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Photo Friday – February 27, 2014

It’s the end of another work week, which means we’re all itching to find a new trail, lace up our boots, and hit the trails. Fortunately for Southern California, it looks like we’re going to get a little rain over the next few days. That doesn’t mean you can’t go hiking, it just means you…

Is Mr. Andre Tagging in Joshua Tree?

A Modern Hiker reader contacted me last night, alerting me to the feed of street artist Andre Saraiva (Mr. Andre). On Andre’s Instagram feed, the well-known street artist appears to have spent some time in Los Angeles before heading out to the desert, partially to enjoy the setting of Joshua Tree. Unfortunately, one of his…

Friday Funny 879: Workout Without Exercising

Here are 10 good tips on how to LOOK like you're working out at the gym without actually exercising: Check out more funny things posted all day long on p.s. I've haven't mentioned anything about this here, but I'm in a exhibition that's opening tomorrow night. Show More Summary

Pope Francis’ Subtle Yoga Diss Fuels Yogaphobia in Catholic Church

4 days agoFitness / Yoga : YogaDork

Pope Francis has caused quite a stir for being “liberal” on subjects the Catholic Church is traditionally conservative or silent about, like homosexuality and feminism. So commenting on yoga was the only obvious next step in his liberal agenda. Show More Summary

7 Reasons Your Smoothie Is Making You Fat

4 days agoHealth / Fitness : FitSugar

After dusting off the ol' blender a few months ago, you've been proudly making smoothies instead of downing enormous bowls of cereal or bagels for breakfast. You expected the pounds to just fall off, but they're not. Here are some reasons why.

5 Days Out: The Supporting Cast Back Home

It’s really coming down to the wire here. I love applying sports commentary catch-phrases to non-sporting situations. Really brings me back to my days in the NFL, before my career was tragically cut short due to unfortunately circumstances. Seriously though – in five days I will be setting forth on the greatest undertaking of my......

Beautiful Food

I was looking through my photos from a trip to Vegas a while ago and I found a picture of some beautiful desserts. I made them into a poster: It reads: Beautiful food isn’t for eating. It’s for looking at. Don’t get drawn into the trap! I didn’t eat any of those desserts. I remember [...]

Celebrate the Reopening of Colorado’s Manitou Incline

Image via Contributed by Laura Cromwell, Cabela’sColorado’s Manitou Incline in Manitou Springs is now open after being closed since August 18, 2014 for repairs. Located near Colorado Springs, the Manitou...Show More Summary

Gifts for Man's Best Friend this Holiday Season

We all buy tons and tons of gear of ourselves to help enjoy the outdoors. Well, what about our favorite outdoor companion? They don't require much to be outside or too truly enjoying themselves. Yet, there are a few things that could help your best and most faithful bud get to and fro easier and with a little more ease and comfort. Show More Summary

The Problems With Mail Drops (And How We Solved Them)

The following is a sponsored post written by 2014 thru-hiker, Kyrsten “Slayer” French from HikerBox.  In 2012, Zach posted this article–  “How many mail drops should you send on the Appalachian Trail?” His answer is that sending mail drops is generally a waste of effort, because you can just buy your food on the trail, unless......

Native Eyewear Review and Giveaway

A few months ago the good people at Native sent me a pair of Hardtop sunglasses to test and a pair of Sidecar's to giveaway to the Hiking Forward readers. Let me first state that I have always held my sunglasses as part of my outdoor caricature and secondly I have been a loyal and faithful Oakley wearer for decades. Show More Summary

Ask Me: Which Big Backpack Do You Recommend?

Michael, I purchased a Mountainsmith Apex 80 before I knew anything about buying packs. I love the pack, but I recently ended up carrying 45 lbs. for the first time, and the pack refused to stay on my hips. I … Continue reading ?

Friday Funny 878: Engineering Fails

"This is what it says on the blueprints." "That makes no sense." "Not our job." Lots more funny things posted all week long on Steve in a Speedo

Take a Dip Into Much-Lighter Blue Cheese Dressing

4 days agoHealth / Fitness : FitSugar

To achieve its quintessential creamy texture, most blue cheese dressing recipes call for some combination of buttermilk, mayonnaise, and sour cream - ingredients you should use sparingly if you're looking to lose weight. The next time you want to take a dip in blue cheese, skip the store-bought stuff, and stir up this much lighter recipe instead. Show More Summary

Here’s Lena Dunham Doing What Looks Like Acro Yoga, Maybe

4 days agoFitness / Yoga : YogaDork

Is that Lena Dunham flying in an acro yoga pose? If you frequent these parts you know we like to post our share of celebriyogis. Cause, celebriyogis, they’re just like us, right? It’s nice to relate. Lena Dunham, creator and star...Show More Summary

Top 10 Outdoor Items to Get for Christmas (According to Grace and Gabby)

Grace and Gabby got together today to create of list of the top 10 best things an outdoor kid could love to receive from Jolly Ole Saint Nick this year. Grace took charge of creating list and detailing why these items are very important for young adventurers like to have when out camping or hiking. Show More Summary

Lady Gaga Is Really Excited About Learning SUP Yoga

5 days agoFitness / Yoga : YogaDork

Lady Gaga seems to be turning over some new lady leaves: Singing a glorious medley of “The Sound of Music” songs at the Oscars, practicing crow into headstand while balancing on a paddleboard. Momma Monster is branching out. Gaga...Show More Summary

2014, Oh What A Year

As I sit and look back at the year that was 2014 all I can do is smile. Hiking Forward started the year off quite slow as the continual polar vortex's kept us inside and at bay for the large portion of the winter. But just a spring broke the idea of an epic adventure sprouted and adventure was just around the corner. Show More Summary

Recommended Winter Day Hiking Gear List

When gearing up for winter day hiking in the northeastern United States including the White Mountains, the Adirondacks, the Catskills, Vermont, and Maine, you want footwear, clothing and traction aids that can be used across a fairly wide range of: Temperatures: from 40 degrees down to 20 below zero (Fahrenheit) Wind speeds: from 50 mph […]            

No Child Left Indoors

Following the trend of many Presidents before him, President Obama has been using the authorities granted in the Antiquities Act to establish and expand new National Monuments all over the country. When the President established the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument last year, it was the 13th time he use the Antiquities Act to increase…

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