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Assess your situation ahead of time to make your hike enjoyable for the whole family.

Family Hiking Tips

Want to plan the perfect hike for the whole family? Ask yourself the following questions to set yourself up for success: Who is in your family? What makes hiking satisfying for you? What trails do you have access to? And what does your gear look like? Read More...
Ginseng

North Carolina’s Ginseng Lottery Has Begun

A common ingredient in your favorite energy drink grows wild in the mountains of North Carolina, and it’s worth so much, you have to win a lottery in order to harvest it legally. Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests have opened their annual lottery for permits to harvest wild American ginseng. Read More...
Denali

There’s No Such Thing As a Perfect Hike

We all have great expectations when we set out on a hike. We go in with preconceived notions and come out disappointed when they aren’t met. But I’ve noticed a strange trend in my hiking life: Some hikes have a way of becoming retroactively better than I had ever hoped. Read More...

Summer 2018 Customer Favorites

Here at the co-op, we review tons of products. Some of our reviews are produced by in-house teams and subject-matter experts. Other times, we turn to you—the customer—to provide feedback. Here's a roundup of some summer 2018 customer favorites, based on extra enthusiastic reviews. Read More...

Putting the Colorado Trail on the Map

In 1990, Jerry Brown became the first person to bikepack the Colorado Trail. Ten years later, he returned on his bike to survey the trail and make the map that everyone—hikers and equestrians, too—uses on the trail today. Read More...

Meet Force of Nature Dr. Rosaly Lopes

A senior NASA volcanologist who has studied geologic activity on every continent and whose research could one day help us detect extraterrestrial life in space, Dr. Rosaly Lopes is a true Force of Nature—an influential woman scientist whose work leads her beyond the walls of the laboratory and into the outdoors. Read More...