January 2016 Table of Contents

From the ultimate gift guide for hikers to an off-the-cuff visit to Greece, here's what's inside our January issue.

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Endless Summer

These warm-weather national parks areat their best in winter. By Elizabeth Kwak-Hefferan

Adventure at Any Cost

No matter your budget, you can live large in the outdoors. Here’s how.

Follow a 5th Grader

When the kids take charge, anything can happen. By Dennis Lewon

Exploration for Dummies

Ice-bikepacking sounded like a great way to notch a first. Then the ice started melting. By Casey Lyons 

No Reservations

Our control freak scout heads to Greece with a pack and zero plans. What could go wrong? By Rachel Zurer

Plus 29 more ideas, from hugging a wolf ($25) to hiring a personal backcountry chef ($1,000).


Skate Ski Like a Pro
Master winter’s best workout.

Cheat Sheet: DIY Dehydration
Prep now for better meals this summer.

Photo School: Group Shot
Nail your crew’s perfect memento.

Pass/Fail: Telemark Skiing
Can a novice learn the most elegant of ski turns?

Trail Chef: Hearty Soups & Stews
Warm up with easy, one-pot meals.


Out Alive: Hanging On
A slip leaves a hiker clinging for her life.

Saved By: Your Socks
Get water, improve traction, and more.

Den Mother: Snow Blindness
Protect your eyes from intense UV.


The Hiker Wish List
Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list with these 35 picks.