

National Parks

Torch 400 Calories in 40 Minutes With This Bodyweight Workout

Ready to kick your workout up a notch or two? Try this 40-minute workout designed to burn around 400 calories. It's a bodyweight workout, so you have no excuses! To keep your heartbeat revving, you will need to push yourself, but you got this. Grab a towel and a water bottle, then press play and …

Gear Guide: Your Perfect Campsite Setup

<b>OK—are you going camping this weekend?</b><p>Are you still looking for the right gear? Well we have it: your perfect campsite setup, complete, right …

Camping

Just In: What to Eat When Training for a Marathon

<i>Jess Barron is the vice president and general manager of Livestrong.com. A longtime foodie, she particularly loves heirloom tomatoes, fresh figs with</i> …

The Best Camping Sites to Visit (and What to Eat Once You're There)

Ah, camping. We’ve already discussed its more glamorous sister glamping, but some weekends call for roasting marshmallows over a fire, sleeping in a …

London Marathon 2017: meet Gary McKee, the man running 100 marathons in 100 days

“If you want to enjoy something, run 100 metres. If you want to experience something, run a marathon.“ The words of Emil Zátopek have been endlessly …

“Long live the patriarchy”: One more barrier faced by women in science

In field locations where there are no bathrooms, life can get complicated<p>Lily Cohen<p>April 23, 2017 9:29pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Last week I peed all over myself in the name of studying climate change in Alaska. Gender barriers in science don't always take …

Feminism

London Marathon runner stops 300 metres from finish to help struggling competitor

A London Marathon runner helped an exhausted competitor across the finishing line in an act of sportsmanship that increased his own time.<p>Swansea …

7 Protein-Packed Dinner Recipes That Are Actually Meat-Free

It took a serious health scare to prompt Jean-Christian Jury, an internationally acclaimed French chef, to try veganism. "After years of working …

10 of Canada's best lesser-known national parks

To mark its 150th anniversary, Canada is offering free entry to its stunning national parks. But which to pick? We select 10 lesser-known wildernesses<p>Canada has vast swathes of unspoiled nature, from coasts to mountains to tundra and frozen Arctic deserts. While some of these spectacular landscapes …

National Parks

19 Sugar-Free Lunch Ideas to Bring to Work

You may not think of lunch as being a particularly sugary meal, but between the honey in bread, high-fructose corn syrup in ketchup and salad …

Healthy Eating