13 California Hikes That Explore the State’s Most Incredible Scenery
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by tzemke
3d ago
California is more massive and geologically diverse than many similarly sized countries, which makes for some incredible hiking choices. I lived in Los Angeles for 19 years and could head to ancient sequoia groves one weekend, wander oceanfront sand dunes the next, and then trek through the Joshua trees the weekend after that. All were less than a four-hour drive away. Whether you want to stroll alongside brilliant alpine tarns or crane your neck up at the tallest trees on the planet, there’s a hike for that, and it’s likely an easy road trip from one of the state’s metro areas. These trails ..read more
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The Best Ways to Get Outside in West Virginia
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by Alison Osius
1w ago
The zigzagging route to the top of the South Peak of Seneca Rocks—the high point on a 900-foot-tall ridge of Tuscarora quartzite shaped like fins on a dragon’s back—was the most challenging climb I have ever done. Vertical rock faces were interspersed by grassy traverses where we had to coil and half-carry our ropes, and I was building anchors and setting protection for the first time. Though moderate in difficulty, the four-pitch route demanded a repertoire of skills. And we were way, way up in the air. The Seneca Rocks, in the Monongahela National Forest, rise some 900 feet above the North ..read more
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Run Your Way in Los Angeles
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by elessard
1w ago
Discover the running potential of Los Angeles alongside Mallory Kilmer as she leaves her comfort zone behind for her first running trip on the West Coast. Fortunately, she has good guidance from LA Running Connoisseur Kate Olson. The two connect over their shared love of the sport, then take to the iconic trails of Griffith Park. After assessing the city’s sheer volume and variety of both running options and running clubs, the duo meets up with a vibrant, local club that provides an instant sense of the greater community.   Independent since 1906, New Balance empowers people t ..read more
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Navigating Orca Alley: One Family’s Journey Among Rudder-Bashing Whales
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by jversteegh
1w ago
We landed awkwardly on a wave and the boat shuddered, our aluminum hull protesting loudly under the impact. Seconds later, I felt another violent thud and immediately feared the worst—orcas! Foghorn in hand, I readied myself to wake the rest of the crew, reciting our response plan in my mind. Noisemakers, full revs to shallower water, radio call, check the bilges. Run like hell and hope they lose interest! But I hesitated in the intervening silence. After many days underway with relatively little sleep, I knew my nerves were raw, my internal radar struggling to decipher clutter from true dang ..read more
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Top Gear at the Outside Festival
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by elessard
1w ago
Nothing compares to visiting Asheville, North Carolina, in person, but visitors to the inaugural Outside Festival in Denver, which took place June 1–2, were treated to the next best thing. Asheville brought some of the season’s best outdoor gear direct to Denver. Between the brands that make products right in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the award-winning gear tested by Outside and Backpacker editors, the Asheville booth was stocked with equipment to learn about, try, and even win. It’s not too late to get some of that gear yourself—and if you’re smart, take it to Asheville for a test spin. Ou ..read more
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Don’t Let Altitude Sickness Ruin Your Mountain Vacation. Heed This Doctor’s Tips to Avoid It.
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by Alison Osius
2w ago
The young woman was coming from sea level, but was fit and had never had trouble with altitude before. She would say that many times over the next few days. She seemed OK at the group-welcome dinner in Redstone, Colorado, at 7,185 feet, opening the annual photo camp then held by Rock and Ice magazine, where I was working. But the next day as we all headed up to a campground above the town of Basalt at 8000-plus feet, she threw up out my car window. I offered to take her back down to our offices in Carbondale, which is at 6,400 feet, but she shook her head vigorously no. Our group all hiked up ..read more
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The Outside Guide to Sustainable Adventure Travel
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by Svati Narula
3w ago
The post The Outside Guide to Sustainable Adventure Travel appeared first on Outside Online ..read more
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Colorado’s Storm King Mountain Memorial Trail Takes You to Sacred Grounds
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by Alison Osius
3w ago
May 2024 This time when I see the first tree hung with the blowing, ragged shirts, the sight is more familiar, less stark than before. I am more prepared. Hiking the Storm King Mountain Memorial Trail, near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, my son Ted and I approach another tree, this one with firefighter helmets at its base. The trail crosses to the Main Ridge, also known as Hell’s Gate, then drops down to pass the 12 memorial crosses below. This view is toward the south and west, and the summit of the mountain is northward. (Photo: Alison Osius) In the wildfire of 1994, the ridge we’re on was the ..read more
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The Most Epic Road Trip in North America
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by elessard
3w ago
Massive in scale and steeped in Indigenous cultures that go back millennia, the far north of British Columbia is unlike anywhere you’ve ever experienced. These vast otherworldly landscapes call to those who seek a deeper connection to nature. From geothermal hot springs and ancient lava beds to one of the largest glaciers in Canada, you could spend a lifetime adventuring in this remote region, known as The Great Wilderness, and there will always be more to see and learn. Road tripping on Highway 16 in the summertime. (Photo: Destination BC/Stephen Shelesky) Whether you have a few days or a co ..read more
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Reasons to Love Running in Los Angeles
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by elessard
1M ago
You know the tired cliché: nobody walks in Los Angeles. Why not? Because it’s way more fun to run. L.A. occupies a vast 466-square-mile swath that stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the San Gabriel Mountains, which rise thousands of feet above the cityscape. In between are countless urban routes, trails, parks, and paths that weave together L.A.’s unique neighborhoods and form a sun-soaked playground for runners. “We have so many different vibes,” says Kate Olson, founder of L.A. Running Connoisseur, an online guide to the city’s running scene.   Olson has lived and run in Los Angeles ..read more
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