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Top Paddling Schools

By Ann Beman - Updated by GreatOutdoors

Top Paddling Schools: For Whitewater Kayak, Canoe, and Sea Kayak.

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Camp Coffee Throwdown

By Jessica Drollette

Come along as's resident coffee expert offers advice on five great ways to make camp coffee: two gear-intensive ways for car camping, two lightweight methods for backpacking, and one new favorite that utilizes an all new product.

GPS Navigation in the Wilds: Getting Started

Experts from Magellan accompany editor Peter Potterfield on a series of hikes in Utah's Arches National Park to demonstrate the benefits of using handheld GPS devices like the new eXplorist 310 to navigate in the wilds--and to show how easy it is to get started.

Staff’s Favorite Gear of 2008

By Staff staff members spend as much time in the out of doors as possible, so they take their outdoor equipment seriously. Here are a few favorite pieces of gear that served us well this year, from the Chilkoot Pass in Alaska  and the Beartooths of Montana to the Haute Route in the Alps.

The Magic of Splitboarding

With a little special gear and some uphill work, snowboarders can enjoy untracked backcountry powder just like a traditional skier with AT gear

The Challenge of Orienteering

By Dougald MacDonald

Welcome to the confounding and addictive world of competitive orienteering, a blend of cross-country running and navigation, with brains and woods sense counting more than brawn.

The Basics: Getting Started Rafting

By Mark Sundeen

All the gear, how-to advice, and location information you need to feel free and easy on the river

Bike Maintenance

By Jeff Nachtigal

When life gives you a flat fill your tire with dirt, and other gems.

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Snowboard Boots: Your Ticket To Ride

By Visitor

Finding the right snowboard boot for your skill level is a matter of balancing performance with comfort. Here are some guidelines to get you outfitted.

It's All In Your Head

By Nancy Hobbs

A veteran's tips for getting off road and onto the trail--an attitude adjustment is part of the training.

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Canoe Camping

By Beth Geiger

Plan, pack and paddle. A comprehensive guide to low impact camping and high paddling fun by Beth Geiger.

From Bow to Stern

By Beth Geiger

A canoe or kayak is a backpacker's dream: so much space for gear!

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Becoming a Surf Kayaker

By Ann Beman

Surf lingo--don't let the terminology stand between you and a great time out on the water. Learn how to play before you jump in.

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Night Running in the Northwest

By Mike McQuaide

Nighttime trailrunning. It's not for everyone, but once you get the hang of it, it's a good way of staying fit through the winter months.

Snowboarding Glossary

By Staff

Whale Tale, Whoop de Doo, Goofy Foot, Snake Run? Not new hip hop dances--just the lingo of snowboarders carving up the slopes.

Get Your Gear In Gear

By Kristi Streiffert

Kristi Streiffert shows how a little prep work now spares you the aggravation of last minute repairs...

A Noncamper Conquers Canyonlands

By Karen Laski

Self-confessed non-camper Karen Laski spends 12 days in the wild and enjoys (almost) every minute of it.

Grays on Trays

By Doug Taylor

Be adventurous, be bold, be outrageous. Grab a single plank and follow your kids to the slopes. You won't be disappointed.


By Margaret Pinch

Retiring? A well-chosen, well-planned trip can become an invigorating blend of active adventure, culture and relaxation ... all the ingredients of serious fun during retirement.

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