Thru Hiker Q&A: Everything You Need to Know About Hiking the AT (Not Really)

It’s early March, and intrepid backpackers across the country are making final preparations for northbound—NOBO—thru hikes of the Appalachian Trail.

To get in the spirit of the season, we hosted an AMA on reddit, where 5 of our resident thru hikers (3 NOBOs, 2 SOBOs) answered questions from, jib-jabbed with, and gave gear recommendations to any redditors who had hiker-trash aspirations of their own—and we’ve gathered our favorite Q&A’s for … Read more >>

Why Snowshoeing is Cool

Why Snowshoeing is Cool

Stay with me here, guys.

I know that snowshoeing is sometimes treated like the red-headed stepchild of winter activities. I’m a red-headed stepchild myself, so I don’t throw the term around lightly.

Snowshoeing is slow, deliberate, and often done as a means to an end: a way to traverse terrain so you can do something more conventionally adrenaline-fueled, like snowboarding.

But it’s not fair to write off snowshoeing as something … Read more >>

The Golden Trinity of Après Spring Skiing

With March just around the corner, warmer weather and more sunlight means you get to spend more time at the mountain. Pretty great, right? Well, before you go gallivanting off with visions of pond skimming dancing in your head, check out these essential items that you might not have known to take with you.

Trust me, they’re sure to make you the coolest guy or gal in the resort parking … Read more >>

New Knowledge Page: How to Choose Nordic Skiing Gear

How to choose nordic skiing gear

Want to get into nordic skiing? Don’t know where to start? Check out our latest knowledge page! In it, we break down the different styles of nordic skiing and the gear you’ll need to get out on some groomed tracks or into the backcountry.

Read more: How to Choose Nordic Skiing Gear »Read more >>

Tele’s Not Dead

Tele skiing's not dead man

A question I get asked—a lot—is, “Why do you tele ski?” This question is often paired with clichéd remarks like, “Fix the heel, fix the problem,” or, “Tele’s dead, bro!”

That old chestnut.

As a matter of fact, tele’s not dead, bro, and here’s why:

It’s immune to forced obsolescence

Look, tele’s been surviving for decades with very little change. You don’t buy a pair of Scarpa T4’s one season … Read more >>

Why Train For Climbing?

Training for Climbing

To Defeat Boredom, Conquer Plateaus, and Get Motivated, That’s Why

We all want to send harder grades, right?  

Well, yeah.


But that’s not the only reason to get into a serious training regimen. To be honest, I started training because, well, I got bored.  I’d been climbing for nearly a decade, and had traveled all across the country, experiencing different kinds of rock and the styles of climbing Read more >>

Hydro Flask Presents: 4 Hot Vermont Cocktails to Keep You Warm This Winter

We’re deep into January at this point, and the east coast is clawing their way out of one of the most brutal arctic breakouts in years following Winter Storm Grayson’s Cyclone Bomb.

Naturally, our thoughts turn to drinking.

Whether you’re out snowshoeing, skinning in the backcountry, or just huddled inside with a good book, these drinks are guaranteed to take the edge off what has been a bitingly chilly season. Read more >>

Road Tripping: The Car Camper’s Guide

Why is it that so many Americans feel a calling to the open road?

For me, it was the combination of 58 national parks and an infrastructure with over 4 million miles of roadway—pretty simple.

Whatever your reason is for taking to the road, know that there are many ways to go about it. Sprinters, Volkswagen Microbuses and even converted school buses abound on Instagram—I think we collectively hit Peak … Read more >>

From Gym to Crag: Tips for a Plastic Puller’s First Route Outside

So, you’re making the jump. You’ve honed your skills, you’ve built your strength, and your local gym feels a little small, a little boring. You’re ready to spread your wings and go outside.

Heading to the crag for the first time after only climbing in the (albeit noisy and crowded) clinical setting of a gym can be intimidating, and the opportunities for a beginning climber to commit a faux-pas … Read more >>

5 Rain Jackets That Won’t Break the Bank

It’s the one piece of gear that you absolutely must have no matter the length of your trip, the weather forecast, or weight of your pack. When a sudden summer squall hits, having a rain jacket can make or break your time in the wilderness.

But a lot of them are pretty dang expensive.

Read on for our top picks for rain jackets that are not only functional, but aren’t … Read more >>

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