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Fall Mecca: 10 Tips for Climbing Indian Creek like a Local
May 29, 2024
Climbing in Ruth Gorge Alaska: 5 Things to Know Before You Go
May 29, 2024
Denali Gear List: 5 Items that Made Life Better—Plus 5 Things I Learned
May 29, 2024
May 29, 2024
Fall Mecca: 10 Tips for Climbing Indian Creek like a Local
  By Luke Mehall   Fall means one thing to the desert climber: Indian Creek season. Located about an hour southwest of Moab, Utah, the Creek is the center for the Colorado Plateau desert climbing scene. Every year, it gets a little more popular, but the good news is there are plenty of cracks for everyone. If a climbing road trip is...
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May 29, 2024
Climbing in Ruth Gorge Alaska: 5 Things to Know Before You Go
  This past June, climbers Harry Hamlin and Avery Parinello spent a couple weeks in the Ruth Gorge in Denali National Park. The Gorge is a mammoth glacial gorge cut into the lowlands below Denali by the Ruth Glacier. This enormous zone contains prodigious peaks that tempt rock climbers and ice climbers alike due to their immense size and spectacular exposure....
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May 29, 2024
Denali Gear List: 5 Items that Made Life Better—Plus 5 Things I Learned
  By Savannah Cummins   This spring I spent nearly a month on the flanks of Denali, supporting my friend Katie Bono as she successfully set the women’s ascent speed record at 21h 6m. As my first time on a big mountain, it was an unforgettable experience despite all the suffering involved. From carrying 130lbs of gear at once, to rain, snow,...
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May 29, 2024
Colorado’s Longs Peak: A Reward Worth The Suffering
     The boulder field, photo by Whitney Oliver Originally published on Aug. 18th, 2014   Story by Hilary Oliver   When it comes to hiking, there are mountains—and then there are the mountains that haunt your fantasies. The legendary peaks that don’t come so easily. The ones with iconic shape, or stunning cliff faces. Longs Peak in Colorado’s Front Range is one...
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May 29, 2024
Fostering a Stewardship Culture: Purcell Mountain Bike Traverse
  By Lorraine Blancher   Photos by Ryan Creary   As passionate outdoor aficionados, we all love to experience the natural beauty of our planet. As humans, we know our decisions can have an impact. How we balance our adventurous desires with our responsibility to protect the precious places we love is paramount to ensuring they will be here for generations to come....
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May 29, 2024
Drifting to Connect: Paddling Canada’s Bloodvein River
  Story and Images by Dustin Silvey   Outside my tent I hear the fire crackling. I open my eyes, shocked to realize the sun is shining. I roll my body to the side, slowly sitting up, and pull myself out of my sleeping bag. That’s when it hits me, the cold. I quickly put on some extra layers and head out...
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May 29, 2024
Cycling the Peru Divide in the Andes – with GPX Files
  By Steve Marks, aka the “Malbec Pilgrim”   A few May snowflakes appeared out of nowhere, drifting down and brushing off my jacket as I paused to enjoy the immense vista. It had been a tough cycle to the summit, and was just one of the many times my altitude almost touched 5000 m (16,400 ft). The blackened rocky and mountainous...
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May 29, 2024
Exploratory Mountaineering – The Tien Shan Mountains
  16 Days and 8 First Ascents in Chinas Tien Shan Mountains The Tien Shan range in China is ideal for exploratory mountaineering expeditions. There are hundreds of valleys, each with handfuls of unclimbed peaks and each mountain with plenty of route options. A lot of the routes can be simple mountaineering, but you can choose a line more demanding and...
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May 29, 2024
Exploring the Wilderness Areas of Scotland
  When considering the wild areas of the UK, my mind quickly pans straight to Scotland which houses some of the remotest places in the country, vast planes of uninhabited wilderness and towering mountains. Each region of Scotland has its own unique feel, from the valleys of Glencoe and the planes of Glen Shiel to the wild sandstone landscapes of Torridon....
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May 29, 2024
Cycling Around the World: Lessons from Living a Nomad Life
  Oscar Wilde said, If you want to be a grocer, or a general, or a politician, or a judge, you will invariably become it; that is your punishment.   Long before living a nomad life, I had wanted to be a software engineer. But when I became one, it felt like a punishment. It is not to say that a Ph.D....
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May 29, 2024
Climbing in the Khumbu
  Words by Sammy Podhurst   Photos by Sammy Podhurst and Anna Pfaff   Climbing in the Himalaya is interesting. There are many layers to the equation here. The acclimatization period requires patience. The lack of resources requires a lot of forethought and pre-planning. There is little infrastructure as far as rescue and medical goes. But at the same time, all of that...
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May 29, 2024
Chasing the Northern Lights: How to see the Aurora Borealis
  Words and photography by Joe Yelverton   Night falling, calf muscles burning, a heavy pack pulling on my shoulders. All good reasons to sit down and enjoy the twilight from our rarified perch in the Chugach Mountains. To the west, a crimson glow on Cook Inlet, and beyond this massive body of water, the Southern Alaska Range painted in alpenglow. Stunning...
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May 29, 2024
Trip Report: Climbing in Pakistan’s Karakoram Range
  Travel Chaos Our Pakistan expedition started out with high stress levels, to say the least. Our bags were painstakingly packed—gear organized, packed, organized again, double-checked, and repacked. As we celebrated our last night in the US with some friends in Denver, Colorado before catching our morning flight, Allen received a terrible email—our flight was canceled!   When we had started planning...
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May 29, 2024
Camp Recipes: A simple dish from the French Pyrenees
  Story and Recipe by Kieran Creevy   Images by Cat Vinton      Iron studded wood doors, gnarled and black with age, rise before drawbridge chains: We’re in the tiny fortified village of Villefranche De Conflent, our home for the next few days. Wandering down the narrow streets toward our apartment, we begin to see more elements of ironwork. Shops, bars and...
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May 29, 2024
Bringing Climbing to an Island Once Abandoned
  Words by MSR athlete Nina Caprez, photos by Jimmy Martinello   I dream a lot. Almost every morning I wake up and remember, for a moment, dreams from the night before. Some say it’s a way for the subconscious to process. Maybe I don’t have enough down time to do it any differently.   I had dreams my first days in Makatea,...
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May 29, 2024
Bikepacking Washington: A Multisport Adventure to Climb Mt. Rainier
  By Josh Perez Most of us work a 9-5 and eagerly await the weekend to squeeze in as much adventure as possible. Or we wake up at extreme hours and pull all-nighters when we absolutely must get into the mountains during the week.   Occasionally we’re blessed with a holiday weekend, which seems like gold for us weekend warriors. With July...
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May 29, 2024
Flying with a Camping Stove
  Flying with a camping stove can be trickier than you might think. Don’t waste time, fuel or lose your stove. Follow these steps and check up with TSA to make sure you’re flying right with your backcountry stove!      TSA Rules You are allowed to bring a stove in a carry-on or checked baggage, but ONLY if you take the...
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May 29, 2024
Bikepacking Oregon’s High Country Lakes
  By: David Woronets      Photo by: David Woronets The ideal time to visit Oregon’s Cascade Lakes region is just after the mosquitoes abate and before the snow returns. And one of the best ways to do it is by mountain bike. This fall, my friend Josh and I decided to connect a couple of iconic high-mile mountain bike trails that would...
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May 29, 2024
Bikepacking Through Death Valley: A Loose How
  Something about bikepacking Death Valley drew us in—maybe it was the iconic sand dunes, the deep canyons, salty-dry basins, or moving rocks, but more likely it was just the empty space and lack of cell service. After a year of chaos, we all wanted a break. What better way to get out the angst than to hammer pedals for a...
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May 29, 2024
A Bikepacking & Fly Fishing Journey on Oregon’s Remote Singletrack
  Words and photos by George Terrizzi   The sun baked the back of my neck and simultaneously my face as we slowly mashed the pedals through what can only be described as miles of playground sand in the mid-day sun. I clinched my eyes shut from the stinging sensation of sweat that was pouring down my brow mixing with the sunscreen...
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