Guides & How To

Demystifying A Legend

The Complete Guide to Pappy Van Winkle

I'd say that Pappy Van Winkle is a brand that needs no introduction, except that it does. The truth is that most people don’t know anything about “Pappy”, other than that it’s supposed to be the best of its kind. So let’s set the record straight by getting a couple of basic facts out of the way.

Rocks Sunrise-Side of the Mississippi

Freddie Wilkinson’s Best Climbs of the East

Freddie Wilkinson makes his home in the White Mountains, where he climbs and guides most of the year between putting up alpine first ascents on expeditions to Alaska, Nepal, Patagonia, India and Antarctica. These are his four favorite climbing areas out East, plus some inside tips on what to do when you're in the neighborhood.

The Poor Man's Fondue

How to Make Raclette, a Peasant’s Meal for Friends

Seen as an instant fondue, raclette is a variety of cheese and pastime in itself: groups of friends collect around a heat source to melt, scrape, and gorge on delicious, full-fatty cheese. Though the culture has grown to include its own type of conventional raclette-style grills for any variety of gastronomic exploration, we recommend focusing on the essentials next time you and your friends find yourself around the campfire. Read our guide here.

Best Choices, Filtered and Purified

A Pro’s Guide to Water Treatment in the Wild

Outdoor survivalists often teach the rough rule of three’s: humans can only survive three minutes without oxygen, three hours without proper shelter (given extreme conditions), and three days without water. H2O is the most suspect of the bunch. We asked an expert to explain the to main methods of treatment, filtration and purification, and recommend the proper gear for staying hydrated in the wild.

An Excerpt from Bushcraft 101

The Wilderness Guide to Natural Shelters

Shelter is the most important ingredient for wilderness survival. in his book, Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival, expert Dave Canterbury, known for his role in the television series Dual Survival, takes readers through the basic, life-saving natural shelters that can be built without a tarp or tent.

Millionaire Cottages and Adirondack Chairs

72 Hours in Muskoka

Muskoka is considered the "Hamptons of Toronto". Here's a guide to making the most of the cottage-dotted vacation spot.

A Study in the Finer Points of Drinking

The Perfect Bar Cart

Alcohol remains an enduring motif in the great American narrative. That’s probably because those that wrote it drank, and drank well — epitomized by the enduring symbol of the most sophisticated of drinking cultures: the bar cart. What follows is just one interpretation of how the home bar should look and taste. Like with all things great, a great bar cart is a long term investment and requires time to develop. It’s not necessary to stock everything; ours is listed simply to help guide those starting from scratch in the finer points of home drinking. Click, learn and imbibe well.

We asked and you answered.

15 Best Day Hikes: Readers’ Choice Edition

Here they are: the 15 best day hikes, as told by our readers. All of the words and images below are straight from your submissions to our GP best hikes competition. We edited and condensed as necessary (some of you really like to type) and shot for widest possible range of locations and types of stories. What we were left with is a diverse hodgepodge of outdoor activity, organized from west to east, starting with Hawaii in the Pacific and ending with St. John in the Atlantic. Without further ado: 15 favorite hiking destinations, as told by GP readers, for GP readers.

A City That's More Than a Mile High

72 Hours in Denver

Denver isn't just good breakfast and a gateway to good pow -- or America's favorite city with legalized marijuana. It's also a hotbed of killer dining, host to a booming culture scene, and a new destination for startups and venture capital. 300 days of sunshine a year, green space around every turn (parks, that is), and proximity to said slopes doesn't hurt either. Our local expert weighs in with the latest installment of 72 Hours.

Save your father's jacket with a fresh coat

How To: Re-Wax a Canvas Jacket

Before synthetic fabrics were the premium in waterproofing, there were thick, waxed cotton jackets. These are the jackets your father's father wore while he chopped down trees for the log cabin he decided to build on a whim. If you're lucky enough to own one, you need to know how to re-wax it properly. Here's a guide.

Opening Sesame on U.S. Markets

Decrypted: What Alibaba Means for Consumers

Even if you couldn’t care less about stocks, IPOs, and imaginary dollars exchanging hands, you’ve probably caught wind of Alibaba. But what does this Chinese giant mean for you?

Wearable Replacement? There are apps for that

Who Needs Wearables? These Smartphones and Apps Might Be All You Need

The ostensible benefit of smart watches and health trackers, as far as health goes, is that they allow you to monitor your calories, heart rate, and step count with previously unmatched accuracy. Truth is, a number of upcoming smartphones paired with worthy fitness tracking apps make fitness-tracking wearables redundant.

The Gear You Missed

This Week in Gear: September 6, 2014

This Week in Gear: Land Rover's Discovery SUV, Bose launches their "best headphones ever," a layover in Mozambique, and more.

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.

12 States, 15 Hikes

15 Best Day Hikes in the Midwest

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.

The Gear You Missed

This Week in Gear: August 23, 2014

This Week in Gear: Toyota's new concept car, Sony's newest camera, a photo essay from Outside Lands, fantastic Red Wing boots and more.

Race for Survival

How to Race at Altitude

At altitude, you dehydrate more easily, your body has to work harder just to survive and, depending on how high you go, you can be at risk for various degrees of altitude sickness. But sometimes outdoor adventures and competitions call us into the mountains, by bike or by foot. So how do we handle it? Legendary cycling coach Chris Carmichael gives us some tips.

Playing Muddy Waters from the Mud

Eight Great Rugged Bluetooth Speakers

All-weather bluetooth speakers make sure that you have listening options in any climate, on the edge of any pool or in your pack on any adventure. No plug, no jacks, no need to check the weather report. Just durable music wherever you need it. These are the eight best.

The Gear You Missed

This Week in Gear: August 9, 2014

A week's worth of gear and gadgets you might have missed. From Adidas CrazyLight Boost Shoes to the ICON A5 Aircraft.

Sleep well, feel good

The Benefits of Sleep for Recovery

While scientists are far from understanding everything about sleep, the nature of our sleep cycle throughout the night is fairly well articulated. It's time you learned more about sleep's role in the recovery process.

The Gear You Missed

This Week In Gear: August 2, 2014

This Week in Gear: Indian's new motorcycle, Laphroaig Select, Denon's Dolby Atmos speakers, Yeti's new mountain bike and much more.

two traditional drinks and a classic cocktail with a twist

How to Drink Absinthe Like a Gentleman

Will Elliott of NYC's Maison Premiere shows us the steps to making three types of absinthe drinks: a drip, a frappe and a Sazerac, with a twist.

15 Hikes, 13 States

15 Best Day Hikes of the West

The beauty of the West isn’t up for debate: it’s ubiquitous, grandiose and unchallenged. But hidden within these 13 states are secrets that can’t be seen driving an SUV through the “scenic” route. Only a true day hike can do the region justice. Consider this list your trailhead.

The Beauty of Bare Minimum

Kit: Ultralight Backpacking

Obsessive weight-trimmers with less than 10 pounds strapped to their backs are considered "ultralight" hikers, a term as ubiquitous and unregulated in the hiking retail market as "organic" and "grass fed" are in the food industry. But trust us: the following gear truly is ultralight, perfect for those faithful to the church of long trails and little gear.

The Slow-n-Low Pursuits of one of Montreal's Best restaurants

The Smoker: An Excerpt from the Joe Beef Cookbook

You don't just build a smoker and start cooking in it. Like any other major project, the idea turns into an obsession, which turns into a real possibility, which turns into a mess. Only then can you see what your initial idea has twisted itself into. We know this, and so does Frédéric Morin of Joe Beef. In this excerpt from the restaurant's cookbook, Morin explains the tortuous path from a childhood of smoky fiddlings to an adulthood of...smoky fiddlings. And, ultimately, a working, self-built smoker at Joe Beef in Montreal.

Hint: it involves flying fish roe

Montreal Meets New York, in a Bagel Shop

We get three bagel sandwich recipes from Black Seed Bagels in NYC, where they combine New York and Montreal styles to build the king of donut-shaped foods.

A French-Canadian Gem Prospers Once Again

72 Hours in Montreal

Montreal is the largest city in Quebec, Canada’s renegade Francophone province. It's just a quick jump via plane from much of the East Coast of the U.S.; more importantly, it's filled with cultural treasures, delicious food, world-class beer, and is just a short drive from some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Here's what you should do when you visit.

This Week in Gear: July 19, 2014

This Week in Gear: Mercedes-Benz's insane S-Class, Aston Martin's new V12 roadster, retro-inspired Club Monaco Sunglasses, minimalist wallets, rocket skates, DeWalt toolboxes and much, much more.

a trojan horse of meat, cheese and fat masquerading as a salad

Recipe: Duck Confit Salad

Preparing duck confit is a quick way to tell everyone you know your way around the kitchen, and an even quicker way to put on a few pounds. It was developed by the French, and mastered by Chef Peter Droste. Here is his take on the classic cooking style.

More Horses, Same Stable

Max Out: Tips for Getting More Horsepower Out of Your Engine

So you've purchased your car of choice and remained within your diminutive budget, only to hope your routes are mostly downhill. You regularly scream, “I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain!” a la Montgomery Scott as you try to merge with freeway traffic but are passed by a Biggest Loser contestant on rollerblades. You're in luck. There are ways to bring your car's horsepower to levels higher than Tom Cruise's vertical leap, and they don't have to cost you a large fraction of your annual salary. Just remember one thing, young man: with great power comes great responsibility satisfaction.

Brain-rattling bacon from The Forge in Miami

Recipe: Jamaican Jerk Bacon

Bacon doesn't need to be fixed. And so it's with some reluctance that we offer a recipe for making your own bacon, particularly one that requires two days, five different cooking techniques and more than ten ingredients. But once you've tasted chef Christopher Lee's Jamaican jerk bacon with tropical salsa at The Forge in Miami, Florida, you'll be spending plenty of quality time with swine belly and Jimmy Buffet's fifteenth album, Floridays.

Sweat into the home screen

10 Fitness Apps for Any Athlete

Your physical health is your smartphone’s next frontier. Taking advantage of today's data-heavy environment, these apps are squarely focused on everything from your diet to your mind to your core.