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Saturday, August 30th
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The Gear You Missed

This Week in Gear: August 30, 2014

This Week in Gear: The Beatles Boxed Set, underwater cameras, sexy watches, coffee kits and more.

Friday, August 29th
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Some very old wine indeed

Tasting Notes: Taylor Fladgate 1964 Single Harvest

Taylor Fladgate, one of the council of elders in the Port world, released a 50-year-old tawny port in 2014. In honor of our other stories about Portugal, we raised a glass of it.

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Discovering an incredible escape plan in the former Portugese colony

Stay: &Beyond Benguerra Island Lodge, Mozambique

Few sunsets beat the one at &Beyond Benguerra Island Lodge in Mozambique, where the sun crawls close to the horizon and drenches the local fishermen boats in hues of orange and pink, all while you sit back and order another cocktail.

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Our inbox overfloweth

Letters to GP: August 2014

We read all of your letters. Here’s the proof.

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Lisbon, Porto and Pedras Salgadas

Photo Essay: Summer in Portugal

By ROSS BELFER
Photo by ROSS BELFER

If a visit to London is European Vacation 101, and Paris is 201, Lisbon is a seminar-level adventure. GP contributor Ross Belfer demonstrates why with his photos from a summer visit to Portugal.

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Eggs, Portuguese-style

Recipe: Bacalhau à Brás from Aldea

George Mendes shared this recipe for an avant-garde take on bacalhau à brás from his forthcoming cookbook, My Portugal: Recipes and Stories.

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What to see, read and hear

This Week in Culture: August 29, 2014

This Week in Culture: Breaking Bad owns the Emmys, college football gets underway, Bud Light takes over a town in Colorado, and much, much more.

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Make It Happen

72 Hours in Lisbon, Portugal

The vibrant Portuguese capital is experiencing a cultural renaissance, fueled by a creative society motivated to lead the city out of economic decay.

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An Intro to Spanish Butchering

Charcuteria: The Soul of Spain

From the Archives: Any book that introduces “a sharp implement, a capacity to witness death, and a good amount of blood” as self-evident truths in the business of slaughtering pigs has our attention. Jeffrey Weiss’s new book, Charcutería: The Soul of Spain, is much more than spectacle: it’s an authoritative resource on Spanish butchering and meat-curing techniques, complete with recipes for traditional Spanish dishes, handsome photography and anecdotes from the author’s personal experience.

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What's New, Now

Today in Gear: August 29, 2014

Today in Gear: LG’s newest smart watch, Bell’s transformable helmet for mountain bikers, Nike’s new throwback tennis apparel and more.

Thursday, August 28th
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Pouches For The Pack

Backcountry Cuisine: 5 Best Dehydrated Meals

Dehydrated meals are the camping food industry’s apex predator. They’re lightweight, simple to make and sold at every outdoor retailer; all that’s required is hot water. But history’s taught us that convenience and quality usually have inverse relationships. We tasted five of the industry’s top brands to see whether an easy, delicious fireside meal was a marketing ploy or a reality.

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12 States, 15 Hikes

15 Best Day Hikes in the Midwest

By J. TRAVIS SMITH

With the Appalachians to the east and Rockies to the west, the relatively flat American Midwest doesn’t call to mind a hiking destination. But that’s dead wrong. Instead of coastlines there are lakeshores. Instead of continuous mountain ranges, there’s rolling loess higher than anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere. In the north, terrain varies from the Badlands of the Dakotas and the Pictured Rocks of Lake Superior; in the south are lush forests nestled between the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Rethink the flyover states and hit the trailheads of the American Midwest — these fifteen are your starting points.

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British author and adventurer

30 Minutes With: Alastair Humphreys

Alastair Humphreys has bicycled around the world; embarked on polar expeditions; completed a self-supported, thousand-mile walk through the Empty Quarter Desert; rowed the Atlantic; crossed India coast-to-coast on foot and backpacked and packrafted across Iceland, among other expeditions. This is a man who knows a thing or two about adventure.

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A microadventure in massive canyons

Photo Essay: Slot Canyoneering in Zion

GP contributor Chris Burkard and friends explore the canyons of Zion National Park’s Birch Hollow, Orderville Canyon and the Narrows on a day-long microadventure.

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The two-pound wilderness bed

Tested: Kammok Roo

Hammocks are supposed to call to mind carefree days of swinging lazily in the shade of coconut trees, while gentle tropical breezes toss sea-green waves onto sugar-white sand beaches. We tested the Kammok Roo to see if the lightweight hammock delivers on this age-old promise.