We were skeptical: How could a pack this big and technical be so inexpensive? But after schlepping even 40-pound loads with the Terra, we finally concluded there's no catch. It's just a great...
Made of lightweight carbon fiber, this sturdy probe is long enough for real rescues and thick enough to feel solid in chunky debris. 8 ft extended, 16 in collapsed, 8.7 oz; genuineguidegear.com
These oat-and-chocolate-covered cookie-dough balls are savory and satisfying, with 11 g of protein and the same carb blend as regular PowerBars. But even with water, they're a bit dry for midworkout...
The Camp Muir routes up Mount Rainier are all-time classics. Here's what to expect.
It's huge. It's nasty. And it's a beast to get up. But guess what: The summit is worth all the hard work it takes to get there.
Get in shape to climb Mount Rainier.
Alternating these two groups of strength exercises will prep your legs and core to climb and descend well with a loaded pack.
Reaching Mt. Rainier's summit requires a strong aerobic base, and plenty of hill climbing. Here's how to get both.
A waffle recipe from endurance athlete Mike Kloser.
He's the original dirtbag hero, with a record of first ascents and endless exploration that will never be matched. At 87, Fred Beckey is still crazy for rock.
On our 2010 Life List of gear we can't live without: Osprey's Aether backpack.
On our 2010 Life List of gear we can't live without: Big Agnes's Diversion Insulated Air Core Recycled sleeping pad.
On our 2010 Life List of gear we can't live without: Old Town's Penobscot canoe.
On our 2010 Life List of gear we can't live without: Leatherman's Wave multitool.
On our 2010 Life List of gear we can't live without: Keen's Newport H2 sandals.