These seven boots can handle rain, sleet, and snow without sacrificing style

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Conquer snowy streets and sidewalks with these smart and stylish winter boots. The outdoors have been a refuge during the pandemic. The rare opportunity to wear “real” clothing—or whatever that means to you these days—and take leisurely walks through parks or meet friends for socially distanced drinks outdoors has been essential. The question: How do you keep it up as the weather turns? Read Full Story

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Many Americans probably haven’t eaten breadfruit. Patagonia wants to change that

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Breadfruit, or ‘ulu, hasn’t traditionally been exported beyond the tropics, but Patagonia Provisions hopes to make it a mainstream ingredient. You won’t find breadfruit in the produce aisle at your local grocery store. But Patagonia Provisions, the food-focused offshoot of the outdoor apparel company, wants to help make the tropical fruit a mainstream ingredient. Read Full Story

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What leaders can learn from extreme adventure junkies

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It’s not what you think, say these authors and entrepreneurs, in tearing down some common misconceptions about risk and vulnerability. Success in the world of business requires many of the same skills as success in the world of outdoor adventure. We can speak to this because we do both. Kevin has been pushing the limits in the adventure world for more than two decades and has been recognized as one of Canada’s leading explorers. He also runs a successful architectural design practice and works as a leadership mentor and author. Amy is a management consultant and neuroscience expert but also a paraglider pilot and avid adventurer. We understand adventuring and we understand business, and the two are a lot closer than you think. Read Full Story

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Outdoor Voices x Merrell hiking boots are a shoe collab we can get behind

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The new Moab 2 hiking boot combines Merrell’s outdoor adventure prowess with the style of Outdoor Voices. It’s the year 2020, and shoe collabs abound, from Crocs x Bad Bunny to Cole Haan’s colorful Slack-themed sneakers for people who really love enterprise software. Among this landscape of wild (and somewhat random) brand crossovers, there’s one shoe collab that we’re actually looking forward to: the Merrell + Outdoor Voices Moab 2 Mid Eco . Read Full Story

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Could this market design be the future of social-distance food shopping?

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A proposed design for outdoor markets in Rotterdam would keep people apart while they buy their groceries. Food shopping in the age of social distancing can be difficult. Even with restrictions on the number of customers allowed in at once, narrow grocery stores aisles can get crowded quickly. Outdoor produce markets have been considered even harder to regulate, so some municipalities have shuttered those altogether, pushing even more customers into stores. Dutch design firm Shift Architecture Urbanism has a solution with its design for hyperlocal micromarkets that make food shopping quick, accessible, and safe within the confines of social distancing. Read Full Story

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How to deal with loneliness and isolation over the holidays

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This is normally a time of year to gather, reflect, and celebrate. But the advice to keep ourselves, our families, and our communities safe is to stay home. Here’s how to balance the feelings of guilt and depression that brings up. It has been nine months now since the country, mostly, shut down due to COVID-19. In that time maybe you’ve had socially distanced walks with friends, dined outdoors over the summer, and probably spent way too much time on Zoom. But, despite our best efforts, it’s fair to say that 2020 has been a year of isolation for the vast majority of people. Read Full Story

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How I fell in love with Walmart

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Forget Amazon and Target. The best grocery service you can find is at Walmart. And it’s been years in the making. I want to tell you about a place. A special place. A place where you drive up, a smiling face greets you by name, and your trunk is filled with affordable organic produce, your favorite locally made tortillas, outdoor toys to keep the kids occupied in these late summer days, and, shhh, maybe some Doritos. Read Full Story

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The best gifts for camping and hiking, according to Hipcamp employees

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Sleeping pads with extra support. Solar fairy lights. A portable French press. The experts at the camping platform share their favorite gifts for outdoor adventures. 2020 was the year that many Americans rediscovered the great outdoors—and all the functional (and fun!) gear that’s required to sleep under the stars. To find out what to buy for the campers (and glampers) in your life, we turned to the experts at Hipcamp, the camping booking site that allows you to book stays everything from public campgrounds to private ranches and vineyards across the U.S. These are the gifts they wish they had received. All of the products below pair well with a Hipcamp gift card. Happy camping! Read Full Story

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