Wildflowers of the Appalachian Trail, Appalachian Trail, hiking the AT

Stop and Smell the Wildflowers Along the Appalachian Trail

Let’s talk about wildflowers. Wildflowers are the unsung heroes of the Appalachian Trail. They’re often overshadowed by the sweeping vistas, towering pines, and formidable rock formations, but they are equally important to your hiking experience. They’re small but mighty, brightening up even the gloomiest of...

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A Love Letter to Salt Lake City

Dear Salt Lake City, Thank you. Thank you for generously hosting Outdoor Retailer Summer and Winter Market for the past 22 years. Thank you for your overwhelming kindness and generosity. Thank you for putting up with our hoards of outdoor geeks in our trucker hats and...

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Your Guide to Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

We are stoked for the start of another Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. And this isn’t just any #ORshow, it’ll be all about saving our public lands and outdoor advocacy. Plus it's the last show in Salt Lake City, so it will be bittersweet and celebratory...

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Summits in Salt Lake City, Outdoor Retailer, Menasha Ridge Press

Summits to Bag in Salt Lake City

The Wasatch Mountains tower over Salt Lake City, beckoning those of us who attend Outdoor Retailer to come hike and ski for the past two decades. They’re rugged and spectacular and offer a reprieve from the busyness that exists inside Salt Palace. With this being the...

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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Philadelphia, hiking in Philadelphia, swimming near Philadelphia, Green Lane Park

Fantastic Summer Lake Hikes Near Philadelphia

Nature abounds in Philadelphia and its surrounding areas. In fact, the city’s founder, William Penn, dubbed it his “greene country towne.” And Pennsylvania, which translates to Penn’s Woods, was so named because of the area’s lush forest. This area was the birthplace of our nation...

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Wildflowers of the Appalachian Trail

"It has been several decades since I first set foot on the Appalachian Trail. As I stepped forth from Springer Mountain, Georgia, on that early spring day, I was ready to revel in the grand scenery of the mountains, the far-off vistas, the roaring waterfalls,...

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Women of the White Blaze, Menasha Ridge Press, Birmingham women hiking Appalachian Trail, Appalachian Trail

Reflections: Women of the White Blaze

The Women of the White Blaze are yawning as dusk falls around them, their tired bodies begging them to lie down for the night. But something more important than sleep beckons on this night. Their shuttle bus driver mentioned that they might get to see the...

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