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Destination Breckenridge: The Bivouac Hostel

Destination Breckenridge: The Bivouac Hostel

For those traveling long distances or even locals wanting to stay in the mountain town overnight, consider The Bivouac Hostel, a.k.a. The Bivvi. Located a short walk from downtown and next to a free resort shuttle stop, The Bivvi offers ideal accommodations.

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12 Awesome Gifts for Adventurous Women

12 Awesome Gifts for Adventurous Women

Active Junky gear testers picked out these 12 gifts for those mountain lovers, the ones who wear everything from skirts to snowshoes in the same day.

A Beginner's Guide To Winter Camping

A Beginner's Guide To Winter Camping

While fair-weather camping mistakes lead to “we’ll laugh about it later,” winter is less forgiving; know where you’re going, what you’re taking, and trust who you’re going with.

Arva Avalanche Safety Beacon and Probe Review

Arva Avalanche Safety Beacon and Probe Review

We tested out the Evo4 Beacon and the Light 2.40 Compact Probe in the backcountry terrain outside of Telluride, Colorado and found there were pros and cons to both products. Here’s the full scoop:

How to Plan an Epic Climbing Trip

How to Plan an Epic Climbing Trip

Planning a climbing trip? Going international? Follow these tips and you’re sure to have an experience of a lifetime.

Winter Photography Basics

Winter Photography Basics

Wintery conditions don’t always lend to the best photos, so make sure you arm yourself with these basic tips.

An Introduction to the Compass

An Introduction to the Compass

Compass fundamentals are imperative in any backcountry endeavor.  Silly as it sounds, accelerated compass competence begins with a rhyme.

Destination Breckenridge: The Bivouac Hostel

Destination Breckenridge: The Bivouac Hostel

For those traveling long distances or even locals wanting to stay in the mountain town overnight, consider The Bivouac Hostel, a.k.a. The Bivvi. Located a short walk from downtown and next to a free resort shuttle stop, The Bivvi offers ideal accommodations.

Skiing the Town: Crested Butte

Skiing the Town: Crested Butte

After record snowfall, the terrain park at Crested Butte Mountain Resort was buried. Looking to hone their skills in a new setting the Active Junky crew set off into town in search of urban features and good times.

Tsunami 125: A Landlocked Paddler’s Touring Kayak of Choice

Tsunami 125: A Landlocked Paddler’s Touring Kayak of Choice

Years of navigating white water kayaks and SUPs through technical waters in summer runoff have tuned basic awareness in to controlling a craft at an exceptional level. For any new craft, efforts are immediately funneled into creating a relationship with its technical features. Active Junky tester experience with the Tsunami 125 in the Sam Houston Wilderness area was no different. 

Brand Spotlight: Hydro Flask

Brand Spotlight: Hydro Flask

Hydro Flask is the leader in all things vacuum insulated. If you are looking to keep anything hot or cold, Hydro Flask is the way to go.

Dog Sledding in 360

Dog Sledding in 360

Do you need a rest day from skiing or riding, and are looking for a slower paced activity to get out and enjoy the winter wonderland? Dog sledding might be your perfect solution.

Gear That Got It Done: Winter Hiking a Colorado 14er

Gear That Got It Done: Winter Hiking a Colorado 14er

Hiking 14ers is a favorite pastime of locals and visitors alike, and while spring to fall are the most popular months to summit, winter hiking provides opportunities to push yourself and experience different gear.

Commerce With a Conscience: Penny Skateboards

Commerce With a Conscience: Penny Skateboards

Putting wheels on a deck made of odd materials is no longer unique. But Australia-born company Penny Skateboards takes riders down the road to a better future, both with the “I Ride I Recycle” collection of boards as well as work they’re doing around the world.

Fjallbacka Lodge, Jamtland: In the Presence of Wise Swedish guides

Fjallbacka Lodge, Jamtland: In the Presence of Wise Swedish guides

Traveling to Jamtland, Sweden, takes willpower and plenty of time. Pushing westward from the regional capital of Ostersund to Funasdallen adds over 200k on the rental’s odometer. And then, once you’ve completed a winding, rolling drive, what’s worth the effort?

What I Learned About Myself as a Pro Cyclist

What I Learned About Myself as a Pro Cyclist

Being a pro cyclist is like going to school every day, coming home thinking you might have it all figured out, and then going back the next and realizing you’re still learning. More or less, it is a never-ending education.

Early Season Hiking & Camping Products

Early Season Hiking & Camping Products

Record snowfall is a beautiful thing. So is a mid-winter trip to warmer climates and being ready when the drifts start disappearing. 

Brand Spotlight: Kryptonite

Brand Spotlight: Kryptonite

Our team’s time late last fall at the InterBike trade show opened our eyes afresh to the company’s deft manipulation of materials and technology. Here are a few of Kryptonite’s recent lock contributions to the cycling life of cities around the globe.

Favorite Group Camping Products

Favorite Group Camping Products

Call it “going big.” We’re out to get friends and family away from their screens and living more amazing days with us. 

Editor’s Picks: New favorites to start the year strong

Editor’s Picks: New favorites to start the year strong

Hundreds of brands fill the potential gear locker with all manner of technology, performance and style sensibilities. Following are a few that reached out and grabbed us by the editorial collar.

Hard Working Apparel & Gear

Hard Working Apparel & Gear

Active Junky’s found three brands uniquely qualified to deliver the goods. With enough left in the tank to put up a couple of cords before whiskey-sipping time arrives.

Emerging Brand Spotlight: North Sails

Emerging Brand Spotlight: North Sails

North Sails, surprise, started by plying the world’s lakes and oceans. Their hard-won knowledge of tackling changing weather, with more than a little back-at-the-dock style, showed up in pieces recently put under test by Active Junky.

Technical Base Layers: Sets & Bottoms Roundup

Technical Base Layers: Sets & Bottoms Roundup

Have a look at our top picks for base layer bottoms and sets from some of the best outdoor clothing brands for your next adventure to stay warm, but not too warm.

Innovative Gear & Apparel: New tech for the New Year

Innovative Gear & Apparel: New tech for the New Year

Missions to Mars aren’t the only dreams engineers are carrying around in their pulsing grey matter. These Active Junky selections turn yesterday’s imaginings into relevant products ready to wear and carry now.

Winter Warmers: Insulated Footwear and Apparel

Winter Warmers: Insulated Footwear and Apparel

It doesn’t take a record blizzard to discourage the unprepared from going forth into winter activities. Active Junky has a “no excuses” approach to gearing up for getting out. And this selection of favorite products fits the adventurous spirit, big dump or not.

Technical Base Layers: Long Sleeve Tops Roundup

Technical Base Layers: Long Sleeve Tops Roundup

You don’t often hear a set of long underwear or long sleeve wool shirt listed as part of your life-saving gear list. But when it comes to technical base layers, a crucial part of your outdoor adventure kit, they most certainly are. 

Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Favorite Accessories

Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Favorite Accessories

Active Junky’s been hitting the water hard (often, that is) and finding ways to make each outing more positive and memorable. Dive into this selection to upgrade your style and performance from coast to coast, churning surf to quiet mountain lake.

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