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This Week in Gear: November 17 – 21

ood morning, welcome to the latest edition of This Week in Gear — your single shot serving of an entire week’s worth of killer new gear — pulled from our weekday editions of Today in Gear. Bookmark it to peruse over Sunday football and start your Monday completely up to speed. Cheers to another fantastic...

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.

New Bird on the Block

The Perfect Thanksgiving Bird Is… A Capon?

From The Horn of Plenty to the myriad mouths to feed, Thanksgiving is all about abundance. Your bird should reflect that. Perhaps on the basis of size alone, turkey is the default -- but there's a better way to feed your folks. A more delicious, more moist, more tender way. Its name: the capon. Chef David Waltuck, of Chanterelle fame, invited us to watch him prepare one the right 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.

Smooth Is Fast

How To: Train for Cyclocross Like a Pro

You must have a finely tuned engine to compete in Cyclocross, but highly polished techniques can save you huge amounts of time over the course of a race. UCI cyclocross World Cup overall champion Lars van der Haar put on a clinic for us in Los Angeles, where he recommended polishing these five skills to boost overall 'cross performance.

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?

Because you can

How To Make a Beer Can Camp Stove

A good camper is self-reliant and packs the skill set necessary to do cool shit when cool shit’s called for -- like making stoves out of cans. Here’s how.

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.

Advice from My Second Time Around

How to Run a Faster Marathon

Sequels tend to suck (Caddyshack II, I’m looking at you), and when they’ve got 26.2 miles of pavement in them, the suck-potential goes exponentially up. After my second marathon, I came up with some advice to my former self, who was still prepping for his first. You can listen in.

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.

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.

Next stop, Tour de France

Maxed Out: Get More Out of Your Road Bike

Even inexpensive upgrades can make a huge difference when it comes to grinding your way up the local hill or beating out your buddies in a county-line sprint. Now take that baseball card out of your spokes and read on for six other ways to get more out of your road bike.

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.