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  • 08 Aug 2016
    In a mere 150 miles Vermont�s Route 100 delivers 13 ski-ready peaks, hundreds of acres of XC glades, and a front-seat view of America�s long-standing obsession with winter sports. The first rope tow (predecessor to the ski lift) made its U.S. debut near the Green Mountains, and modern snowboarding was invented in Londonderry by a dude named Jake Carpenter, aka Jake Burton. Adventure in the land where winter legends were made? Now that�s a road trip.
    234 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • In a mere 150 miles Vermont�s Route 100 delivers 13 ski-ready peaks, hundreds of acres of XC glades, and a front-seat view of America�s long-standing obsession with winter sports. The first rope tow (predecessor to the ski lift) made its U.S. debut near the Green Mountains, and modern snowboarding was invented in Londonderry by a dude named Jake Carpenter, aka Jake Burton. Adventure in the land where winter legends were made? Now that�s a road trip.
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  • 08 Aug 2016
    Sure, you can take good video with still cameras. But if you want to make a full-fledged movie, a camcorder is still the only way to play. These three are at the top of their game.
    78 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • Sure, you can take good video with still cameras. But if you want to make a full-fledged movie, a camcorder is still the only way to play. These three are at the top of their game.
    Aug 08, 2016 78
  • 08 Aug 2016
    In the ever more crowded field of point-and-shoot cameras, we're left craving innovative, one-of-a-kind machines. We found five.
    60 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • In the ever more crowded field of point-and-shoot cameras, we're left craving innovative, one-of-a-kind machines. We found five.
    Aug 08, 2016 60
  • 08 Aug 2016
    A year ago, it was tough to find a DSLR with decent video. Now you'd be hard-pressed to find one without it. But only a few cameras shoot both formats well.
    77 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • A year ago, it was tough to find a DSLR with decent video. Now you'd be hard-pressed to find one without it. But only a few cameras shoot both formats well.
    Aug 08, 2016 77
  • 08 Aug 2016
    The upside of a down economy? It forces you to consider all your options--and our own spectacular backyard has never looked better. We've built the ultimate, state-by-state guide to top outdoor hubs across the country. These 100 adventure towns offer something for everyone, whether you love hiking, skiing, biking, kayaking, climbing, snowboarding, or a little bit of everything. Stay for a long weekend or the rest of your life.Use our click-and-go map to select a weekend escape. Browse our recommended places to play, stay, and eat, or post your picks. Then decorate your desktop with free wallpaper. And this is just the beginning: We'll continue to add towns and seasonal weekend trip ideas. So make this your first stop when planning your next out-the-backdoor escape.
    95 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • The upside of a down economy? It forces you to consider all your options--and our own spectacular backyard has never looked better. We've built the ultimate, state-by-state guide to top outdoor hubs across the country. These 100 adventure towns offer something for everyone, whether you love hiking, skiing, biking, kayaking, climbing, snowboarding, or a little bit of everything. Stay for a long weekend or the rest of your life.Use our click-and-go map to select a weekend escape. Browse our recommended places to play, stay, and eat, or post your picks. Then decorate your desktop with free wallpaper. And this is just the beginning: We'll continue to add towns and seasonal weekend trip ideas. So make this your first stop when planning your next out-the-backdoor escape.
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  • 08 Aug 2016
    Seek out life on Mars, battle mass extinction, fly a new breed of personal airplane, fight poaching (with DNA). This year's bold theories, big thinkers, and groundbreaking products aren't just changing our world--they're reinventing it.
    211 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • Seek out life on Mars, battle mass extinction, fly a new breed of personal airplane, fight poaching (with DNA). This year's bold theories, big thinkers, and groundbreaking products aren't just changing our world--they're reinventing it.
    Aug 08, 2016 211
  • 08 Aug 2016
    After 333 days and 2,000 miles, wilderness savant Mike Fay found every last redwood. Now he wants to save them. �I thought I�d be able to just Google it,� says biologist Mike Fay of locating the country�s southernmost redwood tree. Instead Fay and his hiking partner, activist Lindsey Holm, found themselves on the southern border of Los Padres National Forest in California, clawing their way up a steep-sided canyon.
    86 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • After 333 days and 2,000 miles, wilderness savant Mike Fay found every last redwood. Now he wants to save them. �I thought I�d be able to just Google it,� says biologist Mike Fay of locating the country�s southernmost redwood tree. Instead Fay and his hiking partner, activist Lindsey Holm, found themselves on the southern border of Los Padres National Forest in California, clawing their way up a steep-sided canyon.
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  • 08 Aug 2016
    Flying is a daring undertaking: Whether you realize it or not, you�re putting yourself in a Coke can full of explosive fuel going nearly three-quarters the speed of sound. When things go wrong�as several recent incidents have shown�they tend to go wrong rapidly and catastrophically.
    61 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • Flying is a daring undertaking: Whether you realize it or not, you�re putting yourself in a Coke can full of explosive fuel going nearly three-quarters the speed of sound. When things go wrong�as several recent incidents have shown�they tend to go wrong rapidly and catastrophically.
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  • 08 Aug 2016
    Swim with sharks in Baja, fly-fish Hemingway's favorite Idaho spot, and drink like it's Bavaria in Georgia (or Washington). Still standing? We've got 12 more weekend adventures for peak fall season.
    59 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • Swim with sharks in Baja, fly-fish Hemingway's favorite Idaho spot, and drink like it's Bavaria in Georgia (or Washington). Still standing? We've got 12 more weekend adventures for peak fall season.
    Aug 08, 2016 59
  • 08 Aug 2016
    On a recent flight to Idaho, I was deep into The Dark Knight when the guy sitting in front of me rocked his seat back so hard that my laptop crunched shut and nearly took my face with it. That was the moment I first longed for a netbook, the nascent class of micro-PCs that are half the size, weight, and cost of traditional laptops. Even in an industry slump, netbook sales are booming. Market research firm ABI expects 35 million units to be shipped worldwide this year and 139 million annually by 2013. Not bad for a product that virtually didn�t exist until late 2007. And that�s a crucial point: Netbooks are not just smaller laptops. They are a new breed of electronics, designed primarily to get online, view photos, watch videos, and do a little processing�in other words, the basic functions that occupy about 75 percent of our screen time. If it�s a sophisticated computer you�re after, look elsewhere. But for those of us who spend our lives in transit�for business or pleasure or both�a lightweight, no-frills machine with a screen that�s bigger than a smartphone�s is a godsend. If you really crave computing power, limited memory is offset by free online storage services. And netbooks offer peace of mind that laptops don�t: While $500 isn�t pocket change, you wouldn�t be devastated if the thing broke or got lost. If I were planning an extended trip—a month of trekking, say—I�d pack a netbook, rely on Wi-Fi, and avoid Internet caf�s altogether. There are dozens of options out there, but if you ask me, it really comes down to these three.
    77 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • On a recent flight to Idaho, I was deep into The Dark Knight when the guy sitting in front of me rocked his seat back so hard that my laptop crunched shut and nearly took my face with it. That was the moment I first longed for a netbook, the nascent class of micro-PCs that are half the size, weight, and cost of traditional laptops. Even in an industry slump, netbook sales are booming. Market research firm ABI expects 35 million units to be shipped worldwide this year and 139 million annually by 2013. Not bad for a product that virtually didn�t exist until late 2007. And that�s a crucial point: Netbooks are not just smaller laptops. They are a new breed of electronics, designed primarily to get online, view photos, watch videos, and do a little processing�in other words, the basic functions that occupy about 75 percent of our screen time. If it�s a sophisticated computer you�re after, look elsewhere. But for those of us who spend our lives in transit�for business or pleasure or both�a lightweight, no-frills machine with a screen that�s bigger than a smartphone�s is a godsend. If you really crave computing power, limited memory is offset by free online storage services. And netbooks offer peace of mind that laptops don�t: While $500 isn�t pocket change, you wouldn�t be devastated if the thing broke or got lost. If I were planning an extended trip—a month of trekking, say—I�d pack a netbook, rely on Wi-Fi, and avoid Internet caf�s altogether. There are dozens of options out there, but if you ask me, it really comes down to these three.
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