Adventure Travel

'I Have Snorted Again. Will I Handstand Again?'

Big-wall climber Quinn Brett had sent the Nose on El Capitan eight times. In 2012, she set a women’s speed-ascent record on the route, so she was comfortable with the moves. Sure, she’d fallen, but never on the boot flake, a jutting slab about 100 feet high. As she maneuvered the feature last …

Outdoors

The Fool’s Loop, Arizona

Looking to make a loop out of the Black Canyon Trail? The Fool’s Loop is a four or five day, 234-mile circuit that leaves from downtown Phoenix and …

Bikepacking

Hidden Valley via Mormon Trail Moderate

There is a spot within Phoenix’s South Mountain where a natural and enchanting playground exists. This area, known as Hidden Valley, is a bit more …

Outdoors

Rise of the Phoenix: 2003 BMW F650GS Dakar

In the fall of 2013 I committed an egregious offense. I sold a stunning 2003 BMW R1100S I should have kept forever. I seldom acquiesce to the …

Dakar

Didn't Get Into Western States or Hardrock? Here are 10 Alternatives

This fall, 4,909 runners put into a lottery in hopes of getting one of 369 spots in the 2018 Western States 100, perhaps the most iconic 100-mile …

Trail Running

The Trails That Led Me Here: Part I

Over the summer, I spent almost every day off from work in the White Mountain National Forest. I was waiting for a hiking partner to want to go with …

Outdoors

NASA Star-Tracking Technology Will Help Save Whale Sharks Because Their Skin Looks Like the Night Sky

We are all made of star stuff but some creatures show their celestial origins more clearly than others. The spots on the backs of whale sharks …

Oceans

A daily breakdown of ski events at 2017 Dew Tour

<i>This story originally appeared on POWDER. Words by Jack Foersterling.</i><p>Dew Tour is coming to Breckenridge, Colorado, from December 14-17, packing four …

Skiing

18 amazing countries where you can stay, eat, and tour for less than you live at home

When you ask Americans why they don't travel abroad, the top reason they cite is cost.<p>But once you get on that plane to a cheaper part of the world — Southeast Asia, say, or Central America, or even, yes, Northern Europe — man do the prices drop. You won't realize how rich you are until you land in …

Europe

Mark your calendars for these national park free entrance days in 2018

The National Park Service announced today the 2018 free entrance days to all national parks. It totals four days in which you won’t have to pay an …

National Parks

How Do Hand Warmers Work, Anyway?

Every single year, without fail, I participate in a little winter ritual. I arrive at some snowy place, eager to strap on snowshoes or nordic skis …

Trails

Off-Road Review: 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

When the Wrangler made its début in 1987 as the YJ, Jeep purists poked fun at Jeep’s new prodigy, casting derogatory insults such as “Yuppie Jeep” …

Trucks

Want to Help Save Public Land? Donate to These Groups.

Want to pay less in taxes this year? Want to fight President Trump? Want to save our public lands? Donating to the charities suing to stop his reductions to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments will accomplish all three of those goals. With our public lands under …

Conservation

First Tracks: What’s new with North American ski resorts for 2017/18

Ski season is here for most of us in North America, but that doesn’t mean that your favorite resorts are just waking up from their reverse …

Skiing

Why Roy, New Mexico, is America's Next Great Bouldering Destination

Top-shelf bouldering in the middle of somewhere.<p>0<p>SHARES<p>“We’ve gone the wrong way,” I said. The car’s headlights illuminated an unfamiliar gate at the …

Climbing

I Wanted to Backcountry Ski in Vermont. So I Helped Clear the Trails.

On a crisp Vermont morning in early November I met up with about 50 other enthusiastic skiers and snowboarders who were ready for the coming winter season. There was no snow, so skiing was out of the picture and it would have complicated our objective anyway. We were there to help clean up areas of …

Skiing

Trip Report: Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia | OPG

Located in the highlands of northwest Ethiopia, the Simien Mountains are truly a wonder to behold. Reaching as high as almost 15,000 feet above sea …

National Parks

Hikes of the Week - The Salt Lake Tribune

Park your car at the gate and hike on the road for about 300 feet to where the trail starts on the left side of the road. As you approach the …

Outdoors

Trailfoody is delivering adventure foods to your door

Trailfoody is the latest food-delivery service now serving the outdoor enthusiast. But with so many direct-to-door options, how do you know what's …

Camping

From Alabama to Zion: 5 Photos from a Night Hike to Angels Landing

It finally was happening. I was packing my bags for Utah. This was my second biggest trip this year, the first being Oregon and Washington State.

Nikon D-series

Never Ending Snow Storms Force Silverton Mountain Guides Alaska Heli to Temporarily Suspend Operations Until 12/18/17

<b>Never Ending Snow Storms Force Silverton Mountain Guides Alaska Heli to Temporarily Suspend Operations Until 12/18/17</b><p><i>Incredible amounts of snow</i> …

Snowboarding

OutdoorX4 Mag Presents First Ever Gear Issue

If you haven't had your fill of holiday gear guides just yet, I have another very good one one to share. OutdoorX4 magazine – an outlet that I …

Off-roading

A Solo Sierra Sprint

Traffic tends to wake me up at 4:30AM on the weekends. Not because of the noise or the lights, but because I have a special disdain for sitting still …

Trails

Playing in the Snow at Roan – A Photo Essay

Posted by Jeff on Dec 12, 2017 @ 8:33 am in Hiking, Hiking Blog, North Carolina, Photo Essays, Pisgah National Forest, Roan Highlands, Tennessee | 0 …

Outdoors

Skiing 120,000 vertical feet for Bears Ears

<i>This story originally appeared on POWDER. Words by Matt Hansen.</i><p>On Saturday, Caroline Gleich and a group of skiers took off on their skis in support …

Skiing

Adventure Gold in the Land of Enchantment: 72 Hours in Silver City, New Mexico

They say just getting to Silver City, New Mexico is an adventure and that the locals like prefer it that way.

Trails

Red Dawn in Lapland

It was a frigid January morning on the outskirts of a Finnish military base, 62 miles north of the Arctic Circle.<p>Daylight was still four hours away and would cast off again by midafternoon. Through darkness and gently falling snow, I could see only one of the soldiers skiing in a line ahead of me. …

Outdoors

The Abernathys Were the Original Free-Range Children

When your dad is the youngest U.S. marshall ever, you probably shouldn’t expect to be coddled. For the Abernathy boys, though, that was just fine. On …

Parenting

How Much Will it Cost to Climb Everest in 2018?

Alan Arnette has compiled his annual examination of the costs of climbing Everest and as usual the post is filled with lots of interesting …

Climbing

36 Hours of Adventure: Perpetual Fire in Southern Utah

“Did you know there is a part of Utah that is always on fire?” I gave him my look of pure disbelief as he went on to say, “I guess there are these …

Road Trips