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Michael Lanza/TheBigOutside.com

The ranger in the office of Idaho’s Sawtooth National Recreation Area frowned skeptically when I explained my plans to backpack an 18-mile loop to Alice and Toxaway lakes. He looked down at my son, Nate, then six years old and about 40 pounds—less than the weight of the pack I’d carry—clutching...

Haskill Basin, Whitefish, Montana

There are corners of Montana where it can seem like time stands still. In the hush of a deep forest or the chatter of a trout stream, the imagination wanders back to an era in the West when the woods were wild and deals were sealed with a handshake.

It was a handshake deal with F.H....

Hands holding a stopwatch

What can you get done in 10 minutes? Maybe a few quick chores, like folding the laundry or tidying up in the garage. You could read a chapter of that book you’ve been meaning to finish or—let’s be honest—get to the bottom of your Facebook feed.

But what The Trust for Public Land wants to...

Two men hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

If there’s anything we appreciate more than the Appalachian Trail, it’s the dedicated volunteers who maintain it. Jim Sullivan is one of them. In August of 2013, he was working on a stretch of the trail that runs through Stamford, Vermont, when he came across a “For Sale” sign in the trailhead...

Allemansratt Wilderness Park, Minnesota

The Swedes have a word with no English equivalent: allemansrätten, “every person’s right” to roam. It’s a celebrated Nordic tradition that allows anyone to cross private property—to hike, bike, even fish or pick berries—so long as they don’t disturb the owners and they care for the land...

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