My Immigrant Story: Loneliness and Empowerment at the American Campground
The author moved to the United States at eight years old and took her first camping trip soon after. The outdoors became an escape from the stressors of being a new American and a reminder that enjoying nature can be a privilege in itself.
Are Backwoods Beats Really Harmless?
Most of us hit the outdoors seeking calm and quiet, but Chuck Thompson prefers to blast a little 38 Special by his campfires. Still, even a rustic headbanger like him has to wonder if the coming age of total connectivity in otherwise wild places is good for bees, beasts, and man.
Sleeping Alone in the Woods While Female
Plenty of people are hesitant to camp solo, but for women, many of whom deal with catcalls during mundane morning jogs, it's harder to dismiss imagined sexual predators lurking in the woods. The author explores why she heads out alone anyway.
To Diversify the Outdoors, We Have to Think About Who We're Excluding
Ambreen Tariq started the Instagram @brownpeoplecamping to get people to rethink what being outdoorsy means
We Survived Four Days at a Prehistoric Survival Camp
Welcome to the ninth annual Firefly Gathering, a four-day survival camp packed with pine-needle baskets, tomahawk throws, sinew glue, mycology crawls, and ecstatic drumming.
No Amount of Traffic or Instagrammers or Drunks Can Take the Magic Out of (Semi-) Wilderness
In which Wells Tower braves the rain, smog, and peak-weekend hordes of Great Smoky Mountains National Park to give his three-month-old son a first taste of nature’s sweetness
How to Plan a Mostly Seamless, Totally Adventurous Family Road Trip
Trail runner, life-balance pro, and car-camping dad Luke Nelson shows us how it's done
Pioneer: Alyssa Ravasio
Hipcamp allows you to easily find and reserve great campsites nationwide
The Greatest Collection of Cabin Inspiration Ever Assembled
It’s no secret what you’re getting into when you run across Cabin Porn on the bookshelf: unadulterated, glorious cabins.
5 Spooky Ways to Get Outside This Halloween
Halloween falls on Saturday this year. Take advantage of it.
How to Start a Fire
From survival strategies to kindling tricks to impress your friends, we’ll cover it all so you can make sure you’re warm and well s’mores-ed
Camping 101: Get Ready for Anything
Experiencing setbacks in the great outdoors will bring out your inner MacGyver. Make sure he has an idea of what you’ll be up against.
Do It: Predict the Weather (No App Required)
You’re deep into a long hike and the clouds start rolling in. This is how you interpret the signs—all on your own.
Hiking 101: Pick Your Footwear
A step-by-step guide