All-Season Reads

Check out this great autumn foliage map – and plan your hikes accordingly

Check out this great autumn foliage map – and plan your hikes accordingly

The helpful folks at Smoky Mountains National Park have just published a map that will be of great use to those of us who love a hike through some fall colors: The map provides a date slider, which predicts you where you can find the optimal autumnal scenes depending on the time of year.  Check out the map here, and let the picturesque hikes commence! _________________________________________________________________  Adventure more. Spend less. Check out some of our favorite products here, to help make exploring the outdoors even better.       

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How to make a Swedish torch

Camping How To

How to make a Swedish torch

    The Swedes! Inventors of the pacemaker, the modern zipper, the three-point seatbelt and perfectors of assemble-it-yourself furniture. They have also put their great engineering to use for crafting the perfect outdoor campfire: the Swedish torch. A simple marvel, the Swedish torch provides a well-contained campfire and cooking surface that requires less wood and less maintenance that an open pit fire. However, just like everything but the meatballs at Ikea, the Swedish torch does require some basic assembly before enjoying it.    Here's how: Step 1:  Find or fashion a sturdy stump. We recommend a log with 18" diameter (or...

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Making waves: a Q&A with Emi Koch of Beyond the Surface International

Making waves: a Q&A with Emi Koch of Beyond the Surface International

Photos by: Nicolás Landa Tami    If Emi Koch sleeps, then she must do so with a to-do list for a pillow. The 27-year old California native is a professional surfer, a masters student, a dedicated philanthropist and a 2018 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.  Her nonprofit, Beyond the Surface International, combines all of these passions by using surfing and storytelling as tools to build workshops that engage and empower at-risk coastal communities around the world.  "Our goal is to use surfing, mindfulness, audiovisual storytelling and the creative arts as tools to enable youth with tools to be stewards of their...

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Focused: Paige Hahn on becoming a wildlife photographer

Focused Interview Photography

Focused: Paige Hahn on becoming a wildlife photographer

"My passion for conservation began even before I could remember," recalls Paige Hahn. The California-based photographer discusses how caring for the natural world and taking pictures of it go hand-in-hand.

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Graphic: Hiking is good for you

Graphics Hiking

Graphic: Hiking is good for you

Hiking is its own reward: from the views, to the memories, to the fresh air, to the challenge of it all. However, there are some health benefits that you may not already know.  Check them out here:    For more great content, please check out our Facebook page. If you liked this graphic, please share it with someone you think would also enjoy it. And if you need any gear for this summer's hiking adventures, check our selection here. Hike more, spend less!

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