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7 Ideas to Upgrade Your Car Camping Gear

Car camping can be a nightmare junk show of cold feet, bad food and a sore back, or it can be a comfy efficient, experience. The difference is in the gear you pack along with you. These four essentials and three  extra items should improve your time in camp. See our ten favorite camping spots in…

Shorts for the Cooling Days of Fall

A couple years ago, my friend Kevin met me in Jackson Hole for a few days. He was wearing a wool Icebreaker t-shirt with an illustration of a fir tree on it. I saw a lot of that little line-drawn tree—his bags didn’t show up for days and he kept wearing what he’d worn on the…

A Running Belt for Keys, Phone, and More

When you get into a trail running groove, it feels like you’re flying, like you’re a perfect kinetic creature, with nothing of excess or without purpose. That is, unless you’re wearing a sloshing hydration pack or have a phone and keys jingling in a pocket. And while lots of companies have made body-hugging packs and…

Awesome Travel Pillow

Is the secret to surviving long flights powerful sleeping potions? More experienced travelers than I argue so. But I’m not so sure. I’ve found that snoozing through an overnight from North America to Europe or Africa and waking up refreshed depends less on pharmaceuticals and more on positioning your body where and how it needs…

First Women Complete Nolan’s 14, Colorado’s Most Demanding, Obscure Mountain Challenge

Update: We checked with Matt Mahoney, the Nolan’s 14 record keeper, on how the Nolan’s 14 finish is defined. He said: “Like any challenge, the participants make the rules. Traditionally, the clock stops on the last summit.” Yesterday, ultrarunners Missy Gosney and Anna Frost finished Nolan’s 14, meaning they climbed 14 14,000-foot peaks in succession over…

Utah by Dirt: Mountain Biking the White Rim Trail

For Utah by Dirt, four friends find as much Utah adventure as possible accessed by dirt roads. Follow their story on The Adventurists blog. The beautiful inner workings of the desert began to reveal themselves to us the more we kept on pedaling. As we grew tired in the heat, under the brutal mid-day sun, we…

Wear Your Llama (Out?)

It was my eleventh trip over the last 25 years on which I indulged in the luxury of letting llamas carry virtually all my gear. On trips lasting from five to ten days, with those stoic Peruvian camelids packing everything from bottles of wine to folding camp chairs, I’d explored the Wind Rivers in Wyoming…

Skip the Sleeping Bag for a Versatile Comforter/Blanket

Is this a new era in sleeping comfort? Big-wall climber Andy Kirkpatrick has been using a synthetically insulated blanket, not a sleeping bag, for some of his biggest assaults, including a seven-day winter climb of the Eiger. And now comes a new brand, Rumpl, that makes just that — synthetic blankets. Rumpls are, in a…

Avalanche Safety 101: Education, Gear, Community

For two months, I have traveled over 300 hours in the Colorado winter backcountry with one mission: to learn how we can all travel safer in avalanche territory. Statistically speaking, I should have already had some idea. Winter backcountry guides love to joke that women make smarter, less “ego-driven” decisions regarding avalanches and snow travel,…

Alaska’s Lost Coast: Welcome to the Last Frontier

See Cameron Lawson’s previous dispatches on Alaska’s Lost Coast >> A twinge of nervous energy flowed through my body as I entered the small, metal airport terminal in Yakutat in search of my companion for the Lost Coast expedition ahead. Amongst a dispersed crowd of tourists dressed in chic outdoor gear and a handful of…