All The Neat Stuff You Can Do With A Hatchet, Safely

You know the book. A kid winds up in the forest with nothing but a small hand axe and figures out how to survive. A hatchet is one of the most versatile tools you can take with you in the outdoors, this is how you use one and how you'll manage to keep all your fingers and toes when you do. » 3/25/15 7:31pm Wednesday 7:31pm

​The Tastiest Berries That Grow Wild In North America

Picking your own food in the wild produces no easier or tastier result than it does with berries. And there's more than you might think out there, both in terms of sheer volume and types. Here's how to find the good ones. » 3/20/15 4:33pm 3/20/15 4:33pm

How to Find the Perfect Sleeping Bag

The foundation for comfort outdoors, a sleeping bag is probably the most essential item of camping gear. But, they now come in a lot of styles. Mummy, rectangle, quilt, synthetic, down and backed or backless. Which is right for you?
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A Beginner's Guide To Doing Drugs In The Outdoors

Going outdoors is an intense reminder that we're part of something larger. In moderation, drugs can enhance that connection, help you enjoy the sights and sounds and feelings even more, and help you push reset on all the craziness involved in modern life. Want to try them sometime? Here's how to get started. » 2/18/15 5:05pm 2/18/15 5:05pm

A Brief History Of Star Wars Canon, Old And New

When a franchise is around for four decades, it can get impossibly unwieldy to try and grasp its lore — and Star Wars canon is no exception. Here's a guide to the origins of Star Wars Canon, the rise and fall of one of the most prominent Expanded Universes in fiction, and where the saga stands with Disney today. » 2/02/15 1:30pm 2/02/15 1:30pm

36 Hours of Glaciers and Steam in Iceland

I just visited Iceland for the first time! But, due to airport chaos, I was only there for exactly 36 hours. Here's what I learned from my short trip, camping out on ice and dunking myself in the country's steaming hot springs. » 2/02/15 4:00pm 2/02/15 4:00pm

Confused By The Spider-Verse Comic Event? Here's What You Need To Know

You might have heard about Spider-Verse before - probably something about how crazy it is, or who cameoed where, or a few new characters. But if you don't follow the comics, it probably all sounds a bit confusing. Here's a brief catchup on what you've missed, and what it means for Spidey's comic future. » 1/22/15 11:00am 1/22/15 11:00am

How To Choose The Perfect Base Layers To Keep You Warm This Winter

Cold? I bet we can fix that. Staying warm in any condition — the office, the commute, a ski slope or in the outdoors — starts with a good base layer. Here's how to find the best ones for your individual needs.
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These Backpacks Can Take You Around The World


We believe in packing light whenever possible. However, some adventures require more stuff. Whether you're climbing Denali or trekking through the rainforest carrying tons of camera gear, you'll need an expedition pack. We tested the two most popular ones available across Norway, Iceland and on a 185-mile hike through…
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​How To Find The Perfect Hiking Boot

The most important item in your outdoor wardrobe, hiking boots grant you the ability to traverse challenging terrain, work to keep your entire body comfortable and supported while carrying heavy loads and help regulate temperature and dryness. They're also a difficult purchase to get right, particularly if you're… » 11/03/14 2:03pm 11/03/14 2:03pm

So You Want To Be An Adventure Photographer...

So you like photography and go on some pretty cool adventures too? Then adventure photography might be for you. We'll teach you everything you need to know to get started. » 10/23/14 1:08pm 10/23/14 1:08pm

​How To Find The Perfect Tent

Is there anything more synonymous with camping than the tent? Whether you're just getting started or looking to upgrade, the shear number of options can be mind boggling. Here's a quick and handy guide to buying the right tent for you. » 8/20/14 6:38pm 8/20/14 6:38pm

What It Takes To Be A Professional Mountain Guide

​So You Want To Go Backpacking For The Very First Time

Want to strap on a pair of boots and head for the mountains? Here's what to take with you, what to leave at home and how to find your way there. » 6/18/14 2:59pm 6/18/14 2:59pm

​How To Find the Perfect Multitool In Six Easy Steps

Fix anything, anywhere. That's the multitool promise, but buying the wrong one can leave you stranded. Here's how to get the right one, the first time. » 5/19/14 11:22pm 5/19/14 11:22pm

Where to hide in case of nuclear attack

This image—found by Erika Engelhaupt—shows the best places to hide in case of a nuclear blast, part of a recent government guide about what to do in case of a nuclear detonation. It's scary to see that the US is still actively considering this risk. » 1/30/14 3:11pm 1/30/14 3:11pm

Five Simple Ways to Keep Your Android Malware-Free

While it's true that Android is a little more susceptible to malware attacks than iOS, the situation isn't nearly as bad as Apple would have you believe. With a little knowledge and a sprinkling of common sense, you can make your device impervious to even the most dastardly of digital assaults. Here's how. » 4/23/13 9:04am 4/23/13 9:04am

Google's Android Design Guide Will Make Your Apps Sooooo Fierce

Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) has made great strides in bringing the look of Android into a more consistent, cohesive form. Google's apps all look and behave very similarly, but now third-party app developers need to adapt. Luckily, Google is providing a map. » 1/12/12 5:34pm 1/12/12 5:34pm

Gizmodo's Guide to IM Etiquette

Everyone has an obnoxious instant messenger friend. If you don't, it's probably you. Our parents didn't come of age in the days of AOL, so it's unlikely that they were able to pass on the finer points of internet manners. » 11/20/11 2:19pm 11/20/11 2:19pm

Army Gets How-To Guide for Zombie Invasion

One day in the not-too-distant future, a mindless horde of cannibalistic killing machines will come shambling through the streets of America. And when that day comes, the U.S. Army will be on it faster than you can scream "BRAAIIIINNSS!" » 6/22/11 10:00am 6/22/11 10:00am