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Patagonia National Park
Marty Schnure spent the austral summer of...
Washington
Suppose for a moment that you wanted to begin a life full of outdoor adventures. You’re ready to take up activities like backpacking...
Squamish Canada
The Sea to Sky Highway twists along the shore of Howe Sound just an hour north of Vancouver...
Norway Time-Lapse Video
Few places are as beautiful as Norway. This stunning time-lapse video from Rustad Media is the result 5-month journey...
Cochamo Journals
When it rains in Cochamó, it rains long and hard. Now, it is raining. It has been raining, it is raining, it will continue to...
California Hiking
There is very little about California that hasn’t already been said. Yosemite filled Albert Bierstadt’s canvases and Ansel Adam’s...

Gear Closet

Hiking and Camping Gear Reviews
See our hiking and camping gear picks and in-depth reviews, from clothing and footwear to gear and accessories….
Rain Jackets for Men
Here in the Pacific Northwest, we know a thing or two about rain. From months of daily drizzle to heavy downpours…
Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boots
Appreciated for its light and nimble feel, the original Salomon Quest 4D GTX quickly became...
3-Season Sleeping Bags for Backpacking
Three-season sleeping bags are the most popular choice for backpackers as they offer sufficient warmth…
Scarpa R-Evolution GTX Hiking Boots
Lightweight backpacking boots are a big ticket item these days, as hikers of all kinds appreciate the benefits of cutting a...
Tent for Backpacking
An ideal backpacking tent is lightweight, packs down to a small size, and can be put up and taken down easily...
Backpack for Backpacking
Gone are the days when backpacking consisted of strapping on a huge external frame and lumbering...
Arctery'x Bora2 Mid GTX Hiking Boots
Arc’teryx made the jump into footwear for 2015, and to little surprise, mimicked no one in the process...
Hiking Pants for Women
A great pair of hiking pants can help the miles fly by, with the performance and fit to handle a variety of terrain...

Darkroom

Mirrorless Camera 2015
The mirrorless camera revolution is in full swing. These impressive digital cameras pack large sensors...
Uncompahgre River Valley - Jack Brauer
Jack Brauer is one of the best: his images combine technical mastery with a command for...
DSLR for Beginners 2015
For beginner photographers and those making the jump from a smaller camera, buying a DSLR...
Full-Frame Camera 2015
Full-frame cameras are the best of the best—they have the largest sensors, the most megapixels...
Antarctica
An exceptional look at Antarctica from renowned photographer Christopher Michel...
Loften Islands - Cody Duncan
A guest essay and photographs on Norway's remote Lofoten Islands located above...

From the Inside

El Chalten
El Chaltén is a dusty climbing town with a contagious outdoor vibe. The self-proclaimed “trekking capital of Argentina”...
Queenstown, New Zealand
New Zealand has established itself as one of the world’s top adventure travel destinations. Queenstown receives...
Everest Base Camp trek
The Everest Base Camp trek passes through the land of the Sherpas to the foot of the world’s highest mountain...
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
The Kenai Peninsula offers Alaska’s widest variety of activities in one of its most accessible regions. People come from...
Abel Tasman, New Zealand
On the northern end of New Zealand’s South Island is the warm coastal region of Abel Tasman...
Torres del Paine
Torres del Paine (pronounced PIE-nay) National Park in southern Chile is the crown jewel of Patagonia. Rising high is...
For those looking for the cutting edge of adventure travel, Nepal’s Great Himalaya Trail...
Norway’s Lofoten Islands are referred to as the Lofoten Wall because, quite literally, they are vertical rows of granite shooting out of...
Hardangervidda
The Hardangervidda Plateau is one of Norway’s and Europe’s most wondrous open spaces, encompassing nearly...