Backcountry Tips for the Ultimate Wilderness Weekend

Backcountry Tips for the Ultimate Wilderness Weekend

There’s no better time for a wilderness weekend than summer, when you can make s’mores over a crackling fire, pop open a can of wine fresh from the cooler, and sit back under a sky blanketed with stars.

To make the most of your time outdoors, here are some tips to take your backcountry excursion from simple to sublime.

1. See the Light

A dedicated light that you can hang in your tent will make your campsite feel more comfortable come dusk and help inside the tent feel more like a proper bedroom than a nylon coffin. Plus, if you take an evening walk (or need to relieve yourself), you can turn it on and easily find your way back to the glowing orb. A Goal Zero Light-a-Life is a good option, but most any hangable electric lantern should do.

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The Ultimate American Cliff-Camping Trip Every Adventurer Should Take

The Ultimate American Cliff-Camping Trip Every Adventurer Should Take

IT’S A SUNDAY IN ESTES PARK, COLORADO—not long after the sun has set over Twin Sisters Peaks across the canyon and nearby Rocky Mountain National Park—and I’m sitting some 100-200 feet up in the air on the side of a cliff waiting to eat a steak dinner.

I’m not on solid ground either. I’m wearing a harness and hanging out on a Black Diamond portaledge, a portable cot, if you will, made of nylon and aluminum. There’s a main anchor point wedged into the cliff’s natural cracks to which my harness and a series of straps and clips are secured, like a suspension system.

This isn’t something reserved for pros like Tommy Caldwell who spend days in the sky on precarious climbs. You can do it, too. It’s one of the 200 guided excursions that comprise Airbnb Adventures, a new set of extended Experiences the brand … Read the rest

National Parks Visitors Spent More Than $20 Billion in Nearby Communities Last Year

National Parks Visitors Spent More Than $20 Billion in Nearby Communities Last Year

Although most visitors to America’s national parks come to enjoy the natural beauty of the parks themselves, their visit doesn’t begin and end at the park entrance. They’re also likely to pass through one of the countless towns and cities that surround the parks, and those visits can be a boon for the local economy. From spending money on hotels to shopping for provisions and more, visitors to America’s national parks are big spenders outside the parks’ borders.

A new report from the federal government highlights the massive impact that spending can have. According to the study, last year national parks visitors spent over $20 billion in communities within 60 miles of national parks, the AP reports.

 

Visitors had a strong impact at parks around the country. At Yellowstone, the fifth most-popular park by number of visits, travelers … Read the rest