A motorbike sped down the trail I had traversed the previous evening. It circled my tent and came to a stop. A man bent down, zipped open the tent and reached for my wallet and phone in the side mesh sleeve. Unsure of what to do, I grabbed his forearm and feverishly blew my whistle …

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Fuel your outdoor adventures with delicious recipes and simple ideas for camp cooking: Make Meals in Advance Make casseroles, soups, stews, and other one-pot meals — and freeze them in waterproof, heavy-duty plastic bags. Bake and freeze muffins and cookies, too. When it’s time to load up for the trip, pack your frozen foods strategically …

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The Western Highlands of Guatemala are the epitome of off-the-beaten-path, with long stretches so remote they were spared the country’s brutal 36 year civil war, and—as I discovered hiking across them—often literally without a path. More than an education in aspects of Guatemala’s cultures and landscapes though, my 6-day hike through the mountains and altiplano …

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This story appears on the Out There podcast. Listen along:  There’s a hard side to the trail that is dirty and damaging, and it brings out my wrinkles – and my vanity. I am exposed and vulnerable here, alone on this remote part of the 500-mile Colorado Trail that takes me through a vast expanse …

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I remember buying my first backpacking backpack. I walked into an outdoor store and chatted with a salesman about options. When I asked about lightweight packs, he dismissed them, telling me they would strip away any comfort and weren’t worth it. I left with a backpack that on its own weighed close to five pounds. …

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August 29th, 2014 HWY 120 Eastbound, Yosemite National Park 6:30am [dropcap size=big]M[/dropcap]y headlights lit the trees as I drove in silence. With the faint rise of the sun, the sky was a smear of painted clouds just beyond the Sierra Nevada ridgeline, and as the sun crept closer to the precipice of the mountains’ rugged …

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In honor of our latest print issue, we’re giving away a copy of A Woman’s Guide to the Wild! Head to Instagram to enter. (Review originally published February 18, 2016.)   +++ In the introduction to her book A Woman’s Guide to the Wild: Your Complete Outdoor Handbook, author Ruby McConnell describes her motivation for writing …

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One of the first things I learned about Melissa Coles was that she studied taekwondo and knows how to escape everything from headlocks to alligator attacks. One of the second was that she sends scores of letters to friends and family back in her hometown of Loganville, Georgia. With chin-length hair and wire frame glasses …

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“Still really scared” is how I would describe my mental state whenever I shut the trunk of the car, giving the fresh pair of undies I laid out to change into upon my return a wistful glance, before heading out for a solo lady backpack expedition. I have gone backpacking in the Pacific Northwest, alone, …

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“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me,” Sara said while we walked. The sun beat on us, taking my sweat and making me red. I told her that the only Bible verse …

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I have come to believe that there may be nothing that requires more self-reliance than backpacking. And solo backpacking? Even more so. Last year, I completed my first solo (and first ever) backpacking trip. I planned a three-day excursion, and before I left, some asked if it seemed scary, or if I was worried, or …

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