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A Scotland Travel Guide

Right To Roam: Day 9

Welcome to our sprawling travel journal of Scotland's environmental, cultural and culinary riches. Over the next two weeks we'll be sharing our collection of 50 essays, videos, anecdotes, photo essays, travel guides, recipes, poetry and tall tales gathered during one hell of a trip. On Day 9, we talked Scotland's greatest adventures, then feasted on delicious Scottish cheeses, smoked fish and beer.

Cocoa Goes Craft

Hot Chocolates to Try This Winter

Hot chocolate has an artisan niche that's on par with the craft beer scene. So next time you’re seeking a second wind, or a substitute for a post-ski IPA, consider one of these delicious cocoas.

Prepare to space out

Kit: Tools for Clutter-Free Lifestyle

Winter is always a season for reflection, particularly when it comes to your personal space. An influx of family, gifts and food leave most wondering where it all went. Take advantage of the extended time indoors by reorganizing your living situation with these clutter killing solutions and remind yourself about just how good home can be.

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A Scotland Travel Guide

The Right to Roam: Day 8

Welcome to our sprawling travel journal of Scotland's environmental, cultural and culinary riches. Over the next two weeks we'll be sharing our collection of 50 essays, videos, anecdotes, photo essays, travel guides, recipes, poetry and tall tales gathered during one hell of a trip. Day Eight saw us further battered by Hurricane Gonzalo on the Isle of Skye -- we biked the roads anyway. We took refuge in The Three Chimneys, one of the best restaurants in Scotland, where we ate the best scallops we'd ever had.

Olympic Gold Medalist

30 Minutes With: Sage Kotsenburg

Hailing from Salt Lake city, 21-year-old Sage Kotsenburg is one of the strongest riders in today's snowboarding scene. He also won a gold in Sochi by throwing down a trick he made up on the spot.

Butter and Brine

Scallops in the Raw

The two fishermen who delivered the scallop shells walked right through the back kitchen door of the restaurant like they were barging into their own home, big and fishy-looking.

You've waited long enough

Gift Guide: You’ve Earned It

You've spent the last 11 months making all the right choices. You've put the needs of others before your own. You've considered your future ahead of the baser instincts of the now. It's an impressive level of personal discipline few can match and we're here to remind you to stop and smell the roses. Afterall, you've earned it.

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Lure Lore

The Art of the Fishing Lure

Fishermen have long known that fish are often smarter than they. But the rest of us probably haven't given the lures used to catch these clever, wary creatures their due. In fact, the best lures are really works of inventiveness, science, utility and even art.

Better Designed, Better Engineered

Welcome to a Better Gear Patrol

You're right, things do look a little different. Actually, very different. We've spent the last six months designing the new GP to deliver more of what you've asked for (story immersion) while carving away what you don't (clutter).

A Scotland Travel Guide

The Right To Roam: Day 7

Welcome to our sprawling travel journal of Scotland's environmental, cultural and culinary riches. Over the next two weeks we'll be sharing our collection of 50 essays, videos, anecdotes, photo essays, travel guides, recipes, poetry and tall tales gathered during one hell of a trip. On Day Seven we took the ferry to the Isle of Skye, scaled the Storr against wind and hail, chased sheep, and remembered travelers past.

A Hike with a Ghost in the Scottish Highlands

Remembering Travelers Lost

Among all the wonderful people I met on our Scotland trip, the most memorable wasn’t someone new, and it wasn’t a re-acquaintance. It was someone I’d already lost.

Sheep Think They're Better Than Me, and They're Right

The Dangerous Futility of Sheep-Chasing

The average Scottish sheep weighs between 100 to 300 pounds, lives ten to twelve years, breeds seasonally and, somewhere inside its stupid, thick skull, thinks it’s an absolutely magnificent creature. This is because, in Scotland, it has no natural predators. Except for us sheep chasers.

man before machine

30 Minutes With: Ueli Steck

Swiss climber Ueli Steck recently became the first person ever to climb the south face of Annapurna, perhaps the most technically challenging climb in the world. We sat down with the living legend to talk about the gear he can't live without and his approach to the sport, and to find out if there's life for him after climbing.

Bridge Closed Due to Inclement Weather

Postcard: Aboard the Ferry to Skye

3:45 p.m. GMT | Off the Coast of Mallaig, Scotland -- The bridge between the mainland and Scotland's largest island had just been closed due to inclement weather -- 70 mph winds and a rising sea. That sea roiled us now, the stout ferry rocking and weaving like a bantamweight prizefighter in the ring.

Vitals Around the Clock

Stay Healthy Through Winter with the Power of Metrics

Part of staying active (and in turn, healthy) is understanding what your body is doing each day. Fitbit's focus on data has led to a suite of tools that make it easy to visualize a day, month, or even year’s worth of activity. It’s tough to understand where you need to go if you can’t understand where you’ve been; that’s why Fitbit tracks your most important vitals around the clock.

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Birds of a different feather

The Best Synthetic Down Jackets of 2014

With the price of down in flux and recent innovations in synthetics, you can now get a jacket that warms like down but performs better in wet weather. These are the best synthetic down jackets.