The Onion vs. Mr. Magoo
When a pair of ultra-distance backpackers set out to complete the first 5,600-mile roundtrip of the country’s toughest trail, we knew it’d be a slow, epic race. The only thing we didn’t expect: the cutthroat competition.
by Andrew Tilin
Adventure Guide: Grand Teton National Park
The perfect vacation awaits: We’ve fine-tuned 7 days of fast-and-light adventure, from bagging peaks only the locals know to camping with moose in the park’s wild interior. Grab a camera—you’ve never seen the Tetons like this.
by Michael Lanza
iHike: Tech on the Trail
The revolution is here: Digital tools are changing the way backpackers plan, share, and even experience trips. In this special guide to the latest outdoor technology, we’ll teach you how to preview a route in 3D, create a Google Earth flyover, sync your photos to a map, and wow your friends with Web-worthy slideshows and video.
by Evelyn Spence, Jason Stevenson, & Kris Wagner
Plan It: New Tools, New Rules
Every great trip boils down to this: Picking a ideal location, capturing memorable moments, and bragging about it. Here’s how to get started the high-tech way.
Document It: Field School
Take your new tools to the trail to master the skills you’ll need to navigate, record, and share your best adventures.
Organize It: The Cutting Room
Here’s how to turn raw data into finished files that will wow your friends and preserve trip memories better than any photo album.
Share It: All the World’s a (Cyber) Stage
Your adventure is ready for primetime. Here are 19 ways reach the audience in your living room — or around the world.
Hike It: 4 Big Trips Made Easy
Now that you’ve mastered the skills, put them to use. We show you how a tech assist can make it easier than ever to pull off a life-list journey.
By Michael Lanza
The best new footwear can handle big trips, heavy loads, and rough trails with zero break-in. We review six that made the cut.
We put a versatile pack, summer-weight merino baselayers, comfy camp shoes, ultralight hammocks, and more through their paces.
Ecological balance—and dozens of sweet places to hike, paddle, and camp—have been restored at California’s Channel Islands.
Quick Fix: The Black Hills
Discover cool lakes, shady aspen stands, and herds of elk in this exotically shaped jumble of South Dakota granite.
Top 3 Paddling Treks
Grab your sandals and drift-camp these scenic rivers in New York, Texas, and Alaska.
Trip Finder: Ridgewalks
Nine epic ridgewalks from the Northeast to the Pacific Coast.
Best Damn Weekend Ever: Hike Vermont’s Bourn Pond-Stratton Pond Loop
Dig deep into Appalachian inspiration on this 23-mile loop through the Lye Brook Wilderness.
Vacations: Tahoe Rim Trail
Take two weeks—and you’ll wish for more. This 165-mile Sierra loop passes fields of thigh-high lupine, sparkling lakes, and granite peaks.
Rogue River Redux
Hike up Oregon’s wildest river. Then raft back down.
An End to Outhouses
Some park managers want hikers to do more than bury their waste. Are we ready to pack everything out, or is LNT going too far?
Phenomenon: Wildlife Crossings
How did the bear cross the road? See a few ways engineers are helping wildlife go over, under, and around traffic.
See More: Great Blue Herons
How can one bird look so majestic and odd?
Light A Fire
How and when to build one to get warm in any weather.
Reader Tip: Backpack-Friendly Cutting Boards
Start Smart: Perfect Sunset Photos
Our experts explain how to capture color and detail when the light is low.
Health: Treat a Head Injury
Here’s what to do when your partner gets whomped upside the melon in the woods.
Food: Sushi Anywhere
Miso soup, breakfast domburi, and pink caterpillar rolls? Domo arigato!