Outdoors – Beyond the Edge

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Exploring Lake Superior’s Spectacular Ice Caves

Millions of years ago, layers of sand were deposited by rivers, which turned into sandstone. Glaciers later transformed the sandstone into several miles of dramatic cliffs and caves along Lake Superior’s southern shore. Superior’s wind, waves, and ice continue to sculpt the sandstone caves of the Apostle Island National Lakeshore in Wisconsin. In the summer,…

Paddle to DC: Pushed to Exhaustion on the Hudson River

Long journeys tend to have a few moments that stand out. Often they are the most miserable points. The points when the thoughts of a warm bed and calling it quits start creeping into the back of your head. Day 74 proved to be one of those moments for Amy and me as we work…

The Hand Hatchet

How much handle do you really need? Gränsfor’s hand hatchet has a 9.5-inch shaft, weighs 1.3 pounds, and can take down small trees if circumstances demand you build an emergency cabin or suspension bridge across a wild gorge. It’s small enough to fit under your car seat, big enough to get the job done. $109…

Paddle to DC: Descending the Mattawa, a River to Remember

Long adventures usually contain a few memories or places that stick with us long after the sore muscles and bumps and blisters are gone. Being approached by humpback whales while kayaking off the coast of Alaska, dogsledding across Great Bear Lake in a blizzard, and sharing stories with a Cinta Larga elder while descending the…

Paddle to DC: Sailing 500 Miles Across Lake Superior

A 20-knot tailwind filled Yemaya’s sails and pushed us east at six knots. Her 27-foot hull rode the waves with ease and we took turns napping and reading between watches. We were sailing along Lake Superior’s “Shipwreck Coast,” also called the “Graveyard of the Great Lakes,” a featureless coastline with few places to find protection…

Paddle to DC: Visiting Basswood Lake’s Ancient Cedar

Two-foot rollers gently lifted the stern of our canoe as we paddled out into the sprawling expanse of Basswood Lake, an iconic lake on the Minnesota-Ontario border in the heart of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico Provincial Park. Together, these two wilderness areas protect over two million acres of interconnected lakes and…

Connecticut: Trout Unlimited

Fish the Housatonic River, considered one of the best trout streams in the East. What Is It? Test your fishing skills along northwest Connecticut’s beloved and beautifully forested Housatonic River. Because managers have created a 10.4-mile Trout Management Area that begins in West Cornwall and have designated another stretch as “fly-fishing only,” this spot provides…

Arizona: Hike Mount Humphreys

  Enjoy unfettered views from 12,633 feet after hiking to the top of the tallest peak in Arizona. What Is It? A moderately strenuous nine-mile round-trip hike to the apex of Arizona, a peak deemed sacred by many southwestern tribes. The Mount Humphreys Trail, located just 14.5 miles outside of Flagstaff, climbs over 3,300 feet…

Microadventures: Seeking Adventure in Your Daily Life

Alastair Humphreys was honored as one of our Adventurers of the Year. He has just published a book called Microadventures. As a young man, I was ambitious. I didn’t want to be rich or famous. But I wanted to go far. As far as I could go. So far, in fact, that when I climbed onto…

Return to Hyalite Canyon: Veterans Build Community That Stretches Beyond Mountains

Temperatures suddenly drop and clouds dominate the skyline. Light rain morphs to flurries. The wind gains strength driving snow sideways through the canyon we’ve called home for the last week. Some hoods go up, but other than that no one seems to notice. It’s business as usual on the last day of the 2nd Annual…