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.

5 Hotels with High-Tech Amenities

I could care less about luggage-sorting robots or Facebook kiosks. But a high-tech bell and whistle that actually elevates my hotel stay? Yes, please.

The Best Ballparks for Adventurers

It’s a new golden era for outdoor baseball—one in which Major League ballparks go out of their way to evoke a sense of place.

Where To Drink Beer Naked

As anyone who has ever downed a High Life in the shower knows, nude drinking is an excellent way to exercise free will while toasting our birthday-suited ancestors who drank fermented stag blood by moonlight.

The Best Airports for Cyclists

It used to be, you could get tasered for riding your bike to the airport. Thankfully, the great urban two-wheel boom has seen dedicated lanes and other cycling infrastructure added to airports worldwide.

Why You Should Buy a Ski Pass Right Now

All they really have to do is jump on the not-so-secret season pass sales that have become a rite of spring for powder heads. Here are a few of the best deals—occurring right now, so hurry—to be had for the 2014–2015 season.

Get High at These 5 Kitesurfing Locales

Imagine surfing on a wakeboard while a big-ass kite pulls you across the water (and occasionally out of it). This is kiteboarding in horribly reductive terms, but you knew that already and would prefer we get to the part where pro kitesurfer Damien LeRoy answers the question in question.

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.