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The definition of “softshell” has always been fuzzy and ambiguous. And these days it means pretty much whatever a brand wants it to mean. If it’s a shell and it’s softish and it’s not full-on waterproof, it can be tossed in the giant box called softshell. With that kind of fluidity, we as buyers and…

Twenty-five years ago Will Steger led the 3,471-mile International Trans-Antarctic Expedition, the first dogsled traverse of Antarctica (1989–90). Six men from six countries set out on this audacious, seven-month expedition across the harshest continent on the planet. Their goal was to “make Antarctica famous” in order to protect if from development. The Trans-Antarctic Expedition received…

Photo // @timkemple (Tim Kemple) ————————————————- Searching for high ground while exploring Redwoods National Park. A week of torrential rains had left the campgrounds flooded and the miles of hiking trails layered in a thick mud — but when the sun started to burn off the fog, it revealed one of the most electric forest…

It’s an unnerving feeling when solid ground ceases to be such. As I sprawled out on floor in front of the baggage carousel number two, my head rested on my carry-on bag. The metal drum of my stethoscope protruded uncomfortably from the depths of the bag, marring my attempts at sleep. I was trying in…

Will GoPro ever be knocked from its perch at the top of the hands-free camera mountain? Challengers keep challenging, and the latest is TomTom — yes, the GPS maker — which thinks smart editing is the key The Bandit Action Camera attempts to solve one of the biggest hassles of shooting with POV cameras (or…

As humans we busy ourselves with a broad spectrum of pursuits, although the end goal is the same. Everyone is searching for a sense of belonging, purpose, and fulfillment. Whether this is finishing a novel, playing the piano, or skiing the next big line, people want to feel a sense of completeness. This feeling is given to us often in the form of the beauty of…

Our editors are working around the clock to bring the world’s attention to Nepal after the devastating earthquake and aftershocks. Below is a round up of all our news stories, which will continue to be updated, so you can stay informed. Find out how to help with this list of organizations. New Nepal Earthquake Is an Aftershock, And…

The horn blast sounded long and deep, resonating through the thick fog that encompassed our small sailboat. A huge cargo tanker bound for Seattle’s port was out there in the mist somewhere beyond what our eyes could detect. Its position was only notable to us by the GPS unit we watched earnestly from behind the…

When you drive a 25-year-old Volkswagen van, you discover that the ways in which you can break down and become stranded are nearly endless. And this is only a joking matter when you’ve become de-stranded; when you’re still out there, stuck at the trailhead many miles from pavement, a cell signal, or good espresso, it’s…

How to Help Nepal

Whether you have trekked and climbed among Nepal’s majestic peaks or plan to someday, many of our hearts have been touched by the country’s people, culture, landscapes. That’s especially so in light of the earthquake and resulting avalanche that ripped through Everest Base Camp. The most recent aftershock, which triggered devastating destruction and landslides at the base of…