Classic Routes: The Phoenix

From below Yosemite’s Cascade Falls, you can barely see the 160-foot fissure splitting a steep granite wall west of the waterfall: The Phoenix, perhaps Yosemite’s best-known hard crack. Access requires an ...

Ancient City of Bargylia

Here's a chance to rule over your own piece of ancient Greece. Located in modern-day Turkey, the city of Bargylia consists of 81 acres. The site is classified as a first-degree archaeological site and comes ...

Big Change

Hi Steph! There’s going to be lots of firsts in this greeting but you seem to thrive on firsts so I’m going to let ’em rip. I’ve never written to a complete stranger before being the happy lone wolf that I am, ...

Ferrari SP38 Sports Car

Based on the 488 GTB and vaguely inspired by the iconic F40, the Ferrari SP38 Sports Car is a spectacular one-off. It retains the 488's chassis, twin-turbo, twin-intercooler V8, and suspension, but has all-new ...

Books and Moms

Hi Steph, For some ineffable reason I felt compelled to shoot a line when I saw your contact field. I read your book a year or so ago which I thoroughly enjoyed a connection with. I even got my Mother to read ...

Hiuni Telescope

Designed for shared live stargazing experiences, the Hiuni Telescope is an easy-to-use smart telescope. The Hiuni has a Cassegrain style design with an integrated finderscope camera and dual mirrors. The scope ...

EDC: Bullet

Fisher Bullet Space Pen ($25).Orbitkey Key Kit ($60).SOG Knife Card Holder ($108).Transform your bulky mess of a keyring into an organized, quiet stack with the Orbitkey Key Kit. Made of a water-resistant TPU ...

GoldenEye 1965 Aston Martin DB5

No car is more synonymous with James Bond than the DB5, having appeared in seven 007 films. This particular 1965 model had a starring role in the opening scene of GoldenEye. At one point the most valuable ...

Zen Float Tank

Fight back against the effects of sensory overload with a little sensory deprivation. The Zen Float Tank is an inflatable, at-home relaxation solution. Inside the fin-shaped structure is 10" of water, ...

Camp Stove Pad Thai Recipe

It's easy to stick to the basics when it comes to camp cooking, but we love kicking things up a notch with more creative meals. This tasty, camp-friendly pad thai recipe from Fresh Off the Grid is a delicious ...

Swing House

Part restoration and part art installation, Mark de Jong's Swing House puts a whimsical touch on architectural design. From the street, the structure's vintage facade falls in line with the rest of its ...

Oh Hi There, I’m Back

First off, a question: have you missed me? It’s very very important to me that I was missed. Also, I’m really curious whether anyone checks back here anymore. I mean I do, but if you do too, why do you? Not ...

How to Pack for a Hike

More than anything else, I see backpackers get really hung up on clothing. They struggle to assemble a system that is optimized for the conditions they may encounter, devoid of redundancies, and costs no more ...

Giro Stage 17 Preview

A breakaway or a bunch sprint? That’s up to the peloton, the flat finish suits a sprint this is the last chance for many in the Giro to win a stage before the mountains return. Stage 16 review: a stage win ...