The Shady World of Pro Deals
Are pro programs a legitimate perk for industry professionals or a discount sales channel run amok? Some insiders are calling the whole scene a complete farce. Here's why.
The Never Not Collective set out to make a movie about women climbers--not to navigate gender politics. But as the trio of Western producers has discovered with its new film, Pretty Strong, you can't do one without the other. Read it.
The Ultimate Insider's Guide to Fort Collins
From destination-worthy dining to superb outdoor adventures to sexy nights out on the town, consider this your locals-approved plan for a perfect visit to Denver's favorite northern neighbor. Read it.
Pass/Fail: Backpack with a Baby
Are mother and son ready to trade a crib for a tent? Read it.
Across the country, students are regularly practicing active-shooter drills. But are the exercises making kids safer? And at what cost? Read it.
I expected childbirth to change my body. What I didn't expect was how long it would take, or how hard it would be, to get back to normal. Read it.
Badges of Honor
For more than 100 years, our parks have provided life-list experiences, adventures, and stop-in-your-tracks views. But not all parks--or hikes--are equal. So what's a trekker to do? Start with these 25 trips, the new classics of the system. Consider them the merit badges of a very well-traveled backpacker.
If you're looking for outrageous adventure, these mountain ranges deliver the goods. Read it.
Powder to the People
In the Colorado Rockies, epic snows transform the mountains into idyllic winter wonderlands. Read it.
Perfect Day: Whitefish
A glacial lake and cool microbrews are just two reasons to head for the mountains this month. Read it.
The Long Way 'Round
Sacred trails the world over help hikers discover deeper truths about the world and themselves. But what truly makes a path transformative? Read it.
Campfire meals in the Redwoods. Kayaking under the moon. Yosemite's sheer awesomeness. Here's everything you need to make the most of it all. Read it.
How to Spend a Weekend in Missoula
Discover the magic formula for fun in Big Sky Country. Read it.
Backpacker April 2016
From recycled down to PFC-free jackets, manufacturers are bringing sustainability to you. Read it.
Rodale's Organic Life
Natural chair cleaning, DIY sundials, the best way to weed your garden, and more (wrote some, edited some). Read it.
Backpacker March 2016
That time I got a little lost at Canyonlands National Park, and how you can avoid the same fate. Read it.
Endless Summer Backpacker January 2016
Call it the snowbird's guide to the national parks: Beaches, palm trees, sand dunes, and the occasional giant fruit bat.
The Quiet Season
Backpacker November 2015
Winter brings a new sensory experience to the national parks, with scenery so fleeting you have to know where to find it. Here are our top picks for the best of the fourth season.
Anything Can Happen at Yellowstone
Yellowstone Journal 2015
Can a vacation ever truly change your life? When one family finally comes together for a long-awaited trip to Yellowstone, they find much more than geyser shows and wildlife sightings waiting for them. Read it.
The Outdoor Brand Playbook series
April 16 & ongoing
Successfully producing outdoor gear used to be such a simple endeavor: Make great product, then sell it through retail partners, or directly through a catalog or your own store. These days, the formula has become a lot more complicated. This 5-part series zeroes in on best practices for outdoor brands. Read it.
The Outdoor Retailer Playbook series
November 8 & ongoing
Everyone in the outdoor industry knows the problem by now: The rise of online shopping has turned the marketplace on its head. This 5-part series examines innovative ways brands and retailers can work together to everyone's benefit. Read it.
Travel Stars: Camp Provisions
Sleeping under the stars in style in comfort. Read it.
Sometimes, the only thing better than camping is not camping. Read it.
Trail Town USA
These places are more than gateways to the good stuff. They're the home bases of the tribe, where backpacker culture carries from the nearby mountaintops all the way downtown. Stop, stay awhile, and say hello to the best hiker towns in the country. Read it.
Rodale's Organic Life
Cure your hangover with pear juice, cool science of wool, make your own red wine vinegar, and more (wrote some, edited some). Read it.
The Seven Rules of Solitude
Backpacker September 2015
Crowded campsites and lines for the outhouse? Save it for Bonnaroo. We'll take our wilderness quiet, raw, and lonely, thank you very much. Find your own patch of paradise when you follow these simple rules for escaping the hordes. Read it.
We Have a Lot of Myths to Bust (Curves Ahead)
Backpacker October 2015
Myth: It's riskier for women to hike and backpack alone than for men. We combed through crime statistics, consulted experts, and talked to veteran solo hikers to find out if there's anything to that common fear.
The Best 100 Miles
Backpacker June 2015
The parks boast thousands of stunning trail miles, but some are just a hair more amazing. Find the top 100 miles in the entire system on these 13 hikes. Read it.
Bad News Bears
Yosemite Journal 2015
Every night, while campers sleep peacefully nearby, a high-stakes battle takes place in Yosemite Valley. One one side, the park's team of wildlife biologists. On the other, Yosemite's population of smart, sneaky black bears.
The Local: Seattle
Backpacker May 2015
Like your favorite neighborhood watering hole, you can count on these hikes to deliver exactly what you need, exactly where you need it. Read it.
Hike Hard, Eat Well
Backpacker August 2014
From trail mix to trout, upgrade every meal with this complete guide to recipes, cooking skills, and backcountry nutrition.
Hiking Makes You Smarter
Backpacker May 2012
Yes, the views and exercise and fresh air make every backpacking trip worthwhile. But now, new research shows, staying home is just plain dumb. Learn how backpacking boosts brain power in this exclusive report from the frontiers of environmental neuroscience. Read it.
5280 Health 2013
Colorado and Wyoming rank at the top of the list for lightning-strike fatalities in the United States. It's scary stuff. But dying from a bolt of electricity may not be nearly as frightening as surviving one. Read it.
5280 February 2012
Ski helmets? How I finally broke through a thick skull--to make sure it remains in one piece. Read it.