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You thought L.A. was all urban sprawl and strip malls, right? WRONG. If you don't know where to start hiking, here are my favorite trails in SoCal.

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Hiking Moraine Lake

A stunning area for autumn larch foliage, the easy trail around one shore of Moraine Lake is a must-hike for photographers and lovers of epic scenery in the summer as well. There are lots of opportunities for outdoor adventures here, including kayaking in the aquamarine lake and longer backpacking treks into Consolation or Larch Valleys or across the Wenkchemna and…

read » July 25, 2016
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Hiking the Soldiers Loop

This beautiful loop through a quiet corner of Giant Forest offers a bit of park history, beautiful meadows, giant sequoias, and some phenomenal sunset viewing spots at Moro Rock and Hanging Rock. Set aside a cool June evening to get the best out of the hike so that you can enjoy the late evening views west over the Sierra Foothills.…

read » July 21, 2016
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Product Review: Vasque Inhaler II GTX Hiking Boot

On the Quick: Style: High top Waterproof: Yes Pros: Lightweight and extremely breathable Cons: Slightly stiff while breaking in Best for: Hot weather hiking and backpacking Retail Price: $159.99   OK, first thing’s first — Vasque boots and I have a bit of a history. Back when I was first getting started hiking with my cotton shirts and jean shorts and ill-fitting…

read » July 21, 2016
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OPINION: The Republican Party’s Commitment to Conservation

A week before the start of the 2016 Republican Convention, the Republican Party issued a platform that officially outlined its goals and principles in the upcoming election. Although much of the platform describes political goals not relevant to the world of outdoor recreation, one section of the platform concerns the Republican Party’s vision for the role of the United States Forest…

read » July 20, 2016
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Hiking to Angel Glacier at Mount Edith Cavell

This short and relatively easy trail puts you within sight of the hanging Angel Glacier and the otherworldly blue glacial pond beneath Mount Edith Cavell — the most prominent peak entirely within the boundaries of Alberta — which was named for an incredible heroine of World War I. Further trail options include a beautiful alpine meadow, and a challenging technical ascent of…

read » July 20, 2016
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Hiking Sunshine Meadows

A figure-8 loop across the border into British Columbia that passes the Continental Divide and three stunning alpine lakes beyond a popular ski resort. With waterfalls and snow in the early summer, spectacular wildflower displays later in the season, and golden larches in the fall, this is often called Canada’s best day hike … and for good reason. Sunshine Meadows…

read » July 19, 2016
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Product Review: Mountainsmith Cooler Tube

On The Quick: Mountainsmith Cooler Tube Style: Accessory Pros: Lightweight, insulated, waterproof construction; easy access via full-length zipper Cons: None, really! Best for: Bringing a six pack outside with you and keeping it cool! MSRP: $21.95-24.95   Here in Colorado, beer is just about as big of a thing as skiing, snowboarding, and bagging 14’ers. One could even argue that Colorado was built on it.…

read » July 18, 2016
Scodie Mountain from the PCT

Hike Scodie Mountain via Northeast Ridge

Note: This map renders additional distance on this route for some reason. The GPX is accurate at 6.9 miles roundtrip. Scodie Mountain is the highest peak in the Scodie Mountain subrange of the southern Sierra Nevada mountains. While this peak doesn’t qualify as a classic, the solitude and views easily make it a worthwhile objective if you are looking for…

read » July 15, 2016
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Interview: Matt Holly of NPMaps

Odds are when you’re looking to explore a new place — even if it’s just during a daydream — you’re either inspired by a map or a map is the first place you turn to once you’ve decided you want to gather a bit more information about it. One of the very first experiences you have when you enter a…

read » July 15, 2016

Pokemon Go Outside

Maybe you’ve seen them – hordes of people walking around in groups, holding their phones up and pointing them at odd places, talking about incense and modules and gyms and a whole bunch of words you don’t understand. This is Pokemon Go – and it has apparently taken over the entire world. As someone who falls into the age bracket of…

read » July 14, 2016

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