Blog > John Spalding

  Text-Friendly Gloves
If you’re like me, when you’re off skiing or snowshoeing across a glorious winterscape, you don’t want to be simply gulping fresh air and developing a case of delayed onset muscle soreness. No, no—you also want to be shooting video, flipping through your iPod playlists, checking your friends’ status updates, and harvesting crops on FarmVille. And the last thing you want is to have to remove your gloves for any of this—particularly if you’re on the lift and it’s 20 below...

Blog > Katie Benoit
Average: 4.5 (2 votes)
Mar 27, 2012

Is it just me, or does it seem like memberships at gyms have quadrupled since, well, just last fall? Chock it up to sneaking in a few too many chocolate bars for Valentine’s Day or hibernating during this winter, but it seems like everyone’s trying to work it all off double time at the gym before bathing suit season gets here. Whatever the case, it sure makes it hard to find a treadmill easily. (Surely I can’t be the only one frustrated with fighting the crowds at the gyms now, can I?)

Blog > Glicker
Average: 5 (5 votes)
Mar 29, 2012

By Joe Glickman

"Courage is resistance to fear...not absence of fear." --Mark Twain

Five months before the publication of  Fearless: One Woman, One Kayak, One Continent, the story of Freya Hoffmeister’s 332-day paddle around Australia, the big, bold Woman in Black headed south from Buenos Aires on the first of three, eight-month legs of what she hopes will be the first circumnavigation of South America by kayak.

Average: 4 (1 vote)
Apr 03, 2012

This is the Angel Oak, which, at an estimated 1500 years old, is one of the world's oldest live oak trees.

Blog > Lscott1027
Average: 5 (2 votes)
Apr 05, 2012

By Leigh Scott, American Hiking Society

The pastoral countryside and peaceful rolling hills near Sharpsburg, Maryland, belie the fact that this beautiful landscape was the site of the bloodiest one-day battle in U.S. history. Were it not for silent platoons of sobering historical plaques, stalwart rows of strategically-placed cannons, and stoic legions of intricately-carved memorials, a hike through the Antietam battlefield would seem like a typical walk through the picturesque fields and farmlands along the Blue Ridge.

Blog > Katie Benoit
Average: 5 (2 votes)
Apr 10, 2012

In today’s Q&A, we’re catching up with husband-and-wife author team JD Tanner and Emily Ressler, and finding out how they make marriage, love, and work…well…work:

Blog > sfculpep

Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden, Connecticut, north of New Haven (41°25′50″N 72°53′27″W), swarms in warm weather, its half-dozen small peaks packed with hikers, the majority heading up the Tower Trail to a three-story stone lookout built in the 1930s by the federal Work Projects Administration.

Blog > Dean Ronzoni
Average: 4.5 (2 votes)
Apr 19, 2012

By Dean Ronzoni, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands.

Blog > Sara Baker
Average: 4.3 (3 votes)
Apr 19, 2012

Welcome to the FalconGuides blog at Please take a look around and enjoy all of the new features on the fully re-launched website, including an interactive destination map; a community where you can share your outdoor pictures and videos; monthly editorial and blog features such as a Gear Guide, The Best of Outdoor Destinations, and Inside National Parks; sneak peaks of our featured and bestselling books; polls, videos, and contests; and much more...

Blog > John Spalding

Slacking Off

Gibbson SlacklineIf you hadn’t heard of slacklining before Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show, then chances are you’re familiar with it now. While Madge belted out “Music,” some 114 million viewers were treated to a toga-clad Andy Lewis—Sketchy Andy or Mr. Slackline, as he’s known on You Tube—bounce for 30 seconds on a two-inch wide slackline, before dismounting with a backflip. Lewis stole the show and made headlines around the world, springing the underground sport of slacklining into the mainstream.


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