Sports & Outdoors

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.

Peeping leaves and climbing rock

Photo Essay: Fall Rock Climbing in the Gunks

For nearly 80 years, the Gunks have been one of the East’s most hallowed (not to mention busiest) traditional climbing areas, featuring more than 1,400 routes on four major cliffs clustered outside of the college town of New Paltz. But Sky Top -- privately owned by the Mohonk Mountain House, a 145-year-old luxurious Victorian castle resort that restricts crag access to high-rolling guests and Alpine Endeavors clients -- is utterly serene, and our group is alone on the lichen-covered rock.

How to Spite the Elements

Getting Down with Canada Goose

A look inside the manufacturing process of the heartiest outerwear on earth, proudly made in Toronto, Canada.

Riding Levi’s King Ridge Gran Fondo

The Climb, the Coast and 103 Miles to Burn

On a hundred-mile ride, you learn something new about every twenty. Matthew Ankeny reflects on the highs and lows of the biggest century in Sonoma.

Testing the Cotopaxi Cusco 26L Backpack

A Backpack that Does Good (and Performs Well, Too)

Cotopaxi's Cusco 26L pack is a sturdy lifestyle daypack that lends itself to durable longevity, but still offers relevant technical features often overlooked in “lifestyle” packs.

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.

America's Medicine Man

30 Minutes With: Buck Tilton

Buck Tilton is a lot of things: part founder of the Wilderness Medicine Institute; part English professor; part Game of Thrones fan. He's America's go-to-source for backcountry medicine, and is currently helping the Boy Scouts of America rewrite their medicine curriculum, which he originally helped instate. We sat down with the man to talk outdoors.

Big Mountain Freeriding Disciple

30 Minutes With: Nicolas Müller

Nicolas Müller is one of the best snowboarders on the planet, but you won’t see him on the podium at the X Games or in highlight clips on SportsCenter. The 32-year-old Swiss native started out as a competitive snowboarder, eventually reaching the top of the international circuit, but hung it all up to push the progression on the sport on bigger canvas: big mountain free riding.

New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: November 6, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: the new Miss Reef calendar, inside a bike messenger stage race, the complete guide to building a campfire, what's killing triathletes and more.

if you can't beat 'em, join 'em

Decrypted: With Health, Microsoft Admits Defeat — and Adapts

Microsoft's newly minted CEO Satya Nadella has no shortage of challenges ahead, with revenue streams from Windows and Office thinning. But the Microsoft Health signals a more forward-thinking direction for the company: focusing on the cloud.

Less Ralph Lauren, More Murderball

Photo Essay: Bike Polo in Seattle

Bike messengers are a rough lot. So it’s not surprising that they were the early adopters of hardcourt bike polo, a tougher take on cycle polo. We paid a visit to the Seattle Bike Polo club at Cal Anderson park in Capitol Hill for some body-checking camaraderie.

Steel frames, gravel roads and good wine? Per favore.

Photo Essay: Classic Bikes and Tuscan Vistas at L’Eroica

The scenery is just one of the things that’s made L’Eroica one of the greatest organized rides in the world since Giancarlo Brocci founded it 30 years ago to help preserve the strada bianche, or white sand and gravel roads of Tuscany.

Vintage gear for old Italian roads

The Handsome, Throwback Magic of Italy’s L’Eroica Bike Race

In 2014 bike parlance, L’Eroica is the ultimate gravel grinder, a 38-204 kilometer ride along the strade bianche (“white roads”) of Tuscany, Italy, with ascents steep as 23 percent grade and sketchy, sandy downhills as a reward for the hard work. Unlike the Dirty Kanza, though, you won’t find riders toeing the line in Gaiole in Chianti with carbon bikes, electronic shifting and hydraulic disc brakes. L'Eroica's done old school.

Roughing it ain't so hard

Tested: Sea to Summit Sleeping Mat

A soft, supportive sleeping pad turns going-to-ground into camping and sleep into slumber. Sea to Summit’s Comfort Plus Insulated Sleeping Mat promises big comfort and insulation without sacrificing portability. We took one for a few nights under the stars to find out if it delivers.

Seeking The Gods' Delight

Photo Essay: Heli-Hiking British Columbia’s Tantalus Range

As far as recreation goes, heli-hiking is expensive. But it's also a means for everyday folk to access remote, sometimes impossible-to-reach parts of the world -- like the peaks of the Tantalus Range in British Columbia -- in a four-minute helicopter ride, instead of a four-day slog. It's only when you see the other side of the ridge that you realize you'd never tasted a wild berry or truly seen the color blue (reserved only for the types of lakes hidden in the mountains).

All Hail the Disc

The Giant TCX Advanced Pro 0 Is a Cyclocross Game Changer

Giant has emerged as a super power in cyclocross with weaponry that puts it ahead of the pack in the form of the TCX Advanced Pro 0 ($7,450), a fierce machine that’s fully strapped with everything that’s changing the game.

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.

23-Year-Old Cyclocross Champion

30 Minutes With: Lars Van der Haar

Slight at 5’7” and 128 pounds, Dutch cyclocross star Lars van der Haar, 23, wields heavyweight power at the races. He rides with a style so explosive that it inspired American cyclocross fans to coin the phrase "Go van der Haarder". Like Belgian Sven Nys before him (#svenness), van der Haar has transcended the bounds of the sport and stands perched on the cusp of becoming a legend.

NEW GEAR AND STORIES, FRESH FROM THE FARM

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: October 23, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: San Francisco bans Lorde, jumping determines athleticism, Messi v Ronaldo (plus Suarez), the fight for Colorado rivers and more.

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.

An e-bike with a brain

The Bicycle Wheel, Reinvented

With the highly anticipated Copenhagen Wheel, from MIT-born Superpedestrian seeks to improve urban biking. In an increasingly crowded e-bike market, it might be the most successful attempt so far.

Gear for an Open-Wheel Beating

Kit: Taking on Baja

Packing perfectly for the Baja Peninsula in Mexico means being prepared for everything -- because anything can, and will, happen.

Learning the way of the climb

Postcard: Learning to Climb in the Gunks

2:00 p.m. EDT | New Paltz, NY -- I've never met a more playful group of people than rock climbers. The experienced ones seem to have the best sense of humor when they're standing on the edge of a cliff.

7 Pants, 2 Wheels, 1 Handsome Dude

Bike to Work in These 7 Pants

Commuting cyclists require a specific type of pant. These seven are designed to handle the wind, rain, grime and out-of-control cabbies.

The Everest of Sailing

The Boats, Crew and Route of the Around-the-World Volvo Ocean Race

In the past decade, the Volvo Ocean Race has seen boats dismasted and sunk, sailors break bones and lose teeth -- and in one tragedy, a Dutch crew member washed overboard and was killed. It’s no wonder the race is called the “Everest of sailing”. Here's a primer on the latest edition Volvo Ocean Race, beginning October 11, 2014.

Instead of Gatorade and Gu, Chianti and Lardo

Postcard: Roadside Assistance, Italian Style

1:00 p.m. CEST | Gaiole in Chianti, Italy -- Actually, we're something like 30 miles outside Gaiole in Chianti. Jeff's seat tube keeps falling, which makes sense because we're riding pre-1987 road racing bikes as L'Eroica requires, and the mechanic had reamed his tube (the bike's) something serious to get the seat post into it yesterday.

The Real Ironman

30 Minutes With: Craig Alexander

Craig Alexander is one of the greats in triathlon. He was kind enough to join us for a jog in Central Park, where talked food, training and one of the great scandals in Ironman history.

Triathlon on a budget

Gear for the Triathlon Newbie

Here’s a little secret: You don’t need to spend a lot to race in your first triathlon. These affordable options will get you to the finish line with enough money in the bank for a post-race beer.

Exploring an Unwelcoming Gem

Exploring the Harsh Beauty of the Cascades

The North Cascades aren't exactly user friendly. There are no drive-up views for the minivan crowd. Plush lodges and charming hamlets are few and far between. Rangers usually spend a lot of time telling you what a miserable time you’ll have if you put yourself at the mercy of the park’s capricious and violent weather. But with some grit and serious sweat, adventurers who press through those barriers reap major rewards. Photographer Chris Burkard covered our own recent trip.