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 >>

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Published:October 9, 2017 View Post

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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 >>

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Published:August 1, 2017 View Post

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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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Published:June 1, 2017 View Post

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New Black Diamond Climbing Gear for Spring 2017

Black Diamond Equipment has been the gold standard in climbing gear for a long time; you’ll find their Camalots or carabiners on most every trad climber’s rack. Building on the success of their storied legacy in hardgoods, Black Diamond continues to develop the breadth and scope of their gear offerings. Here are some this season’s standouts, from their venture into climbing ropes to the refinement of their climbing packs.

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Published:March 22, 2017 View Post

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So you want to start run commuting: 4 Essential items

Run commuting is an oft-overlooked “third way” of getting to work, provided you don’t live an unreasonably long distance from your job. While bike commuting gets all the press, getting your runs in to and from work is a great way to mix your workouts up and to do your part for ol’ Mother Nature. Besides your normal running wear, you’ll need a combination of specialized gear, hygiene supplies, and … Read more >>

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Published:March 20, 2017 View Post

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Best Trail Running Gear for Spring 2017

Spring is almost here, and with it, the call to get out on the trail becomes almost deafening. It doesn’t make it any easier that the new season also brings hot new gear from our favorite brands, either. Read on for some 2017’s top gear picks for trail running and build your stoke for warmer weather.

1. Arc’teryx Norvan VT Trail Running Shoes

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Published:March 13, 2017 View Post

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Resort Day

Resort Skiing

There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction derived from, as they say, “earning your turns.” Untracked snow and crowd-free explorations are major perks to getting your fill of pow off-piste.

That said, skiing groomed trails still holds plenty of appeal for a variety of skiers and snowboarders.

Perhaps you’re a backcountry skier looking to enjoy a little Type 1 fun. Maybe you’re a weekend warrior escaping the city life for a … Read more >>

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Published:February 19, 2017 View Post

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5 Valentine’s Day Gifts for your Backcountry Squeeze

This Valentine’s Day, skip the tired, lazy tradition of flowers, chocolates, and jewelry and get your better half something that you’ll both actually want to use. After all, you both love the outdoors, right? That’s why you’re together, right? That’s why you’re shopping on this website, right? Reading this blog?

1. The Nemo Mezzo Loft Duo

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Published:February 9, 2017 View Post

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Premier Gear: Meidjo Telemark Bindings

The M Equipment Meidjo 2.0 Telemark Binding

For the tele skier who wants it all.

The M-Equipment, brainchild of French mechanical engineer Pierre Mouyade, has delivered version 2.0 of its highly innovative Meidjo binding. Merging a Dynafit-style low-tech toe piece with an NTN-style “duckbutt” second heel, these step-in bindings not only tour extremely efficiently, they tackle the downhill with equal gusto, offering fantastic lateral rigidity (and therefore edge control) and smooth telé-rêsistançe with their adjustable springbox. … Read more >>

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Published:January 27, 2017 View Post

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Brand Spotlight: Mountain Khakis

Mountain Khakis’ mission is simple, to-the-point, and most importantly, authentic: They want to be the best damn mountain-inspired lifestyle brand.

Period.

It’s not an uncrowded field these days, however, with companies popping up like mushrooms after a spring rain all offering a similar pitch–for the millenial #vanlifers, for the climbing bum, for the spirit of wanderlust that burns bright in today’s young and “gainfully unemployed.”

So what makes Mountain Khakis … Read more >>

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Published:November 30, 2016 View Post

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