The Best of Outdoors

On a whim, a paragraph about dog-friendly Lake Mary led us from Carmel, California, over Yosemite’s Tioga Pass to a place called “Mammoth.” We checked into historic Tamarack Lodge on Twin Lakes as darkness silhouetted the granitic Mammoth Crest and looming Mammoth Mountain against the glittering dome of stars.

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.

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.

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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

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May 13, 2014

To ride here or ride there? That is the question in New York City.

I’ve been cycling New York City’s streets, bike paths and greenways for more than a decade every day (almost) and I haven’t come even close to exhausting all that the city has to offer in terms of cycling terrain. Nearly every day opens yet another door onto some previously overlooked alluring aspect of city cycling. What’s more, each borough, neighborhood, shoreline and park has its own unique appeal. Singling out one corner over another, one route above the next, seems almost blasphemous.

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Apr 11, 2014

Covering more than 60,000 square acres and spreading across Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas, the Ozarks offer endless beauty and solitude for outdoor enthusiasts. Hikes across long ridgetops, into quiet valleys and cool hollows, and through rocky creeks give visitors a chance to view the unique natural and cultural history of the area. Springs, caves, sinkholes, bluffs, glades, hardwood forests, clear-flowing streams, waterfalls, and lakes are the natural gems of the Ozarks.

Given the vastness of this region, selecting a hike can be overwhelming. In their book, Hiking Ozarks: A Guide to the Area’s Greatest Hiking Adventures, JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner detail forty of the what they consider the very best hiking trails throughout the region. And here, below, they share with us their five favorite Ozark trails.

 

by Damon Corso

“When you grab an edge at Stoney, you’re touching a hold Royal Robbins caressed. When you step on a hold, you could be adding your boot scum to that of Bob Kamps. When you peel off Boulder 1 and land in the dirt, you’re thumping where Yvon Chouinard did.”—John Sherman, Stone Crusade

Stoney Point Park, tucked into the corner of Topanga Canyon Blvd and the 118 freeway in Chatsworth, is Los Angeles' oldest outdoor climbing gym, and as the country's first "bouldering area," its sandstone walls and boulders have been used by climbers for over 80 years.

At Stoney Point it is easy to follow in the footsteps of such American rock climbing legends as Royal Robbins, Ron Kauk, John Long, Lynn Hill, Yvon Chouinard, John Bachar, Michael Reardon, and Bob Kamps. Some of these luminaries went on to spearhead groundbreaking first ascents of dream climbs, such as the Salathé and North America walls on El Capitan into reality.

Here is my top five list of boulders left behind by some of the greatest heroes of our sport.

What’s your favorite place to climb?

We asked this question of the climbers featured in Women Who Dare, a visually-stunning profile of twenty of America’s most inspiring female climbers, including legendary great Lynn Hill and current top-ranked female outdoor sport climber Sasha DiGiulian. Yosemite, Patagonia, Zion National Park, Hueco Tanks, Indian Creek, Rifle Mountain Park, the New, and the Red are places that the women mention again and again. They think nothing of driving from Washington, D.C., to Kentucky’s Red River Gorge for a weekend. Or of bouncing around from location to location, all while living out of their car, like Kate Rutherford. So these women, who seemingly have climbed everywhere, have their pick of the world’s best climbing locations… which ones are their favorites? Read on to find out:

By Claire Cain

What happens when you link a National Scenic Trail and an Estuary of National Significance? You create a gateway to hiking adventure.

Chittenden Park, a Guilford town park situated on the shore of the Long Island Sound, is the official terminus or “gateway” to the New England Trail (NET). If you visit, you’ll notice that the shoreline at Chittenden offers a totally different atmosphere from what visitors experience at other, more-developed beaches on the sound. And this makes the park a special place to begin or end a journey on the NET.

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Congratulations to FalconGuides author Bob Gaines, whose Best Climbs: Joshua Tree National Park was selected as the Best Outdoor Guidebook in the Outdoor Writers Association of California's 2013 Excellence in Craft Awards.

The annual awards recognize California's best outdoor writing (and more). Bob Gaines' book was considered "the ultimate information source," according to the association.

By Lydia Williams, Shoreline Greenway Trail; Photos courtesy Shoreline Greenway Trail

In the summer of 2001, Joe Marshall, a resident of Guilford, Conn., went to visit his daughter and her family in Rhode Island, where his grandchildren often enjoyed riding their bikes on a trail built along a defunct rail line. He was struck with an idea: Joe’s beloved Connecticut shoreline had a lot to offer, but there was something missing. With area roads becoming increasingly dangerous for biking, walking, and running, why didn’t a trail like this exist in our community?

After testing the concept with friends, Joe and a small group banded together and presented a plan to local officials and the residents of four towns along the shore (Madison, Guilford, Branford, and East Haven). The goal? To build a 25-mile trail for walkers, runners, and cyclists extending from Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison to Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven.

Download and/or print this free hike from Best Easy Day Hikes Vail. This new book by Maryann Gaug is a great edition to the Best Easy Day Hikes Series.  BEDH Vail includes concise descriptions and detailed maps for 20 easy-to-follow trails that are within an hour’s drive of Vail.

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