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Best of 2015: How-Tos
365 days is a lot of time to seek out stories on adventure, gear, and everything in between. Here’s a look back at the best in GP know-it-all-ery throughout 2015 — from simply cleaning your bike to leaving your job gracefully.
Advice of the Year
To Put It Bluntly
“When nature calls #2, use a Poop Tube.”
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How to Get Swole on Short Notice
By Bryan Campbell: If you need a quick pump before the beach, bodybuilder Kyle Wilkes has a bit of advice. Here’s his quick regimen to get a swell on before you head out the door.
How to Be More Productive with Your Time
By Darren Murph: We only get 24 hours a day. Here’s how to make the most of them.
How to Tie 12 Knots
By Tucker Bowe: Still fastening your shoes with Velcro? Here’s a lesson in tying 12 different knots courtesy of an expert from REI.
How to Tell a Story the Right Way
By Chris Wright: The stories you’ve been telling haven’t actually been stories. According to The Moth, an NYC-based storytelling program, you’ve been slinging anecdotes. We talked to two experts about why the story is important and how you can tell it well.
How to Shine Your Shoes the Right Way
By Bryan Campbell: We talk to a master of the trade to learn how to properly shine your boots and shoes.
How to Say No Politely
By Nick Milanes: Patricia Fitzpatrick, founder of the Etiquette School of New York, gives a crash course in the polite no. (It’s more than just saying “sorry” afterwards.)
How to Leave a Job Gracefully
By John Zientek: To exit with your reputation (and professional network) intact, you have to play the resignation game right.
How to Plan a Perfect First Date
By Matthew Ankeny: Here’s the problem: you are good. First dates are bad. So we talked to three dating coaches to figure out how to plan a perfect first date.
‘Fast Flip’ for the Best Steak of Your Life
By Ben Bowers: Stop living a lie. Many food experts now agree that fast flipping is the best way to cook a steak. Here’s how to do it.
Camping Tips and Tricks from True Outdoorsmen
By Chris Wright: Camping’s best little secrets — or “camping hacks” — come from the experts.
How to Start Your Own Brewery
By Matthew Ankeny: Studying the operations of Fort Point Beer Co., which opened last year and is making waves in one of the most competitive beer markets in the US.