Anza-Borrego Desert Region, driving in the desert

How to Drive in the Anza-Borrego Desert Region

At first glance, the Anza-Borrego Desert Region can seem like a barren stretch of land, boring in comparison to the oceanside trails of San Diego or the lung-searing hikes in the Sierra. But these 1 million acres are home to endless recreational activities in California's...

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Adventure dog, how to hike with your dog

How to Create an Outdoor Dog

You love to hike. You have a dog. It looks like she likes the outdoors, but she also likes to sleep. A lot. And eat. A lot. And did we mention sleep? So how do you know she will make a good adventure pup? What...

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Halloween candy on the trails

The Best Halloween Candy Ranked By Hikers

There is no better mid-hike snack in October than a big handful of Halloween candy (and November once the candy goes on sale). And you're burning bazillions of calories, so there should be no shame in your Halloween-candy-as-fuel game. But which Halloween candy can stand up...

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Shoulder Season

How to Maximize Shoulder Season

Welcome to the height of shoulder season, ladies and gentlemen. AKA "schizophrenic weather" season. If you live in the Rockies, bet your snow shovel has already been put to work. Here in Alabama? Still hotter than the sun and stickier than last year's Halloween lollipop. Shoulder...

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PCT lingo, PCT guidebook, Laura Randall

PCT Lingo: A Primer on Hiker Slang

"Zeros and Neros Welcome" A few years ago, before I started hiking the PCT, I would have guessed this sign was inviting losers and fiddlers to stop by. It's actually part of a whole new language you learn on the trail. Situated near Mile 127, this sign...

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Pacific Crest Trail, Laura Randall, PCT Class of 2017

“Fire and Ice”: the Challenges of the PCT in 2017

Weather curveballs, wildfire detours, and other challenges are nothing new for Pacific Crest Trail hikers. But this year brought an unprecedented amount of difficulties for thru-hikers tackling the legendary 2,650-mile route from Mexico to Canada. Record snowpack. Swollen rivers. Raging wildfires in the Pacific Northwest...

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Are You Really Ready for Fall?

Roll out the burnt orange carpet and usher in the coziest season of them all (sorry, Winter, we don’t like frostbite or ice storms) Every season is special in its own way and makes for fun hiking for one reason or another. But fall is…different. It...

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How to Hike With Your Dog

With summer almost in our rear view mirrors, it’s time to start planning some new adventures with your family. And by family, we mean the family who actually wants to be outside. Brother Jimmy, you get a pass and can stay home watching football. Fido,...

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