The Best Snowshoes

Snowshoeing is an incredibly fun, safe, and affordable way to continue getting in some serious outdoor time when the cold weather strikes and the snow on backcountry trails are just too deep for regular hiking. Unlike cross-country skiing or ski-mountaineering, just about anyone can learn the essentials required to become a proficient snowshoer in next… Read More

The Best Sleeping Bags

Whether you’re an occasional weekend warrior or a diehard “dirtbag” thru-hiker who spends more time on the trail than not, your choice of sleeping bag will largely determine just how enjoyable your trips in the backcountry will prove to be. Along with your tent, backpack, and boots, this is one of the “biggies” of the… Read More

The Best Cross Country Ski Boots

Many newcomers to the world of cross country skiing can be daunted by the logistics entailed in gathering the requisite gear for their forthcoming adventures. With so many specs, features, flaws, and failings to be accounted for before committing to a purchase, in fact, any would-be buyer who doesn’t happen to have the patience of… Read More

Snare trap

Certain lost arts still have their place in the required skill set for outdoor survival situations. Navigating by the stars, starting a fire without matches or a lighter, digging a snow hole, building a makeshift shelter with branches and brush, and filtering water from a wild source with rocks and pebbles are just a few…. Read More