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Outdoor Activities

Outdoor activities such as biking, climbing and hiking keep you active during the warmer months. Learn more about snow sports like bobsledding and the Iditarod to keep you moving this winter.

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How Portaledges Work

Some rock climbers take the phrase "living on the edge" to its extreme. It's one thing to ascend steep, dangerous peaks -- it's another to sleep on a ledge. That's were a portaledge comes in.

The Evolution of Surfboard Design

The surfboard must be one of the simpler sports accessories, right? All you need is a board to stand on and some gnarly waves. But to get to modern surfing, the surfboard had to undergo lots of changes.

5 Tips for Outfitting a Canoe for Fishing

For years, people have been discovering the beauty and simplicity of canoe fishing. What's the best way to outfit your canoe without overdoing it -- or capsizing?

10 Surfing Tips for Beginners

Gun. Fish. Leash. Lineup. Fin. Minimal. Goofy foot. Do you know what these words mean in surfer's dialect? You're about to find out.

10 Great Camping Spots for Star Gazing

You don't have to be an astronomer to enjoy the stars. And if you love camping you can combine the two. Roughing it might give you your best view of the heavens.

How Night Hiking Works

If you thought hiking during the day was adventurous, you should try nocturnal trekking! But is it safe? And where are the best night hiking destinations?

5 Tips for Getting Your Zzzs While You Camp

Sure, camping on the beach sounds awesome – until your dog and your partner plaster you against one side of the tent and a shell keeps jabbing you in the back. How can you turn this sleepless scenario around?

10 Spectacular Places to Camp in the Winter

For many, camping means the earthy smell of the outdoors, sleeping under the stars and cookouts. Some, however, prefer colder weather and a snowy landscape for roughing it.

How long does barotrauma last?

Do you experience pain in your ears when you fly? Then you've encountered barotrauma. What causes that pain, and will it resolve on its own?

How the Adventure Cycling Association Works

If touring by bicycle sounds like the kind of excursion you'd like to try, you're not alone. The Adventure Cycling Association is filled with people who love two-wheeled road trips.

Are foot-powered kayaks the next big thing?

Ditch the oar! Now you can power your personal watercraft with the power of your lower body. This twist on the classic kayak sounds fun, but is it really better than paddling?

10 Spectacular Places to Camp in the Summer

It's summertime and the livin' is easy -- especially if you have three months off to frolic. Even if you don't, you can take advantage of these gorgeous camping spots.

Does one pound off your feet really equal five pounds off your back?

Is there any truth to the old adage that extra weight carried on the feet is disproportionately more exhausting than weight carried on the torso?

5 Critters to Beware Of While You're Camping in the Desert

Every wilderness area has its own unique variety of dangerous critters -- and the desert is no exception. Here are a few you'll want to keep out of your sleeping bag.

How to Select the Right Backpack

Choosing the right backpack isn't so tough, really. You just need to take into account exactly how you'll be using it, what you plan to carry in it and how it fits your body.

How Highlining Works

The thought of walking a 1-inch-thick rope from one towering cliff to another makes most people feel sick. But not highliners. Where did this sport come from and how in the world do people do it?

5 Wackiest Ways to Go Fishing

Deep-sea fishing used to seem extreme. Not anymore. Now, days where you fish by hand or reel in 200-plus pound marlins -- from a kayak -- are considered just another day on the water.

How the Dakar Rally Works

It's considered one of the most grueling races in the world. So what exactly is the Dakar Rally and who's racing in it?

5 Most Popular Spots for BASE Jumping

If you want an adrenaline rush quite like none you've had before, BASE jumping might be for you. And these are five of the best spots to take a leap.

Dogtooth Tuna

Not exactly known for being the most attractive fish in the sea, the dogtooth tuna has, in recent years, become increasingly sought after by sport fishermen seeking a challenge.

Fly Fishing

If you've ever watched a fly fisherman wade into the river and begin to dance his glinting line above the rushing water, you've probably developed an envy of his art -- not to mention his gear.

Helicopter Fishing

When you saw the words "helicopter fishing," you probably assumed we were going to tell how to emulate "Madman of the Sea" and "Man vs. Fish" host Matt Watson's feat of diving from a chopper into the Pacific Ocean and landing on the back of a big marlin.

Ice Fishing

There's no standard rule of thumb for what kind of person might undertake the sport of ice fishing, aside from being able to deal with bitterly cold weather.

Jet Ski Fishing

Have you seen the clip of "Man vs. Fish" and "Madman of the Sea" host Matt Watson wrestling with a marlin from the precarious perch of a Sea-Doo? Looks a bit extreme, doesn't it?

5 Tips for Removing Fish Hooks

Catch-and-release is becoming more and more popular among fishermen who want to make sure the fishing in their favorite spot remains good. It's the purest sort of fishing, practiced by anglers who enjoy the thrill of the fight but want to give a worthy adversary the opportunity to go on living -- and perhaps to fight the line another day.

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