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.
Instead of Gatorade and Gu, Chianti and Lardo
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
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
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.
Lactic Burn Loves Company
If you’re the sadomasochistic type who looks at numbers like 70.3 and 140.6 and drools, you’ll find plenty of company at these triathlon camps.
Exploring an Unwelcoming Gem
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.
Lessons from Mountaineer and Ultra Runner Ben Clark
Mountaineer and ultra runner Ben Clark shares his tips on becoming a faster runner, whether your aim is a local 5k or, like him, 14,000-foot peaks over 100 miles.
Birds of a different feather
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.
The most interesting wearable in fitness
Athos is a startup that’s just a few months away from bringing to market one of the most interesting wearables yet: compression clothing capable of monitoring how hard your muscles are working, on top of heart rate, heart rate variability and breathing patterns.
Hiking the Sleepy Cow
Nearly one in three Koreans hike on a monthly basis — some consider it an “addiction” — where weekends at trailheads are backlogged with eager hikers dressed in brightly colored mountaineering gear. But several paces in, trails unfurl a multitude of unique sights to Westerners accustomed to sweeping landscapes. On a recent hike at Seoul’s Woo-Myun Mountain we discovered a few for ourselves.
Big Ambitions, Small Boats
Boats, kayaks and canoes are large and unwieldy, but these five will fit in your apartment.
12 States, 15 Hikes
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 two-pound wilderness bed
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.
Looking for gold at the Leadville Trail 100 MTB
Leadville, CO, is the highest incorporated city in the United States. GP contributor Peter Koch went there for a 100-mile mountain bike race.
How the West was won
One month after he set out from King’s Beach, CA, on a 5,000-mile bike tour of America, GP contributor Will Eginton stood on top of the Continental Divide at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park and reflected on the mountains he’d climbed.
Live From Salt Lake City
You know it’s time for another Outdoor Retailer show when South Main Street in Salt Lake City is populated by fat bikes, single-wheeled skateboards and tan people with good beards. We had boots on the ground at the Salt Palace Convention Center for the summer 2014 edition of the biannual product show; of everything we touched, tasted and saw, this gear stood out most.
Everything old is new again
There was a time, believe it or not, when you could walk into an REI and buy camping gear without boning up on terminology — what the hell is cuben fiber?! — ahead of time. Feeling nostalgic?
Atop Guatemala's Third Highest Peak
Acatenango is Guatemala’s third highest peak, towering 13,041 feet above the nearby Pacific Ocean and about 8,000 feet above the city of Antigua at the mountain’s base. Photographer and GP contributor Jonathan Levinson hiked to the top.
15 Hikes, 13 States
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.
Maximizing the bare minimum
A guide to ultralight hiking: rethinking pack weight, preparedness, safety and more.
Not a mistake -- a challenge
GP contributor Will Eginton battles intense headwinds cycling up U.S. Route 101 toward Astoria, OR.
Ironman's fastest champion
7:00 a.m. ET | New York, NY — It’s the triathlete’s equivalent of shooting hoops with Kobe Bryant, tossing a football with Eli Manning or having a volley with Roger Federer: a morning run with Craig “Crowie” Alexander in Central Park.
Ride, or at least look, like a pro
The best in bikes trickles down from what professionals use on race day. These are the team bikes being used by pros in this year’s Tour de France — and you can get them right now.
A vigorous argument for one of sporting's best events
In 21 days, cyclists cover the distance from Manhattan to the Las Vegas strip in the Tour de France, one of the greatest sporting events on Earth. GP contributing editor Matthew Ankeny makes a strong case for the greatness of the Tour — and explains how the race works in the process.
Great Excuses For A Rubdown
We spend a lot of time outside, and the reality is that we’re often more fastidious about taking care of our bikes and boards than we are our skin. News flash: even if you don’t burn, you should be doing something to block the UV rays from permeating your dermis. These sunscreen options should cover whatever type of protection you need.
Storming the East Coast's best surf town
When we invited Forest Woodward, one of our favorite photographers, to Montauk for the weekend, we had no idea we’d be graced with the best waves we’ve seen in years.
Electricity: your new workout partner
We see if the Marc Pro, a muscle conditioning tool meant for improving athletic performance and hastening recovery, is the real deal.
Four days in Aspen and a lingering question
Ever wonder what happens at a yoga festival? GP dispatched a correspondent — and true yoga novice — on a four-day trip to find out.