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  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 > Sara Baker

The Guinness Book of World Records confirmed yesterday that surfer Garrett McNamara has indeed broken the world record for longest wave surfed. McNamara surfed a 90 foot wave in Praia do Norte, Nazare, Portugal. The previous record was held by Mike Parsons, who surfed a 77-plus foot wave at Cortes Bank, west of San Diego. In surfing this wave, Garrett also won the Billabong XXL Biggest Wave Award for 2011 with a prize of $15,000.

“It’s amazing we get to do what we do, I am so grateful” Garrett says on his blog.

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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.

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by JD Tanner

I would guess that many of us are familiar with the Devil’s Tower National Monument, one of the filming locations for 1977’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, in northeast Wyoming? The volcanic neck tops out at 5,112 feet above sea level and juts up 865 feet from the ground with nothing but grasslands and pine forests surrounding it. Such an odd formation to be in this location that it is known as a sacred site to the Lakota and over twenty other tribes in the area. The tower is a popular destination for rock climbers and park tourists alike.

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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.

Learning about edible wild plants not only will provide you with some extra food but will also inevitably lead you on a path of discovery about the natural world and our connection to it. Many of the plants we walk past daily, see as ornamentals, or destroy as weeds are indeed edible, delicious, and filled with nutrients.Here, from Edible Wild Plants, by Todd Telander, are five plants you should know about:

by National Wildlife Federation

Welcome to June 2012, a month that has been designated Great Outdoors Month by President Barack Obama and by dozens of states across the country.

National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is gearing up to celebrate the great outdoors with Great American Backyard Campout, scheduled for June 23. You can join the Great American Backyard Campout, whether you are an experienced outdoor enthusiast or a first-time camper. Spend the night sleeping under the stars and give back to American children what they don’t even know they’ve lost—their connection to the natural world. We have all you will need to get you ready to camp at your fingertips on the official website at

If you participate in the Campout, consider nocturnal wildlife-watching as an activity that will keep you and the family entertained even without your computer or TV. Once the sun sets, the cast of critters that roams your yard changes completely. Depending on where you live, here are five species you may be able to spot:

by Dave Black

It’s always a bit of a gamble making “classics” lists. When Fifty Classic Climbs of North America first came out in 1979, most of those climbs saw only a handful of parties every year. After “The Book” was published, most were perpetually covered with climbers like ants on a candy bar. Not that we don’t want to share, but a lot of climbers and canyoneers are stingy about beta for just that reason. Crowds modify the backcountry experience, and eventually complex trails are beaten through what was wilderness. Routes are mega-bolted and dumbed-down to accommodate even the inexperienced and underfit, and that creates all kinds of problems.

Fortunately, all of the routes on this list, with one exception, are beta’d to death already. Some of them are now so crowded they are controlled by quota systems. Go there if you must, but understand that you will never have the same sort of exploration experience in them that the early descenders had. Let these canyons teach you how to canyoneer, then go find something new and exciting of your own.

Here (taken from Canyoneering) is the countdown of ten of my favorite canyons:


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