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Opinion: Down With Cairns

Do we need trail markers where they’re not needed or wanted? Cairns lead (or mislead) in the Southwest. I hate ducks. Not our gentle, feathered brethren, but the rock piles left all over the backcountry by well-meaning Samaritans who want to show other hikers the way. Dear cairn-builders, I appreciate your thoughtfulness, but I don’t […]

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Stranded in the Alpine Zone

Shuei Kato, 37, survived wind, cold, and hallucinations for four days in the Colorado backcountry in October, 2017. Nothing looked familiar, and yet, it all did. I thought I was headed in the right direction, but when no trail appeared, I realized something was wrong. By the time I turned around to retrace my steps, my […]

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Caldwell Woods Hosts Rally Following Racist Incident

Des Plaines resident charged with hate crime following June 14 verbal abuse Activists and other Chicago residents hosted a peace rally featuring drummers and a picnic at Caldwell Woods, a month and a half after video showed an intoxicated man berating a woman for wearing a t-shirt displaying the Puerto Rican flag. The man, identified […]

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Why National Parks Are the Best Summer School

As kids across the country head back to class, Lisa Jhung reflects on the joys of being a student of nature. Junior rangers in training Like most outdoor parents, I had heard about the Junior Ranger programs in national parks. But until we arrived in Grand Teton, got our booklets and started digging in, I […]

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YETI Panga 100

Having conquered coolers, YETI brings its bomber aesthetic to drybags. The Panga is for paddlers who like their trips wet and wild: We filled it with sleeping bags, clothing, and other must-stay-dry gear for a trip down Utah’s Class III and IV Westwater Canyon, on the Colorado River, and had no qualms about dunking it […]

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Hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail

Lake Tahoe is 122,200 acres of cobalt blue water, and reflections of the Sierra. The best way to get to know it: The Tahoe Rim Trail. Get ready to hike with our guide to preparing, buying gear, and travelling the 165-mile loop. Fallen Leaf Lake, South Lake Tahoe Lake Tahoe is 122,200 acres of cobalt […]

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Danner Mountain 600 EnduroWeave

Sometimes, being a ’tweener is a good thing. The EnduroWeave combines the protection and stability of a mid-cut boot with the low weight and nimbleness of a low-top hiker. Sometimes, being a ’tweener is a good thing. The EnduroWeave combines the protection and stability of a mid-cut boot with the low weight and nimbleness of […]

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14 Round-the-Mountain Hikes You Need to Do

We’re all for tagging summits, but the best way to experience a peak? Hike around it. You’ll see a mountain’s many faces on a single, peak-circling loop. These 14 trips circumnavigate the best of the best. See Mt. Rainier’s northeast face from the Wonderland Trail, near Sunrise Rim. Wonderland Trail, Mt. Rainier National Park, WA […]

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The Ultimate Mountaineering Kit

Steep slopes and snow make for fun—but hazardous—terrain. Bring the right gear to get to the summit and back. HELMET: Mammut Wall Rider All-foam helmets are light and safe, but they don’t last over years of hard climbing. The Wall Rider combines the low weight of a foam interior with the durability of a polycarbonate […]

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Hiking Angels Landing in Zion National Park

It’s one of the classic day hikes of the United States—and with views like this, it’s easy to see why. The view from Angel’s Landing is more than worth the hike. Ed Note: The Angel’s Landing trail is currently closed after damage from severe storms. Check current conditions on Zion’s website.  When you’re climbing the […]

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