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Passing the Torch of Outdoor Leadership

Jim Parham is out of the office at the moment—working, as he does each July, with summer camp counselors and their young campers. Here are a few of his reflections on sharing adventures with the next generation. Right now I am sitting…

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Sourwood: Honey Queen of the Summer Forest

In a six-week summer window between mid-June and the end of July, tens of thousands of workers near our office are busy creating a rare Southern delicacy. Made in tiny batches in the smallest facilities imaginable and produced only in the region where North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and…

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Backpacking for Foodies: Freezer Bag Cooking

  Finding trail food that packs up light and is inexpensive, tasty, easy to prepare, and simple to clean up has always been a challenge for backpackers. Jim Parham found a solution he’s been using for years. It’s been decades…

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The Joys of Hiking—With an Infant

Not long after he became a hiking guidebook author, Jonah McDonald became a parent. Here's his account of how having a newborn changed his hiking life--and didn't. Before she was born, I didn't believe what people told me. Everyone assured me my…

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Riding Tsali in the Snow

What can you do when a snow storm dumps more than five inches on a Tuesday in late February in the mountains of western North Carolina? Schools are closed. Roads are treacherous—if you're lucky, the power is on. Should you…

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