The Adirondacks are a wilderness area as bottomless as any other on the East Coast, filled with untainted pockets of forest located miles away from any sense of civilization. Here, trails twist like tunnels through old growth and virgin forests alike, packed dense enough that it's generally only bears and moose who tend to navigate them. Among the most revered of these trails that tunnel their way through northern New … Read more >>
For many of us, menu planning for a backpacking trip is a last minute consideration. Stop off at a grocery on the way up to the mountains and grab the essentials: mac and cheese, ramen, oatmeal, and, of course, bars, bars, and more bars. But the longer your hike (around the third day of a backpacking trip is usually when it becomes tough to eat another energy bar), the more … Read more >>
In honor of his upcoming attempt to do the Long Trail in 10 days, Chris Reamer—our very own ultralight backpacking OGExpert—sat down to field some of your Instagram questions about going ultralight. If you’ve ever wanted to take the plunge into gram-counting, toothbrush-cutting, weight-weeniedom, these are the answers you’ve been looking for.Q: What trails have you hiked?
A: I hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2015, the Long Trail in … Read more >>
For climbers, an “endless summer” would be a waking nightmare. As the temperatures rise and, in many parts of the country, humidity increases, rock becomes hotter to the touch and chalk turns to paste on sweaty palms. Crags that are prime for climbing in the spring and fall are suddenly off-limits since no one wants to belay a buddy in the glaring sun all day.
But in a few magical … Read more >>
Every year, more and more outdoor enthusiasts are discovering the appeal of bikepacking. It’s an incredibly immersive way to see the country—no shuffling on and off tour buses or watching the miles whiz by from a car window. Plus, it’s cheaper than most motorized travel, it’s a great way to get your exercise in every day, and it’s almost guaranteed to earn you some bragging rights.
The East Coast is … Read more >>
Anyone who spends time outdoors understands the importance of protecting our wild spaces. In a time where public lands are under attack and recreational value seems to come secondary to commercial value, it is more important than ever to promote education, use, and most of all, the stewardship of the places we play.
Each summer, individuals known affectionately as “caretakers” commit themselves to life in the outdoors. They live without … Read more >>
“Where is it? It has to be here somewhere.”
I was standing in a parking lot in Yellowstone National Park staring at a mess of gear strewn across the pavement.
“Where’s the rainfly for the tent?”
One thousand miles away in my apartment in Dana Point, Calif., that’s where it was. Because I didn’t double-check all of my gear before I departed for Wyoming, I didn’t realize the rainfly was … Read more >>
The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is the longest canoe trail in the Northeast. Stretching for a grand total of 740-miles, it winds from Old Forge, New York, to Fort Kent, Maine, passing through the vast Northern Forest, New England villages, and rugged scenery. Paddling it end-to-end means navigating twenty-two rivers, fifty-eight lakes, and over a dozen watersheds, ducking into Canada and traversing wide swaths of backcountry.
Of the eighty-seven paddlers … Read more >>
For some skiers, spring is a tragic emergence of tulips and aspen leaf buds. In a fairer version of the universe, as they may see it, winter powder days would still be going strong. But other skiers embrace spring skiing as the last on-snow hurrah before summer sets in.
Spring skiing is its own particular art to master and enjoy. Go in with rookie moves, and you’ll trip all over … Read more >>
The world of telemark skiing is one unfazed by the trends of the retail marketplace and the greater realm of skiing—crusty backcountry curmudgeons will continue to delightedly drop knees on three-pins and leathers until the end of snow. But still, a small cadre of diehard gear-heads and free-heel aficionados have been working the past few years to push the boundaries of the sport.Living On The Edge
NTN bindings have … Read more >>