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Spoiler: it isn't all that different from real ground beef

As RV rentals and purchases continue to skyrocket, these three startups are going beyond the basic rental scheme to be more on demand, millennial focused, and remote-work-friendly

Living in a big city doesn't mean you can't spend a weekend outdoors this summer

It's not easy to make a living as a professional mountain runner, but the globe-trotting Coloradan is doing it on his own terms. We sent our writer on a weeklong bus trip with Gates (and a bunch of sweaty strangers) to find out more.

How to keep your devices safe when you park at a trailhead

Backed by billionaire philanthropists and Silicon Valley venture capitalists, a wave of entrepreneurs are developing high-tech, low-cost technologies to probe the watery realms we still barely understand. Are the oceans finally getting their moon-shot moment?

Featuring activities like scavenger hunts and three-legged races, adult recess is about more than winning

The demands of being a celebrity chef forced the former professional mountain biker to abandon the sport completely, but he's back in the saddle now

How these photographers get outside in the biggest cities in the United States

In and around San Francisco, locavores are scouring their neighborhoods for edible ingredients. And you can, too.

Skip the masses at popular vistas and landmarks, and opt for these nearby (empty!) locales instead

Who says you can't camp in (or near) big cities?

Rickey Gates ran 1,303 miles on the streets of San Francisco over 46 days, from November through December

Don't travel this iconic route without hitting up great camping, hiking, surfing, and more along the way

Watch the new documentary, read why Rickey Gates found running every street of his city worthwhile, and plan your own running discovery quest.

Inversions can choke all the fun out of winter in some places (looking at you, Salt Lake City)

The European outdoor-retail behemoth is flooding the U.S. market with $3.50 backpacks. Will wary consumers buy in?

Boyan Slat, the 24-year-old founder and CEO of the Ocean Cleanup, has finally launched a system he says will rid the Great Pacific Garbage Patch of half its plastic trash in five years.

If you're still using ground beef, you've got a lot to learn

This time, the globetrotting ultrarunner is keeping things local

Broken pipes, crumbling walkways, closed trails—this is what the $11.6 billion maintenance backlog looks like on the ground

The problem isn’t dockless bikes. It's dockless cars.

You're a woman who rides a bike? I'm assuming you've been the target of lewd comments, threats, and maybe even outright assault. It has to stop.

Hopdash aims to help you meet up with local running teams while on the road

Got a job you can do from anywhere? These eight international adventure towns and cities welcome you.

An otherwise fit 42-year-old, I had the range of motion of a sycamore.

Back on My Feet, a nonprofit with 12 chapters across the country, believes it can

Crowdfunding was intended for startups. Should they keep using the platform when they grow up?

In short, your children are in vastly more danger in their own driveways than they are in a bicycle child seat

Bring your skis and a good book, and prepare to settle in

Sure, it's early season, but book these mid- and late-winter vacations now and you'll save big

When she was in college, Jack Kerouac’s book The Dharma Bums helped the author find her place in wilderness and in life. She hoped it would do the same for her 16-year-old son as they embarked on a mother-son California road trip retracing Kerouac’s adventures.

A growing number of outfitters are offering options for adaptive athletes

A three-inch blade you'll always want on your side.

Our former editor on Thomas McGuane's almost cinematic contemplation of hunting

Get far into the wilderness in as little time as possible

Two San Francisco surfers are upgrading swimwear by eschewing the bikini for UV-deflecting, skin-protecting leggings

We asked a seasoned road chef to lay out his simple, but totally dialed kit

When you think San Francisco, you think tech companies. But the city is also chock-full of outdoor brands building high-end gear right next to the bay. From bikes to bags to boards, here are six of our favorites.

We spoke to the CEO of the new Virgin Sport to find out what to expect in 2017. The short answer: While the details are thin, the vibe sounds like farmer’s market meets marathon expo.

Filmmaker Danny MacRostie has a vibrant obsession with shooting fog at Mt. Tamalpais in San Francisco. Over the course of 18 months, he gathered these images to create this timelapse.

Pete Kostelnick just broke one of the toughest running records in history, logging an average of 72 miles for 42 days straight. He's the latest in a line of runners going back 120 years who have tested their mettle by crossing the country on foot.

A leather jacket a generation in the making

The highly anticipated Mavericks surfing contest has been nixed this weekend even as epic waves roll into Northern California's coast. Blame the Super Bowl.

The North Face Endurance Challenge Championships in San Francisco, California, is quickly becoming one of the most most competitive races in the country.

Earlier this year, Optum Pro Cycling teamed up with volunteers from healthcare company Optum, the San Francisco 49ers, and California-based non-profit Turning Wheels for Kids to build and distribute 50 bikes—with helmets and locks—to students of the 49ers Academy.

Smell like the great outdoors, no matter where you are.

A pair of sturdy jeans for your bike.

Those Big Sur views were big money to begin with, but they're even richer paired with amenities like these.

What’s better than ice cream? It’s not a purely rhetorical question. The answer? Grown-up ice cream, spiked with wine, beer, and spirits. As the summer heat cranks to high, head to one of these regional ice cream spots for a shot of cool, creamy delight. Cayuga Lake Creamery Interlaken, New…

If you're in it for the long haul, you might as well haul it in.

No longer just a party drink quarantined to tiki bars and beach-themed bonfire bashes, artisanal Rum is making a serious comeback.

I could care less about luggage-sorting robots or Facebook kiosks. But high-tech bells and whistles that actually elevate my hotel stay? Yes, please. Be sure to book the following forward-looking lodgings whose amenities go well beyond the usual gimmickry.  Stanford Court San Francisco Hotel | (Ted…

With the launch of Strava Metro, the Bay Area-based online fitness company hopes to become an advocate for its users.

It’s not necessarily the facility that counts when you’re waking up at ungodly hours of the morning to clean and jerk—it’s the quality of the instructors, and the camaraderie of the friends who join you there. In fact, each CrossFit gym is supposed to be uniquely inviting, whether it's…

Outdoor music festivals are becoming as much a part of the American summer as baseball games, barbecues, and mosquito bites. At them, you can enjoy space to move (and sometimes pitch a tent), natural scenery, tastes of the local food vendors, Frisbees flying, and the wafting…

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. Thus, it’s no longer that strange (or seemingly suspicious—sheesh!) for a cyclist to pedal…

Reduced-oxygen training room Air Fit opens in Bay Area

Can married duo Sami Inkinen and Meredith Loring row across the Pacific without sugar or carbs and stay together?

What's the best way to get to know a new city? Put on your sneakers and move.

When thieves stole his beloved ­commuter bike on a busy street in broad daylight, PATRICK SYMMES snapped—and set out on a cross-­country plunge into the heart of ­America’s bike-crime underbelly. What he saw will ­rattle your frame.

On wind-blasted San Fran­cisco Bay, a crew of hardcore rowers dodges freighters and fog banks for kicks. They are mostly women over 40. And they will destroy you.

There's no better way to get in shape than to prepare for a triathlon. Here's your guide to the ultimate first-time experience.

Saloons so good you'll take an adventure just to see them.

The new canvas for artistic expression? Bike racks. San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, among other cities, have instituted design competitions for their sidewalk bike racks. And in New York this spring, workers will begin replacing 225 outdated parking meters with winning rack designs—which, presumably, will not look like parking…

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Some cities are magnets for groundbreaking industries. Here are 13 that have put themselves on the map.

Nothing beats a great live show, especially when you’re enjoying it under the sun or the stars. Presenting the 15 best outdoor music festivals in North America. Because summer is the time to play the field. Sasquatch! Bonnaroo The Roots Picnic Telluride Bluegrass…

CEO, Evolve Sports and Mavericks Surf Ventures, San Francisco, CA

There are two choices when confronting the current chaos in the job market: Be afraid. (Useless.) Be bold. (That’s the spirit.) Because moments of turmoil present the biggest opportunities to take a new direction, to find an employer who gets your need for adventure, to finally break free of the cubicle. How We Picked…

First I heard seals. Then coyotes. Then I opened my eyes to a full-frontal view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Such is life at Cavallo Point, a 46-building resort on a renovated army base in the Golden Gate National Parks that opened last July. The first hotel to start up…

Can't skip town this weekend? No problem

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