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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.

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.

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.

Best Backpacking and Car Camping Tents

Best Backpacking and Car Camping Tents

We tested the best backpacking and car camping tents on the market. See how our testers ranked these tents on weight, ease of use, vestibule size, durability and more.

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.

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.

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