Frederick Reimers

Stoic Arx XL

Great balance of weight, livability, and cost.

Marmot Cloudbreak

Provides the tailoring of a high-end down bag—snug hood, plush draft tubes around the face, ergonomic footbox—in a moderately priced synthetic.

REI Igneo

Sleeping bags keep getting lighter thanks to thinner fabrics and ever finer and fluffier grades of down. Which is a good thing, except when it isn’t. A couple of the bags we tested didn’t make the...

Stoic Somnus 15

A luxurious, incredibly light bag at a great price.

Sierra Designs Pyro Maniac 15/30

If your budget doesn’t allow for both summer-weight and three-season bags, this is a great way to split the difference.

The 2012 Adventure Bucket List

Float the Grand Canyon in a Dory. Bike across America. Tie your own fly. And 47 more essential items for the ultimate adventurer.

Paddle Among Icebergs

Glacier Bay is like a Whitman’s Sampler of Alaskan hallmarks: humpback whales, orcas, seals, eagles, brown bears, and building-size columns of ice plunging into the sea.

Float Free Water

The dismantling of the Elwha River’s dams in Olympic National Park will free some 70 miles of rollicking whitewater and serious salmon spawning grounds. Celebration is in order.

Buy Lobster Off the Boat

The only thing better than paddling between empty islands for a few days? Doing so on a diet of fresh lobster.

See A Wolf

Take five days to traverse the 40-mile Greenstone Ridge Trail, which spans Isle Royale’s entire windswept spine, keep quiet, and if you’re lucky you’ll catch a glimpse of the pack.

Climb in Wonderland

There are more than 7,500 climbing routes in Joshua Tree, a mix of bolted and trad, all of them on remarkably clean monzogranite rock.

Get Dirty

Great Sand Dunes National Park is a terrific place to enjoy the splendors of nature. While going really, really fast.

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