How can I make a bow and arrows for hunting with materials from the wilderness?

While all athletes need both carbohydrates and protein in their post-workout shake to replenish energy stores and help their muscles recover, triathletes need a higher ratio of carbs to protein to fully replenish their energy from long-distance endurance training. To jumpstart recovery, boost energy, and improve performance, mix up a…

What are the top 10 women's products from Outdoor Retailer?

What new gear are you most excited to see revealed at Outdoor Retailer this weekend?

What are your thoughts on using cellphones to call for rescue in the wilderness? Would I be better with a satellite phone instead?

My wife and I are headed to Beijing for two weeks in September. She needs a pack for the city but can switch gears for short backpacking trips once we get home. What brand and size would you recommend?

Sometimes I get blisters on my feet. What can I do to treat them so I don’t have to stop running?

How do you make a plant-fiber rope in the wild? What kinds of plants should you use?

I’ve just sworn off disposable coffee cups and need a new mug. Suggestions?

What's the most important wilderness first-aid skill to learn?

I want to learn a new skill. Do you know any fun summer (and beyond) camps?

I love wine, but I also want to be healthy. What are the healthiest wines to drink?

What kinds of edible insects are the easiest to catch and most nutritious?

Anything with nuts and chocolate, as far as I’m concerned. Here are my three favorites—but be warned that I use the word “energy” loosely. Halo ($1.59 per 1.7 oz bar; is a new offering from the makers of ProBar. Designed more as a between-meal snack than…

I recently bought a set of resistance bands. What moves should I do to make myself a better runner?

Spending your entire day at the office shouldn’t limit your snack choices. Come to work prepared with healthy snacks, and you’ll improve focus, increase productivity, and avoid packing on pounds. Snack on the five foods below to stay satisfied. WalnutsHealth benefits: Walnuts are high in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty…

I'm looking for an easy-to-use app that will help me track my exercise mileage and food intake. Got any suggestions?

Opt for dark, leafy greens like spinach, kale, mustard, collard, Bok Choy, romaine, or Swiss chard. These darker greens are rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, iron, fiber, and vitamins A, K and C, which are essential for a healthy body. Give your salad an extra nutrient punch by topping…

Whether you’re surfing, river rafting, wakeskating, or running on the beach, the right apparel can make or break your day. Here are eight excellent watersport wardrobe options:     Athleta Surfabout Halter Tankini Athleta Mix Match Surfabout Halter TankiniHorny Toad Chaka Skirt Horny Toad Chaka Skirt Athleta Mix Match Surfabout Halter…

What looks simple from the shore can easily become chaotic and exhausting in practice. After all, you’re trying to transfer power while maintaining balance on a constantly fluctuating surface. Use these movements to develop the skills you need to paddle efficiently: Split Squat Rotational Chop Why it works: This…

The first thing you need to know is that the world of SPF products is tangled, and you should do a little sunscreen research on your own. As a general rule, I try to go by the Environmental Working Group’s Sunscreen Database, which ranks products on a…

I’ve been a slow convert to the barefoot-running phenomenon. What’s holding me back: jarring a body part, the cave-woman aesthetic, and my attachment to traditional running-shoe cush.  But I have friends who swear by barefoot shoes and run trails in Vibram FiveFingers ( The benefits, they say, are that…

How should I deal with wet/smelly/rotting feet in the wild?

I have heard that a skilled tracker can tell what a person ate, any injuries, and myriad other personal details about their life just from looking at their footprints. Is this true?

What are your thoughts on carrying a trash bag or space blanket in your pocket for making a shelter or dealing with hypothermia?

Not just protein, but calories, carbs, and other nutrients—it’s all important. If you skimp on food during intense training, your body will tap into your lean muscle mass for energy. As you increase the intensity of your workouts, your protein intake should increase from about 0.6 to 0.9 grams of…

If I'm alone and my truck is stuck on a muddy road, what's the best way to get out?

What's the best tent for backpacking with my 75-pound dog who likes his space? Kelly Boulder, Colorado

Good balance is critical for conquering difficult rides. The first step to better balance is being able to keep your body mass centered while reacting to adverse terrain. Use these simple drills to improve your body’s stability: Ate Standing Balance – Pedal and come to a complete stop. See how…

What rations should I carry in a car survival kit? The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico

What's the best mirror for a survival kit? The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico

What are your thoughts on reality survival shows? Can one learn any skills of value or are these largely staged? Tammy San Diego, California

Which compass is better, the Silva Ranger or the Suunto MC-2? JonahtHuntington New York

I'm planning to run up the Sears Tower. What's the best way to train? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

What's the best post workout drink? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

What's the best sunscreen to use while snorkeling? — The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico

What's your favorite survival trek of the summer, and why? — The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico

What's the best bike for singletrack and urban commuting? — Amy Philadelphia, PA

What are some good places to learn how to track game in the forest during the summer? — The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico

I will be a tour guide this summer/fall in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The tours involve camping, sightseeing, nightlife, hiking, mountain biking, and whitewater rafting. My pack must not exceed 50 pounds. What items do you recommend for such a diverse itinerary? — Shauna Danos Austin, Texas

When you're hiking in the desert during the summer, is it best to be fully clothed or to wear minimal clothing? What outfit would you recommend? — The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico

Can you recommend a hiking trail for my eight-year-old daughter and me near Asheville, North Carolina? I'm looking for a trail beyond five miles, with pretty scenery. Also, what gear--other than water, snacks, and cell phone--do we need? — Melissa Simmons Saxapahaw, North Carolina

What animals can you hunt in the desert in the summer, and how? — The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico

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