If you’re heading to the backcountry this Thanksgiving, you don’t have to forego a traditional holiday meal just because you’re away from civilization. With a bit of early meal planning and a trip to the grocery store, you can feast on turkey and all the trimmings while you’re enjoying a night under the stars.
With this meal plan, you won’t spend a great amount of time prepping and cooking. But, you might need to pack a few items that aren’t as lightweight as what you’d typically carry into the backcountry. No, you don’t have to tote a Dutch oven, but you might need to carry a few canned goods, as well as extra pots and bowls to prepare and serve all of the food. If possible, eat your Thanksgiving feast the first night of any multi-day trip so you don’t have to carry the food weight for long. Also, you’ll need to adjust the following recipes to suit the size of your group.
America’s National Parks are home to beautiful vistas, miles of backcountry adventures—and stories that nightmares are made of. Wait, what? That’s right: Dig a little deeper into the history and legends of these beloved outdoor playgrounds, and you may find yourself quickening your pace on the trail. From creepy creatures to mysterious curses to downright terrifying tales, here are some of the spookiest spots in our national parks.
Taking a year to backpack abroad after college is an idea that just about every young person toys with at one point or another. After all, riding trains to places with unpronounceable names, tasting exotic foods, and meeting fascinating people in faraway places sure has more of a romantic appeal than growing your LinkedIn network and emailing out (unanswered) resumes and applications.
While I’d spent most of my young life vaguely planning a post-college backpacking trip, I spent senior year intensively laying out my grand escape.
When you first start camping, it’s not easy to know what you will need. Plus, you have to decide which items you should buy, and what you can rent or borrow from your own household supplies. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of gear that you should take on any camping trip, whether you’re car camping or backpacking.
Of course, these aren’t necessarily the only things you might want to carry, but these essentials will put you on the path toward a successful camping trip. You can rent most of the equipment here, but if you plan to start camping regularly, some things (like a good tent and water bottles) are worth the investment.
For those on the West Coast, 4,000-foot peaks might not even be worth blinking at. Not so, in the East. With our cities, and even most of our trailheads, sitting at less than 1,000 feet above sea level, it’s the comparatively small 4- and 5,000 footers that tower above. But even if these ancient, weathered peaks may be somewhat modest in size compared to the behemoths of the West, it certainly doesn’t make them any less spectacular.READ MORE
There is a string of mountains in Colorado I hold near and dear to my heart, where green high-alpine valleys dotted with wildflowers like confetti meet dizzying rock spires, and steep, grassy hillsides tumble into the shimmering waters of untouched lakes. The effort to reach this pristine wilderness is not for the faint of heart: Getting there often involves steep elevation gains, poorly maintained trails, or sometimes, no trail at all. It took me four years to find these spots, and I could spend a lifetime discovering every valley, ridgeline, and high alpine creek among them.
This glorious sense of discovering something new is at the heart of exploring the wilderness, but it’s getting harder and harder to do these days. People are getting outdoors in record numbers, which is generally a positive, but one downside is the increasing difficulty of finding that “secret” spot that no one knows about. But it’s these very places that keep the adventure alive. Here, a few tricks to finding your secret wilderness spot.READ MORE
What’s a hiker’s worst and most common enemy? Bears? Weather? No! It’s the common, but painful, blister.
Even a short day hike can seem like a death march when you have blisters, but there are ways to prevent this suffering, or at least reduce the pain. The key is to know potential pressure points where a blister can form, and to know how to recognize when one might be forming. Plus, you can take certain precautions before hitting the trail.READ MORE
Building the perfect campfire: an indispensable skill for any outdoors enthusiast, given the life-saving properties of an emergency blaze—not to mention the fundamental bragging rights. (Take that too far, though, and you’ve got one of those arenas prone to obnoxious contests and condescending tutorials by insecure campers compelled to demonstrate their outdoorsy and macho bona fides.) Really, there’s no one formula that translates to the “best” campfire: There are certainly various options for fuel arrangement and materials, as long as you understand the basic principles of combustion.READ MORE
So there is plenty to be said about the benefits of merino wool! We can talk about it’s ‘fabled warm when wet’ properties. We can talk about the ultra soft, non-itchy texture. Or how about it’s durability and breathability. Even its moisture wicking and temperature regulating properties. All of which have been well documented, tested, and talked about. All of which has made merino wool the most versatile and sought after outdoors fabric… But what about the smell?READ MORE
Even the most experienced hiker has had the unfortunate experience of being out in nature unprepared. Whether it was getting caught in an unexpected storm, having a piece of gear break, or running out of water on a hot day, we’ve all been there. And that’s what inspired the creation of hikeSafe, “a joint program between the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (NHF&G).” Originally developed in 2003, hikeSafe strives to educate people before they head out into the White Mountains and wilderness in New Hampshire.READ MORE
Some epic adventures are worth quitting your life for. We’re talking about the months-long bike tours, the overland trips, and the long distance backpacking trips. In between the epics, though, are a thousand tiny ways to get into the woods, from impromptu paddles to single-night backpacking trips.READ MORE
There’s no need to wait until warm weather to snooze under the stars. Winter camping in Colorado is a magical experience. The summer crowds are gone, a gentle quiet washes over the woods, and you don’t need to venture far to feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. If you’re keen to give winter camping a try, follow these tips to make the most of a snowy night out.READ MORE
A chemiluminescent spark flashes through my neurons, jolting me awake from my shallow slumber. Cold air pierces my lungs as I shoot up and simultaneously slam my forehead into the icy shelf just inches above my shivering body. My hands and feet are numb, and I fight off panic as I try to figure out if I can actually move my frozen digits.READ MORE
Winter doesn’t mean the camping season is over. With proper gear and planning, savvy outdoor lovers can immerse themselves in nature year-round—and savor the solitude and serenity of a winter landscape almost all to themselves. Cold weather camping is quiet and peaceful, and comes at slow, even introspective pace, since most other campers are long gone, but the sunsets are every bit as beautiful, and the campfires are even more comforting. Here’s how to do it, without dropping a bundle on gear.READ MORE
Check, re-check, then check it again. That’s how I plan and pack. Whether it’s for travel or hiking. I try to go as lite as I can but carry what is necessary.
This trip was no different. I was antsy and excited. I had another knee surgery two months prior and this was to be my first hike. As John Muir put it – the mountains are calling, and I must go. Cabin fever had more than set in, and it was the summer.READ MORE
Living in snowy upstate New York, I have always opted for warm base layers and mid/heavyweight outer layers from Minus33. In preparation for a trip to Haiti and the Dominican Republic this May (more to come on that), I gave the new Woolverino line a try and had the opportunity to test it in the warmth over spring break in Florida.READ MORE
If there is one thing that is often overlooked on an outdoorsman’s checklist, it is the base layer.
When dealing with Mother Nature, we tend to seek out the gear that will protect us best from the elements, on the outside. But to me, the layer that is the closest to my skin will make the biggest difference between a successful day out in the wild or a trip that I would rather forget about.
When I learned about the newest Minus33 technology, Woolverino, I had to give it a shot. I’ve been choosing to wear merino wool base layers for a long time. Spending a lot of time off trail, I tend to abuse my gear a lot, which is why the nylon inner core of Woolverino sounded like a great idea. READ MORE
Searching for the perfect bottoms so you can stay active through the winter? Our Woolverino Flyless Running Tights are designed with you in mind. While everyone else is bundled up inside, you’re keeping up with your routine. The extra wide flyless design and extended gussets are designed to move with you, while also making sure you don’t look like you’re running around in your underwear. Our Midweight fabric is perfect as a solo layer, or for layering up when you need wind or water protection. Choose merino wool for the best winter experience.
Leggings: way more comfortable than pants. Now imagine them with superfine, soft, breathable merino wool. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? Our new Woolverino Micro Leggings are excellent as a solo layer for warm days, and heavenly as a base layer under pants when it cools down. Our Woolverino core spun blend brings you extra durability while still feeling light and dry like the merino wool you know and love. Our Micro weight fabric is perfect for all-seasons, and any activity.
The Woolverino Women’s V-Neck is great as a base or solo layer. A V-Neck option gives you more room to breathe when you’re working hard. Its yoked shoulders and side panels create a garment that moves with you. Our new Micro weight fabric brings you a soft, featherlike feel so you aren’t weighed down on the move. Light and breathable, this will become your favorite t-shirt for year-round activites, indoors and out.
The Woolverino Men’s Micro T-Shirt is great as a base or solo layer, whether you’re hitting the gym or setting foot on the trails. Yoked shoulders and side panels create a garment that moves with you. Our new Micro weight fabric brings you a soft, featherlike feel so you aren’t weighed down on the move. Light and breathable, this will become your favorite t-shirt for year-round exercise.
Our Woolverino Women’s Boyshort is here for you when you need coverage. Our new Micro weight core spun blend brings you underwear that is breathable, moisture wicking, and durable for a variety of activities and every day wear. This boyshort style is designed to have generous coverage in the rear, and has a 1in inseam for additional leg coverage.
Our Woolverino Women’s Bikini is here to become your new go-to pair of underwear. Our new Micro weight core spun blend brings you underwear that is breathable, moisture wicking, and durable for a variety of activities and every day wear. This bikini is designed to have full rear coverage, with an elastic waistband to help everything stay in place. Because the last thing you should be worried about is your underwear.