Frederick Reimers

Grand Teton

One-Up the Grand

The Grand Teton’s neighbor, the 12,804-foot Middle Teton, is a lot less likely to kill you, requires no ropes, and offers the same crazy views.

Lower Muir Inlet

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.

Elwha River

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.

Isle Au Haut

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.

Isle Royale, Michigan

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.

Joshua Tree

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.

Great Sand Dunes

Get Dirty

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

Bryce Canyon

Go Dark

On May 20, a swath of the American West from Oregon to New Mexico will catch an almost complete solar eclipse. There’s no better place to see this spooky phenomenon than Bryce Canyon National Park.

Santa Monica Mountains

Park and Ride

Here’s a primer on the best existing bike-friendly trails in the national park system.

Mount Sinopah

Cross the Border

Pack your passport and credit card but keep your panniers light for this six-day mission through the most majestic scenery south of Alaska.

Iraqi soldier

Hard Sell

The PR spin that keeps tourists coming when rabies, kidnapping, and other calamities make headlines

Ortovox Cristallo

Ortovox Cristallo

Outside picks the essentials for January, including the Ortovox Cristallo jacket.

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