EDITOR’S NOTE 12/20: The gist of this article is travel – the safety of which is questionable right now, given the current and uncertain trajectory of COVID-19 pandemic. That said, we are dreamers and optimists at heart and we trust there will be brighter days ahead. In the meantime, read on to make some great future plans. As always, please do what’s best for you and those around you by follow current guidelines for travel from the CDC, state and local authorities. Not everyone embraces the onset of winter. If you’re hardcore about warmer weather outdoor pursuits, from hiking, biking, trail running and climbing to paddling, there are parts of the western U.S. that offer respite from the polar vortex. Whether you’re looking to escape the snow entirely or just avoid hauling extra gear, the following places feature exceptional- and diverse- terrain…
In opening new routes, MSR athlete Nina Caprez helps a community realize the power of their natural resources.
A ragtag crew of big wall climbers, their trusty stove and a story of preservation.
The training trifecta for rock climbing and mountain adventure includes these tried-and-true components: power lifting, finger-specific training, and the ever-enjoyable carrying things uphill.
Nina Caprez finds strength on the wall and in herself.
A refresher on the bare essentials you should always have on you in the backcountry.
Before you head to this classic zone, make sure you bring the proper gear and etiquette.
Region by region, here’s your bucket list.
A first ascent attempt on India’s Chiling II, and the gear required.