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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.

The Best Hiking Backpacks

The Best Hiking Backpacks

While there are dozens of worthwhile options from which to choose, Active Junky’s shouldered over twenty backpacking backpacks to find the best model for your situation.

The Best Sleeping Pads

The Best Sleeping Pads

We spent three months evaluating so you can choose from the best sleeping pads possible to put a smile on your face as the golden sun rises above the horizon and reminds you that not only is every day precious, but yours to enjoy.

Buyer’s Guide to the Best Hiking Boots

Buyer’s Guide to the Best Hiking Boots

Choosing hiking boots can be more difficult, painful and challenging than hiking itself. Active Junky’s tested hiking boots all winter and spring to help you make the right choice.

Tips to Plan the Perfect Road Trip

Tips to Plan the Perfect Road Trip

We’ve put more miles on our poor vehicles than we’d like to admit, but the result is an intimate understanding for life on the road, and advice for anyone about to take off on a road trip.

Camp Stove Buyer’s Guide

Camp Stove Buyer’s Guide

If prepared even moderately well, meals cooked when camping seem more satisfying than those fixed at home. A well-matched camp stove makes the plein air experience enjoyable, even downright delightful.

The Best Trail Cameras of 2017

The Best Trail Cameras of 2017

Active Junky mounted seven of the best trail cameras and tested each for image quality, detection accuracy, and important design features. Here are our recommendations for the best trail cameras under $200.

Awesome Activities to Experience in California

Awesome Activities to Experience in California

A wealth of topographic and ecological diversity bless Golden State residents and visitors alike with a bottomless bank vault overflowing with an invaluable resource: adventure.

Best Polarized Sunglasses for Fishing

Best Polarized Sunglasses for Fishing

Active Junky has taken a variety of combinations in material, lens color and sizes to review the best options for polarized sunglasses offered in 2017.

Travel Tips and Adventures in Israel

Travel Tips and Adventures in Israel

Israel isn’t necessarily thought of as an adventure destination, but it’s time we give credit where credit is due. 

Moab Camping & Fishing Essentials

Moab Camping & Fishing Essentials

We geared up for our most recent adventure to Utah with the latest offerings from Stio, GU, and LuminAID.

8 Underrated National Parks

8 Underrated National Parks

Brush back the facade of the frequented. Explore elsewhere. Because this landscape of ours is as big as it is beautiful, and we bet you haven’t seen it all.

5 Unforgettable Spring Hikes

5 Unforgettable Spring Hikes

Dust off your hiking boots, grab your crew, and head to some of the best springtime hikes the United States has to offer.

14 Summer Ski Destination Around the World

14 Summer Ski Destination Around the World

For some skiers and snowboarders, the action is seasonally dependent. For others, it’s a year-round addiction, and chasing that shred-induced adrenaline is non-negotiable. 

4 Pro Models for the Best Snowboarding Kit

4 Pro Models for the Best Snowboarding Kit

We’ve pulled together a few of our favorite pro models to make a complete head-to-toe snowboard kit, designed with input from an all-star team of riders.

Beginner’s Guide to Splitboarding: Getting the Gear

Beginner’s Guide to Splitboarding: Getting the Gear

The splitboard is a variation of a snowboard developed specifically with backcountry exploration in mind. By removing the bindings, unhooking the board, and reattaching the bindings to the now-separate halves, a splitboard transforms into a pair of skis. 

Coordinates Gaspé: Quebec's Land’s End

Coordinates Gaspé: Quebec's Land’s End

The rugged coastline is ideal for hiking, biking, and water-based activities like kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding, and the mountainous interior also has many miles of hiking trails. 

5 Mountain Town Essentials

5 Mountain Town Essentials

It’s easy to skimp on a piece of gear here or there when you’re just visiting. But when you put down roots in a mountain town, there are a few essentials that truly merit the moniker.

8 Reasons to Join a Hiking Group

8 Reasons to Join a Hiking Group

A hiking group is comprised of people who are not only willing but excited to meet in the early, cold hours of the morning knowing both the punishment and reward awaiting.

Burton U.S. Open Pipe and Slopestyle Recap

Burton U.S. Open Pipe and Slopestyle Recap

Given the current state of snowboarding and the nonstop onslaught of mind-blowing progression with new tricks hitting the internet every other day, we knew that the U.S. Open was going to be awesome. 

Activate: British Columbia

Activate: British Columbia

Vancouver Island provides expansive options for experiences, tours and outdoor pursuits. Check out the team’s adventures exploring from sea to stream, rainforest to beach, discovering this captivating destination by foot, kayak and hand-carved canoe.

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.

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