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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 we talked food, training and one of the great scandals in Ironman history.

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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.

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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.

Lessons from Mountaineer and Ultra Runner Ben Clark

How To: Run Faster in the Mountains

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.

The most interesting wearable in fitness

With Athos, Has the Personal Trainer Met Its Match?

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

Photo Essay: Hiking Seoul’s Woo-Myun Mountain

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.

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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 two-pound wilderness bed

Tested: Kammok Roo

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

Racing Across the Sky in Colorado

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

Cycling Skyward: Conquering the West’s Toughest Climbs

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

Best of Outdoor Retailer, Summer 2014

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.

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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.

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Ride, or at least look, like a pro

Pro Road Bikes of the Tour de France

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.

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Great Excuses For A Rubdown

11 Sunscreens for Every Occasion

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.

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Storming the East Coast's best surf town

48 Hours of Sun and Swell in Montauk

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.

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More Shoe, More to Love

Cushion for Pushin’: Maximalist Running Shoes

Is "maximalist" the next big thing in running? There's certainly a lot to love. GP puts rubber to the pavement to see how seven different options stack up.

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Upgrade Your Skivvies

Deft Drawers: Underwear for Active Guys

Made from lightweight, wicking, breathable fabrics like merino wool, polypropylene and a host of proprietary fabrics, sports underwear designed for active guys keeps you cool and dry without bunching up when you move.

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Business suit, leisure suit, tri suit

The Five Best Tri Suits for Race Day

The apparel you choose in a race is important from a performance and comfort standpoint, too: while you can change clothes at each transition, a tri suit can take you from swim to bike to run to post-race pizza and beer.

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Hot, primordial ooze

Hiking in Hawaii’s Lava Fields

One of the most diverse islands on the planet, Hawaii Island plays host to all but two of the world’s ecosystems, including active volcanoes. GP contributor Will McGough summits Kilauea Crater for a firsthand look inside the Devil’s Kitchen.

Bikes versus Bars

Want This, Get This: Cervélo P2 or Redshift Switch Aero System

Most people will attempt their first triathlon on a road bike before investing in a triathlon-specific rig; it's only at full Ironman races that the transition racks are filled with superbikes. But instead of a triathlon bike, riders can get some of the benefits they afford by outfitting their road bikes with clip-on aero bars. In this Want This, Get This, we look at the advantages of going whole hog with entry-level Cervélo triathlon bike versus spending less on the relatively new Switch Aero System by Redshift.

Grit, Gravel and Rubber

Viewfinder: Almanzo 100

The Almonzo 100 is a gravel bike race that takes place each year over 100 miles of the gently rolling gravel roads of Fillmore County in Southeastern Minnesota. Pretty standard -- except for the lack of entry fee, aid station, or support team. The only things the racers have are themselves, two tires and 100 miles of gravel to crush.

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Blue Collar Biking

Map: America’s Best Gravel Races

Not counting inflatable helmets and leather wine carriers, gravel grinders are the coolest new thing in cycling. These are 10 of the best in America.

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Rides for the latest off-road discipline

Five Bikes Built for Gravel Racing

In the last few years, bike makers have introduced gravel-specific models that have the toughness of a mountain bike, the geometry of a road bike and the clearance for big tires.

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Take the back road to paradise

Building the Perfect Gravel Grinder

Gravel racing has a spirit of adventure and the chip-on-the-shoulder toughness of a Leadville ultra. Here's the specialized bike gear you'll need to ride a gravel grinder.

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An Unlikely Expat

A Visit to Thule’s U.S. Headquarters in Seymour, CT

If you’re into the outdoors and own a car, chances are you own or have owned a Thule product for hauling your skis, bikes, kayaks and other outdoor gear. Nearly 80 percent of the company's products for the U.S. market are made in the states, many of them at their Seymour, CT facility. We dropped in for a visit.

Watching Pedalers and Panoramas from a support car

GP Short: 2014 Tour of California

We took our espresso stateside this year, catching the Giro d'Italia on television and showing up in person for the 2014 Tour of California, where we shot this video while riding along in a support car.

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A Beautiful Grind on Ancient Rocks

Photo Essay: Running the Grand Canyon

Going “Rim to Rim to Rim” is a double-crossing of the Grand Canyon, covering 42.4 miles and 22,000 feet of vertical, and it’s a rite of passage for ultra runners. GP contributor Ben Clark reports on his epic there-and-back-again run.

A Big, Bad Watch Gets Bigger and Badder

Tested: Suunto Ambit2

We get our hands on the Ambit2 from Suunto, the best watch in the business for serious outdoor adventurers looking to track all of their data over an entire weekend trip.

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Hands-free hydration

The Best Hydration Packs for Running

Running without water is like jumping out of a plane without a parachute. These six hydration packs are among the best on the market, each with unique features that sets it apart from the field.

You Can Give a man a fish...

Life Lessons in Borneo

GP contributor Will McGough goes fishing in Borneo and reels in a dose of humility.

Long Distance Hiker Extraordinaire

30 Minutes With: Andrew Skurka

The summer before his senior year at Duke University, Andrew Skurka thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, his first ever backpacking trip, alone and in only 95 days (that's 23 miles a day). He had caught the bug. He's since hiked 7,775 miles from Quebec to Washington and the Great Western Loop (6,875 miles) and has been named the 2005 "Person of the Year" by Backpacker Magazine and the 2007 "Adventurer of the Year" by National Geographic Adventure. We caught up with him to talk about success and failure on the trail.

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Bring An Enemy

10 Most Dangerous Hikes

Stick anyone next to a cliff and they'll inch forward and peek over; put anyone in a supercar and they'll double the speed limit. We all want to stay safe and comfortable, sure, but in those moments when we lose our footing and time slows to a crawl, we are undeniably living in the moment. Call it suicidal or call it truly living. Here are ten trails that return hikers to their baser need: staying alive.

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Fashionable and Functional

Button Up, Hike Down: Best Hiking Shirts

Apparel with the technical specs to keep you snug and dry on the trail doesn't have to look out of place the minute you leave the wild. Exhibit A: these 10 adventure shirts.

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Glacial peaks, wild rivers and one totaled car

Photo Essay: Wild Oregon

Over the course of 2,500 miles of driving and exploration, photographer Chris Burkard encountered glacial peaks, wild rivers, rain forests, volcanic lakes, historic rock climbs and even the home of The Goonies. His stage: the great state of Oregon in the devastatingly grand Pacific Northwest.

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