Lynn Hill. Steph Davis. Sasha DiGiulian. These are just a few of the greatest names in women’s climbing history. And they’re just a few of the twenty most inspiring North American female climbers featured in the visually-stunning book, Women Who Dare. Each one has dedicated her life to pursuing her dream, to becoming the best climber she could be. And these ladies have certainly mastered the rock. So when it comes to offering up climbing tips to other climbers, who better to go to for answers? So we dared Lynn Hill, Steph Davis, and others to answer: If you could offer one essential tip to other climbers, what would it be? Read on for their answers:

Blog > Johnny Molloy
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by Johnny Molloy, www.johnnymolloy.com

Hiking in and around Springfield, Illinois, undeservedly gets a bad rap. Situated between the Appalachians to the east and the Rockies to the west, most outdoor enthusiasts imagine walking through endless flat cornfields.

Au contraire mon frère. Hiking within the sphere of Illinois capital city presents trails among glacial carved lands, across wildflower laden prairies, within the rocky depths of the Sangamon River Valley and back into history, to walk where Lincoln did.

Blog > mike.graf

By Mike Graf, author of the Adventures with the Parkers series

Our national parks are full of wonderful hiking opportunities. The Adventures with the Parkers series, which features a fictitious family of four—a mom and dad and their two children, twins Morgan and James who are going into 5th grade—follows this family as it spends a week or so in a famous national park and has adventures derived from trails, campgrounds, tours, or other experiences our best national parks have to offer.

Featured here is one of the hikes from Crack of the Glacier, Touch of the Tidepool, which takes place in Olympic National Park.

Blog > Christine

by Christine Conners

Dehydrophobia is the irrational and debilitating fear of dehydrating your food.

This phobia came to my attention after the publication of "Lipsmackin' Backpackin’." This book, designed for backpackers, regularly called for the use of a dehydrator. Despite the book’s popularity, there were a few readers that had an odd negative reaction to the suggestion of drying their food.

Their reaction was so extreme in fact that I, a trained psychotherapist, couldn’t help but wonder if there wasn’t something more insidious lying beneath the surface. What would cause this? An incident from their childhood? A genetic disorder? A bad case of giardia? And more importantly, what would Freud say?

And then one day it came to me! These people were consumed by a fear, a fear so debilitating that it might forever keep them from discovering the joys of dehydration! They were suffering from a new psychiatric disorder: dehydrophobia.

If you are suffering from dehydyrophobia, take heart! By following my four-week program, you CAN beat this.

Blog > John Spalding
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Nov 29, 2012

As you make your holiday gift lists and check them twice, be sure to keep an eye out for these cool gift suggestions for your favorite gear guy or girl:

Blog > Glicker
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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.

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Biolite Stove

Blog > mike.graf
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By Mike Graf, author of the Adventures with the Parkers series

Our national parks are full of wonderful hiking opportunities. The Adventures with the Parkers series, which features a fictitious family of four—a mom and dad and their two children, twins Morgan and James who are going into 5th grade—follows this family as it spends a week or so in a famous national park and has adventures derived from trails, campgrounds, tours, or other experiences our best national parks have to offer.

Featured here is one of the hikes from “Danger in the Narrows,” which takes place in Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks.

Blog > jtanner61
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by JD Tanner

A backpack that fits your torso properly can make all the difference in how much you enjoy your next day hike, weekender, or expedition. (Some folks say only hiking shoes/boots are more important when it comes to proper fit.) Backpacks that fit poorly can result in a trip full of constant pack adjustments, soar shoulders and back during or after the trip, or even an injury. Here, I'll teach you how to figure out the proper size backpack for your torso:

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