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Am I Ready to Sleep Outside?

Wednesday April 23, 2014

If you're not the outdoorsy type, taking your first dayhike can feel like a giant leap outside your comfort zone. But once you're hooked on hiking, you're only a few short steps from making -- and enjoying -- your first overnight backpacking trip, too. Read More...

Here Comes the Sun!

Sunday April 20, 2014

Food -- check. Water -- check. Emergency shelter, even if it's just a space blanket -- check. But sun protection? In my totally non-scientific opinion, sun protection is one of the most commonly neglected components of the ten essentials. And that's a big mistake. Read More...

Making the Most of a Guided Hike

Saturday April 19, 2014

If you're brand new to hiking, taking a guided hike is a great way to build confidence and inspiration, getting farther afield than you may have felt comfortable going on your own. But even experienced hikers shouldn't automatically poo-poo the idea -- if you're exploring a totally new climate or terrain type, taking a guided outing to learn the ropes from a local is actually a pretty good idea. Read More...

What's That? It's a Bird, It's a... Yup, It's a Bird.

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Ptarmigan in alpine tundraBirding and hiking enjoy a nice synchronicity. It's easy (almost obligatory!) for a hobbyist of either activity to pick up the other as a habit -- and from a hiker's viewpoint, it's exciting to have some idea of what that beautiful winged creature you're watching -- or listening to -- may be. Read More...

Coming Next Weekend: Free Access to All National Parks!

Saturday April 12, 2014

According to the good folks at the National Park Foundation, "every American is less than 100 miles from a national park experience." Well, I know some folks in rural Alaska who would disagree with that! Read More...

Zip-Up Gaiters? Sure, Why Not!

Friday April 11, 2014

Earlier this year, the folks at Hillsound approached me about reviewing their Super Armadillo Nano gaiters. Read More...

Clothing Wars

Thursday April 10, 2014

A t-shirt and jeans may be quintessential city wear on your days off, but that doesn't really cut it in the woods. Even in warm climates, cotton can leave you uncomfortable -- or worse, hypothermic -- if it gets wet. So what are you supposed to wear instead? Read More...

The Problem With Camp Hammocks (and How to Solve It)

Monday April 7, 2014

Camp hammocks are one of the most divine ways of spending a night under the stars -- but believe it or not, just crawling into the hammock with your sleeping bag isn't always enough. Unless you're in a very temperate climate, you still need a sleeping pad to stop heat loss through the bottom of your body, where your weight crushes your sleeping bag's insulation into near-uselessness. Read More...

A Gateway to Hiking

Saturday April 5, 2014

A view along the boardwalk over Potter Marsh near Anchorage, AlaskaHardcore hikers may be tempted to poo-poo stand-alone boardwalks -- the type you drive right up to, walk out on, then turn around and come back. "Poo," they might think. "You never actually get anywhere!" or "Poo! you're not even walking on the actual ground!"

To a certain point, I agree

Look Up!

Friday April 4, 2014

You probably already plan your hikes around the seasons, maybe even the phases of the moon -- and in some places, the crowds. But what about the stars?

Even if you're not remote enough to see the Milky Way, there's no better place than the backcountry to take in meteor showers, lunar eclipses and planets glimmering closer than usual in the night sky -- all of which are in store for April. Check out this video that tells (and shows!) you what to look for: April 2014 skywatching video.

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