Outside Magazine: Everything you’d expect from the still-pre-eminent brand for the outdoor lifestyle. Gear, fitness, adventure travel, industry news, and interviews. You’ll find everything from dispatches from a South Pole expedition to commentary on biofuels to reviews of the hottest gear.
- National Geographic Adventure: Hot on the heels of Outside, with a more explicit focus on adventure travel, is this Nat Geo blog. Top ecolodges, top adventure stories, dispatches from the ends of the earth, and the requisite reviews of new gear and gadgets.
- The Adventure Blog: This is a great go-to hub for all things adventure — expedition updates, adventure racing, mountaineering, and travel. In addition, it’s a great source for finding niche adventure sites.
- SummitPost: This is less of a blog than a wiki, but it’s an awesome example of the power and utility of user generated adventure content nonetheless. The site offers profiles of thousands of mountains around the world, with descriptions and photos from various hiking and climbing routes posted for the benefit of all. It’s also a resource to find climbing or hiking partners, read gear reviews, and scheme about your next peak bagging.
- Weekend Sherpa: OK, I admit it: this is a nod to our Bay Area brethren (and it’s not really a blog). NileGuiders find this site and their accompanying email newsletter to be super-useful when planning a NorCal weekend getaway or outdoor excursion. Whether it’s hiking in Point Reyes or snowshoeing in Lake Tahoe, this site is always chock-full of good ideas for quick escapes. No hardcore climbing or mountain biking stuff here — it’s strictly for the mainstream outdoor enthusiast.
Top 5/10 Lists — By Josh Steinitz on January 9, 2009 at 2:34 pm