Photos by David S. Mullally

One minute I’m on a plane from Monterey, California to Lima, Peru, and the next I’m standing at the foot of a waterfall in the highest tropical mountain range in the world with a rope around my waist.

Blog > Allison Park

Boise’s outdoor scene might be best known for its prolific mountain biking trails scattered across the city’s many hillsides, but the hiking trails are equally spectacular. During a recent visit to Boise, a friend introduced me to a trailhead tucked into a neighborhood close to the Crane Creek Country Club. I believe the area is one of those “you don’t know about it unless someone tells you about it” kind of places.

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Jul 21, 2014

Mmmm, nothing says summer like ice cream on a hot day. Making your own ice cream is something everyone should try at least once. With this method, you don’t need any machinery at all. You just need energy. Best of all, after you work up a sweat, you can reward yourself with a yummy, cool treat.


Easy Ice Cream Recipe

Serving size: 2

1 1/2 cups milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/3 cup sugar

1 tablespoon chocolate or strawberry syrup

Ice cubes

Rock salt

After being intrigued by Southern California’s Catalina Island for over thirty years, we finally set the course for the only privately owned island of the eight Channel Islands, seven of which are National Park. Once I deciphered the seasonal ferry schedule, it was a smooth 45-minute journey aboard the Catalina Express catamaran.

Blog > Johnny Molloy

In my recent book, Hiking through History Virginia, I used the state’s rich past as a backdrop for selecting forty hikes scattered throughout the Old Dominion that take readers to the most fascinating places where Virginia’s past can be experienced by trail. One such hike is the Corbin Cabin Loop, located off the east side of Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. 


Gardeners are some of the friendliest people around. They just want to share the beauty of their work with others. You can find hundreds of public gardens around the country, and often nonprofit groups or volunteers run them. Seek out a couple public gardens in your area or when you’re traveling. It’s impossible not to appreciate the gorgeous scenes.


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May 27, 2014

On Friday, June 6, we staffers at FalconGuides will lace up our hiking shoes and slip out of the office early to ascend the main trail at Sleeping Giant State Park, in Hamden, CT. This annual June outing has become a favorite tradition at Falcon, not simply because we love the fresh air and the spectacular views that await us atop the Giant’s impressive stone lookout tower, but because it’s a fun way for us as a team to observe National Trails Day.

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May 22, 2014

How do you train?

We put this question to the climbers featured in Women Who Dare, Chris Noble’s stunningly photographed book profiling 20 of America’s most inspiring female climbers, from legendary great Lynn Hill to current leading female sport climber Sasha DiGiulian. Here’s what five of them told us.



Sasha DiGiulian

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May 15, 2014

Escape to Muir Woods

By Allison Park

I have only recently started exploring the San Francisco Bay Area, and have a particular interest in the outer hiking areas. S.F. is one of those unique urban centers that provide relatively easy access to hiking trails just outside of the city, one of which lies in Marin County: Muir Woods. Muir Woods is a national park created by conservationist, John Muir at the turn of the 20th Century and is a popular destination for nature lovers, families, and anyone looking to enjoy some redwood splendor.


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