Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Rail-Trails Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, rail-trails, Wilderness Press

Exploring the Historic Rail-Trails of the Midwest

Wilderness Press has again partnered with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to publish three new guidebooks that present the best rail-trails of the midwest—Rail-Trails Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, Rail-Trails Iowa and Missouri, and Rail-Trails Michigan and Wisconsin. Railways helped build America. Spanning from coast to coast, these ribbons of steel linked...

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Walking Los Angeles, Erin Mahoney Harris, Zach Behrens, Wilderness Press

Walking the Vibrant Streets of Los Angeles

Los Angeles is quickly becoming more of an outdoor city. The smog is lifting (you can see the mountains now!), and there's a public push and political will to make the city more walkable and bikeable. The crumpled sidewalks are being addressed and hundreds of...

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Earth Day, #WeKeepItWild, Conservation Alliance

The Day We Celebrate the Earth

Earth Day is our favorite day. Do you know why? Not only does it celebrate this pretty planet we live on, but it also brings awareness to all the ways we can protect the Earth. It’s exciting and educational. Yes! So much yes. The good thing is that,...

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#WeKeepItWild, Conservation Alliance, Earth Day

We Keep It Wild with the Conservation Alliance

If you’re in any way involved in the outdoors industry, you’ve probably heard of the Conservation Alliance. They’re the ones working tirelessly, day in and day out, to protect threatened land. As an outdoor guidebook company, working with the Conservation Alliance to help preserve the wild...

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Sex in a Tent, Wilderness Press 50

The Story Behind Sex in a Tent

As Wilderness Press celebrates 50 years in 2017, my own Wilderness Press book, Sex in a Tent: A Wild Couple’s Guide to Getting Naughty in Nature, is marking 10 years since its release in 2007. I was inspired to write Sex in a Tent after embarking...

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego, Scott Turner, Jerry Schad, hiking in California, San Diego

On Revising the Hiking Bible of San Diego

Since December of 2014, I have been working on a full revision and update of Jerry Schad’s hiking guide, Afoot and Afield: San Diego County. Part of my revision included hiking every inch of those 1,420 miles to determine what had changed and what was new. From...

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Then and Now – Camping Gear in 1967 versus 2017

As we celebrate all things Wilderness 50 in 2017, we are looking back and unleashing a wave of nostalgic blog posts. Or informational ones, if you're a millennial.   Gear from the 1960s are relics Dinosaur. Extinct. In comparison, today's gear is straight-up from the Jetsons. Let's take a look...

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Honoring the Women of the PCT

Before there was Cheryl Strayed, there was Catherine Montgomery. In 1926, almost a century before Strayed’s best-selling memoir about her Pacific Crest Trail experience was published, Montgomery came up with the idea of creating a ridgeline track from Canada to Mexico. It seems fitting to pay tribute...

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what to pack for for Mount Whitney, Mount Whitney, One Best Hike: Mount Whitney

10 Things You Need for a Successful Mount Whitney Summit

Packing for long, strenuous day hikes is a balancing act. You don’t want to forget anything critical, but you also don’t want to carry any unnecessary weight. Packing for such a hike at 14,000 feet may seem slightly more stressful than usual. But fear not—the supplies you need...

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Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Top Trails: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

Five Epic Hikes in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks offer the ultimate in natural and geothermal wonders, and the vast mountain ranges and steaming geyser basins make for thrilling hikes around every corner. But with more than 28,000 square miles (including all of the surrounding protected lands), how do...

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