Chris Clayton

Author's Bio

Chris Clayton lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife, daughter, and son. His writing has appeared in Men’s Health, Delta Sky magazine, Mpls.St. Paul Magazine, and other publications. His favorite outdoor escape is the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, where he heads annually with friends to hike, fish, sip whiskey from a Nalgene, and tell a few lies.

Pitch a Tent in NYC Without Getting Arrested

Maybe you’re looking to visit New York on the cheap. Or perhaps the incongruous notion of camping in a seething, belching metropolis is right in your wheelhouse. Whatever’s driving your urban cowboy fantasies, you’ll be glad to know that it is, in fact, possible to sleep under the stars in the Big Apple (and you don’t even have to occupy Wall Street to do it).

The Best Beer Region in America

Whether a byproduct of the “eat local” movement or simply an evolution of taste, beer is now fetishized like wine.

Birding: Not Just for Old Folks

By valuing adrenaline over a more complete understanding of my surroundings, I often feel disconnected from nature while having a great time in it. I suspect I’m not alone in wishing my adventures had more dimension—but where to start?

5 Hotels with Sweet Cycles

Hotels are constantly adding new bells and whistles to get a leg up on the competition—think access to fancy guitars and complementary museum passes. Now, many venues are starting to keep their cycling guests happy with premium-ride loaners.

Should I Enroll in the TSA’s PreCheck Program?

For $85 and a background check, TSA’s PreCheck allows travelers access to an expedited lane where they don't have to remove belts and shoes, and laptops and liquids can remain in carry-ons.

Kayaking in the Everglades

The Everglades are filled with mazes and monsters to challenge even the most seasoned paddlers. But if you can navigate the tides and the uncompromisingly flat terrain, avoid alligators and insects, and keep your GPS in good working order, you’ll be rewarded with a truly unique wetland adventure.

What is a Loppet, and Where can I Try One?

A loppet is a great gathering of skiers who ski on a specifically groomed trail; enormous amounts of food and drink are consumed during the event. After, there’s a party and celebratory banquet with awards and prizes.