John Muir is one of our outdoor heroes. Without his influence and inspiration we might not have our national park system. Hiking might not be as popular and CloudLine might never have created the world's best merino wool hiking socks. In short, we all have John Muir to thank for many of our favorite hikes and outdoor adventures!
The world is big and full of amazing places to visit. Instead of a weekend at home, visit a nearby National Park, go hiking, backpacking, skiing, any adventure will do. You'll never see everything in one lifetime, so follow John's advice and go exploring often.
"The world is big and I want to get a good look at it before it gets dark." -John Muir
Muir believed that wilderness held the answers to many of the problems of civilization. A healthy forest is a vibrant ecosystem and a tiny Universe. Go for a hike and you might not know any more about the planets and stars, but you will surely know more about your place in the Universe.
"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness." - John Muir
We've all had a weekend where we sat at home eating pizza and binge watching Netflix. It's easy to do, but when the weekend is over you never feel ready to start the work week. A weekend in the mountains filled with hikes and adventures will bring you more rejuvenation, stress relief, and relaxation than a weekend on the couch every time.
"Few places in this world are more dangerous than home. Fear not, therefore, to try the mountain passes. They will kill care, save you from deadly apathy, set you free, and call forth every faculty into vigorous, enthusiastic action." - John Muir
John Muir didn't hate reading. In fact, he published 6 volumes of personal writings, but he believed that a day in the mountains could do more good than reading any book on nature. So don't just read about adventure in Outside Magazine, get outside and experience some real adventure.
"One day's exposure to mountains is better than a cartload of books." - John Muir
There really is no better feeling then hiking, climbing, or scrambling to the top of a lofty mountain. Standing there you will be filled with a sense of accomplishment and perspective that is only earned in the mountains. The cares of life below will melt away and for that moment, we promise you will feel doubly happy.
"Doubly happy, however, is the man to whom lofty mountain tops are within reach." - John Muir
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Some trails are familiar, like a pair of cushioned slippers formed to your feet. Each turn is comforting and warm, as known as the pages of your favorite book. Some trails are rocky and wild, proving to you with every mile both the thrill of nature and your own limitations. For different experience levels, locations, time constraints and moods, there are likely to be a variety of trails near you that meet your needs. With some helpful resources and considerations, finding the perfect hiking trail is easy.
From hiking dog jealousy to estimating the calorie-to-weight ratio of entire grocery stores, outdoor adventurers have unique experiences all around.
Here are just a few to make you laugh, paired with watercolor interpretations of outdoorsy absurdity.
My first pair of sturdy, quality hiking boots changed my outdoor experience. Before them, I tumbled around awkwardly in slippery, ill-fitting, non-breathable (and somehow also non-waterproof) boots, coming away from hikes happy but covered in scrapes, bruises, and favoring tender limbs. My arches would ache, and eventually, the dull pain would spread to my leg joints. Then I bought “my blue boots.” The most significant outdoor purchase I had ever made, I was unconvinced that they would be worth it. Now, without a doubt in my mind, I can say they were absolutely worth the price.
|Small||4 - 6.5||2 - 4.5||35 - 37||20.5 - 23|
7 - 9.5
|5 - 7.5||38 - 40||23.5 - 25.5|
|8 - 10.5||41 - 45||26 - 28.5|
13.5 - 15
|11 - 13.5||46 - 49||29 - 31|
|Small||N/A||N/A||N/A||20.5 - 23|
6 - 8.5
|5.5 - 8||39 - 41||23.5 - 25.5|
|8.5 - 11||42 - 44||26 - 28.5|
12 - 14.5
|11.5 - 14||45 - 47||29 - 31|
|WOMEN'S||FITS SIZES||US Sizes (Inches)|
|Small||2 - 4||Length: 26"||Width: 15 ¾"|
|Medium||6 - 8||Length: 26 ½"||Width: 16 ½"|
|Large||8 - 10||Length: 27 ⅛ "||Width: 17 ½"|
|X-Large||10 - 14||Length: 27 ¾"||Width: 18 ½"|
|2X-Large||14 - 18||Length: 28 ⅜"||Width: 19 ½|
|MEN'S / UNISEX||CHEST TO FIT||US Sizes (Inches)|
|Small||34 - 37||Length: 28"||Width: 18"|
38 - 41
|Length: 29"||Width: 20"|
42 - 45
|Length: 30"||Width: 22"|
46 - 49
|Length: 31"||Width: 24"|
|2X-Large||50 - 53||Length: 32"||Width: 26"|