Business travel can feel so close and yet so far from a vacation. Often, you’re heading off to a new place, all expenses paid. You’re also there to work, not frolic, so it’s not exactly as if you have lots of free time
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Just because it's getting a little chilly outside doesn't mean camping season is over. With these pieces of gear, you'll stay warm, cozy and connected both inside and outside your tent.
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Becoming a minimalist might sound daunting, but it doesn’t mean you have to throw everything away and live in a tiny house out of a suitcase. Bloggers and entrepreneurs who practice minimalism say it’s more of a mindset than anything.
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The new cross-country trail weaves through some of the region’s most famous historic sites. On a recent trip with Experience Jordan, I hiked from Dana to Petra, the UNESCO World Heritage Center, and it was an incredible cultural immersion, physical challenge and peek into the past. Explore how to experience a hike along the Jordan Trail.
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Since 1920, Eddie Bauer has been getting folks outside. And now, they want to know more about what it is that drives you to hike. These five authors, photographers, bloggers, and filmmakers have their own reasons. What are yours?
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When REI started planning out its strategy for its ongoing “Force of Nature” initiative, it didn’t take long to realize how far behind the seemingly progressive outdoor industry has been when it comes to equal representation in advertising: There are so few stock images of women outdoors—especially non-thin, non-white, non-cisgender women—it was a challenge just to pull together mockups of what they wanted to achieve.
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The best underwear is the kind you don’t notice. When you do, it’s probably not doing its job. Finding out mid-run or mid-hike that your underwear just won’t stay in place sucks. A literal pain in the butt.
So with help from four other testers, who wear sizes extra small to large, I set out to find the best options for spending time outdoors. We tried 20 pairs of underwear—hipsters, bikinis, boy shorts, cheekies, and thongs—from nine different outdoor brands. All promised to be the ultimate you’ll-never-go-back underwear.
There is only one thing that can make camping in Colorado even better: the right gear. The best stuff is utilitarian with top-notch design; products that work so efficiently and blend-in so well, you hardly have to think about them. Upgrade your backpacking and basecamping kit with these eight pieces of camping gear that meet that high standard
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There’s been a long-held belief that the subtext of “sustainable” is “brace yourself for sub-par performance.”
But as brands throughout the outdoor industry experiment with food waste, bioplastics, and other non-traditional natural fibers, they’re quickly finding incredible performance qualities inherent to organic materials that consumers have always tossed. From oyster, coconut, and macadamia nut shells to coffee grounds and scraps of cotton literally rescued from the cutting room floor, the next generation of outdoor product innovation isn’t invention—it’s reuse.
With rich history, a flourishing, creative food scene and close proximity to outdoor adventure, Providence, Rhode Island should be at the top of your list for summer getaways this year. Explore what to see, do and eat in this New England city, according to a Rhode Island native.
Bavaria has the world’s most perfect snowflakes. If you hold out your mitten while hiking, you’ll have to do a double-take to make sure you haven’t accidentally collected tiny glass flakes carved by an artist.
Everywhere you look, there is storybook perfection in the shadow of Zugspitze, Germany’s tallest mountain, amid an outdoor culture a bit different from our own. You will, of course, find the stunning vistas you imagine when you think of the Alps: tree branches sagging under the weight of snow, castles jutting out of mountainsides, fog that adds an air of mystery to it all. But, you’ll also often find creature comforts we don’t associate with hiking.
One day in July 2017, the shake machine, which tests water resistant properties of hydrophobic down, had been going for 2,000 minutes. Samantha Lee, a then 21-year-old intern at bulk down supplier Sustainable Down Source (SDS), knew she was onto something. So far, the test results indicated that 33 hours of rain wouldn’t rob the feathers, which had been treated with a eco-friendly Durable Water Repellent (DWR), of their insulating properties.
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On a Thursday night in Boulder, hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts crowd into crooked rows of metal folding chairs amid shelves of shoes, racks of sleeping bags, and a wall modeled after Eldorado Canyon and the Flatirons. They’ve paid $5 to watch a screening of Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey, drink free beer, and get a chance at some Patagonia swag being raffled off.
If you’ve noticed all your favorite ski resorts making major moves to gear up for summer, it’s no coincidence. With so many bad snow seasons in the past few years, the threat climate change is posing to the sport is too serious to keep ignoring, and many resorts are turning to summer ventures to stay profitable as winters get shorter.
When I was asked to guest-edit a series of stories about women for BACKPACKER, I hesitated. At first glance, “women’s months” and “women’s issues” sound like the answer we’ve been looking for, chipping away at the backlog of stories that should have been told years ago. It’s best, I think, to commit to telling women’s stories all year, not on special occasions, and without qualifying an incredible athlete by gender—just calling her a backpacker or adventurer the same way we’d reference a man who achieved the same feat.
But the truth is, there is a backlog, and these talented adventurers deserve to tell their stories. So this week, we're putting them front and center.
Three years after the Camber CEO Pledge, outdoor companies still struggle to find and hire female leaders. The gap is slowly closing, but the lack of focus on hiring women of color is clearer than ever.
I have terrible feet. I did not know this until last fall, when I found out that some persistent heel pain was actually plantar fasciitis, which I didn’t even know you could get if you weren’t a runner. Turns out, I’ve also been wearing terrible shoes.
Around this time, I was planning a monthlong trip to Europe, where I knew I’d constantly be on my feet. I started looking at lists of travel shoes and was disappointed to find espadrilles, heels, ballet flats, and sneakers—nothing that was a do-it-all kind of shoe. I wanted to pack one pair, not seven. So I set out to find the best shoes for the traveler who wants to bring one or maybe two pairs on any adventure abroad.
I didn’t quite find the single “unicorn” pair of shoes I was looking for, but I did get pretty darn close. Here are the best, rated on a scale of one to five horns, where one is a one-trick pony and five is a magical, versatile unicorn.
Everything is bigger in Alaska: Wrangell-St. Elias is the largest national park in the country, almost six times the size of Yellowstone. Even Sarah Ebright, who guides full-time for St. Elias Alpine Guides, hasn’t cracked a double-digit percentage of exploration after five years of working there. She figures she’s seen about 5 percent of the park, and calls that a high estimate.