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FEATURES

Big, Wild, Empty

Want to be alone with grizzlies, bighorns, and 200 miles of the Continental Divide? Bring your A game and explore Montana’s 1.5 million-acre Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. By Steve Howe

Ultralight Makeover

Cut pack weight in half—immediately—with our patented 12-step program. By Kelly Bastone



Summer Adventure Atlas

Don’t waste a single weekend this hiking season. Start by knocking off the best trails near you—we scoured every state for overlooked three-day gems—then hit the road for farflung life-listers. By Kelly Bastone



How to Walk


The new science of smarter striding will change the way you hike, helping you go farther without injury or fatigue. Plus: our take on the barefoot phenomenon and simple cures for knee pain. By Annette McGivney

DESTINATIONS

Rip & Go!

WEST


Hop a ferry to Channel Islands NP and basecamp on Santa Rosa Island.

MOUNTAIN WEST

The Rockies get heavenly come August. Nab a private slice on this sneak route.



MIDWEST


Grab your paddle and discover a quiet corner of the Boundary Waters.

NORTHEAST

Score classic New England views on the East’s newest national scenic trail.

SKILLS

THE MANUAL: Master GPS

Navigation made easy: Here’s how to plot, map, and record your next trip.

Dirtbag/Gourmet Thai

Serve up spicy peanut noodles and summer rolls with satay dipping sauce.



Calls of the Wild

Friends doubt you heard a wolf howl? Play them your expert recording.

GEAR SCHOOL: Helmets

You only have one head. Protect it with the right brain bucket—and one that fits.

SURVIVAL

RIP & LIVE Desert Extremes

Broiling days and freezing nights. Scarce water and plentiful things that bite and sting. Here’s how to ace it all.

GEAR

FIELD TEST: Light Hikers

Grand Canyon rangers rate 5 low-cuts.

FIELD NOTES

We test titanium pots, a weekend pack, a bargain three-person tent, a special anniversary watch, and a protective sun hoody.

REVIEW: Featherweight Shells

Get wind and rain protection for less.