Where to do a Stairway Workout in San Francisco

San Francisco is a city made urban mountain training. It's laughably hilly in spots, making it the perfect playground for hill repeats with a heavy pack. And San Francisco has the added bonus of having hundreds of colorful, interesting, and historical public stairways to climb....

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Bay Area Ridge Trail

Celebrating 30 Years of the Bay Area Ridge Trail

It's the 30th birthday of the Bay Area Ridge Trail! To celebrate this momentous anniversary, we're sharing the Ridge Trail's history in an excerpt from the new edition of Bay Area Ridge Trail, by Elizabeth Byers. The Trail A combination of unique characteristics primed the Bay Area for...

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Walking Portland

Secrets of Writing a Guidebook, Revealed

Those of us who write guidebooks for a living like to make a big deal about how it's totally a real job and we're not just getting paid to bum around checking out cool stuff on some fat company's dime. It's work, you guys! We...

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Walking Portland

Reasons Why You Should Walk Through Portland

Becky Ohlsen, author of Walking Portland, is one of our prolific writers. She is constantly out hiking and researching and writing books for us. So it was nice for Becky to slow down just a bit and amble through the streets of Portland, observing all its...

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Outdoor Retailer Snow Show

Looking Back on Week at Outdoor Retailer Snow Show

We're back from another exciting week of Outdoor Retailer Snow Show, appropriately named because there was a fresh blanket of snow covering Blue Bear outside the Colorado Convention Center when we arrived. As we landed and picked up our badges and started rebuilding the booth, it...

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Walkabout Northern California: Hiking Inn to Inn, Tom Courtney

The Joys of a Multi-Day Hike From Inn to Inn

There is a surge of popularity for hiking from inn-to-inn in Europe, and the same is true in California. Adventurers hike trails connecting coastal villages along the wild Pacific. They trek through the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains, along the serene beaches of Southern California, and...

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