Deal of the Week: Suunto Traverse GPS Watch

This smart watch has enough juice to get the job done.

Heading out for the long haul? The Traverse is for you. It boasts superb battery life, going strong for 100 hours while recording a GPS track. (It can last two weeks without GPS.) It also has an intuitive interface, with on-screen cues for its five buttons. Snag the Traverse for $249.90 at, down from its original $450 retail price. So strap one on, and get planning for a summer full of long hikes. Backpacker

Holiday in Montreal Canada

Holiday in Montreal Canada… Getting around Town It’s incredibly easy getting around Montreal on its green and cheap public transport. You don’t need a car around the city – the chairman of the public transit body doesn’t own one himself, nor do a third of the city’s households! The STM (Societe de Transport de Montreal) controls the bus and Metro (Montreal’s underground subway) services. Get the $6 OPUS card at any Metro station and you can simply fill it up and use it for your bus and Metro travel. If you’re not staying for too long, there are transfer passes you can buy or pay exact change on board a bus. Vacation Rental Homes | Vacation Rental Caribbean

Project Vertical: Running Oregon

What happens when a D1 athlete turns her attention to the trail? A lot of fast miles.

Growing up in Orange County, California, Amanda Gehrich spent her childhood in the outdoors, mountain biking, running, and hiking in the foothills, and skiing at Mammoth Mountain. As a college student, she took her talents to University of Utah before transferring to University of Oregon, where she was part of the track team that won the NCAA indoor title in the distance medley relay this season.

When she’s not training on the track, Gehrich heads for the hills, especially nearby Hendricks Park in Eugene, where she and her teammates often run. In July, she’ll tackle a bigger peak, Rainier, with RMI guides and the rest of the Bight Gear test team.

Technology by Garmin

In addition, Bight Gear has teamed up with Garmin for this project, and testers will use fēnix® 5 Plus series watches and the inReach® Mini to track their progress. Backpacker

Gear of the Week: Morankiv Floating Serrated Knife

This lightweight blade plays well on the water.

Our take Paddling trips require their own special set of gear, and this knife from Morakniv is a great addition to your kit. A cork handle allows it to float if you drop it in the drink, and isn’t too slippery when wet. Our tester loved that while making dinner, he could let the knife float while rinsing his hands in his favorite backcountry fishing hole in California (and no, he won’t reveal the spot). The 4-inch, serrated blade is sharp enough to cut through fishing line and trail food packaging, and it’s useful for cleaning fish. An included clip-on sheath straps easily to a pack, vest, or belt.

Trail cred “I love the rounded tip, as I didn’t have to worry about it puncturing my inflatable raft while I prepared lunch on the river,” one tester says.

$24; 3.2 oz.; Buy the Morakniv Floating Serrated Knife Now Backpacker

Discover London UK

Discover London UK… Not everything in London costs money! There are plenty of places that you can visit for absolutely nothing. If you fancy taking in a bit of culture, check out this list of free museums in London, it includes the world-famous Victoria & Albert Art & Design Museum, the intriguing Natural History Museum, and the enormous Museum of London with over one million items on display! Vacation Rental Homes | Vacation Rental Caribbean

The Best Hiking Workouts for Every Fitness Level

Reality check: Hitting the gym is the quickest way to hike farther, easier, faster, and pain-free. Get into a routine—or take yours to the next level—with these smart workouts for three different levels.

The Best Beginner Hiking Workout

Ready to get started? Use this workout to ease into a new fitness regime.

Cardio: Shoot for hikes or walks of up to 2 miles once or twice per week. “Even half a mile will go a long way toward getting your joints ready for longer hikes on uneven terrain,” Fog-Wiltse says. This can be as simple as going for a walk around the block.

The Best Intermediate Hiking Workout

Established your base fitness? Take the next step by adding short, intense bursts of training to your workout.

Cardio: Grab a stopwatch: Variable Intensity Interval Training is your new best friend for netting cardio gains fast. Complete the following circuit three times in a row: Work for 30 seconds then rest for 30 seconds, totaling 12 minutes. Complete the circuit two to three times per week, alternating with strength days.

Think of these as exaggerated jumping jacks, extending fully then retracting into a squat.

High-Knee Jog
: Just what it sounds like.

Mountain Climbers:
Place your hands on the floor in front of you and start in plank position. Alternate hopping your feet forward, quickly bringing each knee to your chest.

: Leap side to side, landing on one foot while touching the other foot in a low lunge behind you and reaching your inside hand toward the floor. Go for distance and speed.

The Best Advanced Hiking Workout

Want to crush any trail? From epic days to expeditions, you’ll need maximum power and endurance.

Cardio: To go the long haul, you have to train for the long haul. Up your once- to three-times weekly cardio sessions to trail running 3 to 5 miles, hiking 5 to 10 miles, or mountain biking 12-plus miles, including hills in each. If you can only get one long session in, add two sessions of Level 2 cardio.

The Expert: Robyn Fog-Wiltse

A physiologist, personal trainer, and nutrition specialist, Fog-Wiltse runs Sasquatch Training, an online and in-person fitness platform. Backpacker

London Travel Photos

London Travel Photos… By Taxi: An easy way to travel within the city, a ride in London’s iconic black cab is worth experiencing. Though the fares are metered, this is a costlier way to travel as compared to buses and tubes, but if definitely more convenient and luxurious. By Local Trains: Where the Tube doesn’t take you, London local trains will. These crisscross the whole city and you can use Travel cards and Oyster Cards to pay for your journey. Vacation Rental Homes | Vacation Rental Caribbean

Discover London UK

Discover London UK… When people think of the UK they often think that there’s London and then the rest is just country side. But, whilst London is no doubt one of the world’s best cities, the UK has so much more to offer. There are a number of cities that have become extremely popular over the past few years, one of which is the Northern city of Leeds. Vacation Rental Homes | Vacation Rental Caribbean

Deal of the Week: Marmot Limelight Tent 2P

This burly tent can stand up to any weather—and right now, you can buy it for under $200.

If you crave breathing room, the Limelight might be your style. With a maximum height of 43 inches, this two-person palace is big enough for even tall backpackers to comfortably sit up in. And if the weather does turn, the 68-denier polyester fly keeps things dry and cozy inside. Buy Marmot Limelight Tent 2P now for $187 at Backcountry. Backpacker


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