This is a barren time in the sports calendar. We are in a desolate trough between the international intrigue of the Olympics and the drama and nonsense of football season. I’m goddamn bored. Coincidentally, the National Parks Service turns 100 years old today. Unlike late August, the National Parks are good, and as…
Los Angeles is a special place, geologically speaking: It’s one of a handful of large metropolitan areas that’s bifurcated by mountains. Not just a few big hills—an actual mountain range named the Santa Monica Mountains runs east to west across much of the city—and this week, a 67-mile trail connecting the peaks of…
Picture it: you’re out hiking, shooting some video of beautiful Chilean waterfalls, when the mountain in the background suddenly starts erupting (for the first time in four decades). Frankly, this guy’s reaction is way more subdued and devoid of terrified shrieking than ours would have been.
Whatever you're stressing about right now, try to clear your head by watching this epic video of a mountain climber attacking the Ledge Route of Ben Nevis, Scotland. We're just a small part of this world, it stretches beyond what we can see. Winter is ending, adventures are beginning. Enjoy it!
You want to wear hiking boots to go hiking, right? That may be conventional outdoors wisdom, but often, it's not the right answer. Let's examine the merits of each and try to help you find the right solution.
Mount Hua is a picturesque mountain that stretches 7000 feet into the sky in China with a plank walk that's absolutely terrifying even with a harness on. So naturally, Mark Laurence decided to remove his harness and take a stresful stroll on the impossibly narrow path.
This bridge over the San Gabriel River outside of L.A. was built in 1936 but devastating floods washed out the canyon and the road to it was never completed. The popular "Bridge to Nowhere" hike is nine miles round-trip and on weekends, hikers are greeted by the screams of bungee-jumpers. [@ZachBehrens, KCET]
From Mexico and all the way up to Canada with something called the United States of America in between. One man, Tyler Fox, decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail and make his way completely through the US. That would be a 2,600 mile hike through California, Oregon and Washington. Here's what he saw.
When shopping for that special someone who loves the great outdoors, it's easy to be overwhelmed. There are so many companies and so many items with so many different features that it's hard to know where to start. That's why we thought we'd kickstart this party with some of our favorite camping gear. We hope H.D.…
As you battle your way into the great outdoors on a hike or camping excursion, you need both hands free for pushing away branches, or fighting off wildlife—not handling a compass. So to guarantee you're still headed in the right direction, this vibrating compass will always keep you aware of true north, without…
Like having a set of snow chains on your feet, nothing makes traversing winter's icy conditions easier than metal spikes on the bottom of your boots. But indoors, they can really tear up the floors and carpeting. So Germany's Meindl has created the perfect compromise: spiked boots with a geared mechanism to retract…
There's nothing quite like a nice hike through a snowy wonderland in the dead of winter. There's also nothing quite like busting your ass on the ice when you do it. Boot chains can help keep you upright, but there's no need to shell out for a pair when you can just whip up your own for a lot less.
Backpacking gear was my original obsession with technology. For even the most minor update to my kit, I read dozens of reviews, talk to my expert comrades, and then finally try it out myself.
When you're hiking, space in your backpack is precious. So Mammut's T-Trail + Ambient Light Dry Bag combines your headlamp and a bag into a relaxing little light for your campsite to save you space.
When you're trekking through the great outdoors in the middle of the night, you need your hands free for reading maps, clearing obstacles, and fighting off bears. So Petzl's new Nao headlamp makes all the brightness and focus adjustments for you.
Technically, the Snow Peak SnowMiner LED Headlamp is for hiking in the dark. But when you see the words snow and headlamp together, can you think of anything besides snowboarding in the dark?
The Zilch by Teva is a sport sandal for minimalists, and it lives up to its name. With a thin footbed and highly flexible design, you'll want them mostly for casual hiking and camping. Plus you can fold them away at a whim.
Last week, Apa Sherpa made it to the summit of Mount Everest for a record-breaking 21st time. This "Super Sherpa", who now lives in Utah, has climbed for the past several years with the Eco Everest Expedition, a team with a "leave no trace" outdoor ethic dedicated to cleaning up Everest. The group has brought down…
Pay no attention to the brawny, soul-patched woodsman in this picture! Instead look behind him to the Monowalker, a sort of reverse wheelbarrow that lets you pull 100 pounds of gear with relative ease.