Emily King’s Van Life Wish List

Editor’s Note: Have you ever wondered what items professional athletes and outdoor adventurers put on their wish lists? Because these folks know their stuff, we asked a handful of experts in different fields to tell us what they want for the holidays. Emily King has spent the last four years living, adventuring, and traveling all over North America in her camper van with her partner and...

(Mini) Van Life: The Ideal Adventure Vehicle?

For those of us that get inspired by the social media accounts of pro athletes and adventurers with seemingly no responsibilities other than keeping their gas tank full to get to the next destination, the idea of van life can seem like a pipe dream. Particularly, in getting past that image, we start to think about those pesky things like jobs, bills, insurance, and everything else that...

Celebrate #VanLife and Win Cool Gear!

Van living may not be for everyone, but those who take on the adventure are sure to be rewarded with some amazing views! For the month of September, we are partnering with various outdoor brands to give away awesome prizes like a Gregory Baltoro 75 pack and a Goal Zero Venture 30 solar panel kit! To enter, follow @easternmntnsports and @gregorypacks on Instagram, then tag two friends in the...

Video: 10 Steps to Build Your Adventure Van

Only 10 steps? Sounds easy! Ok, so maybe it's a little bit harder than that makes it sound but with enough planning and preparation, your dream van build can be broken down into just a couple easy parts. Keep it simple, stupid!

Alpha Guide: Mount Marcy via the Van Hoevenberg Trail

Towering over New York State at a cloud-splitting 5,344 feet, Mount Marcy is a breathtaking Northeast peak and an iconic wilderness hike. Climbing Mount Marcy is a rite of passage for many area hikers, whether it’s a personal goal on its own or a small piece of the pursuit to become an Adirondack 46er. Beginning from the High Peaks Information Center (HPIC) at the serene Heart Lake, this...

A Guide to Winter Wildlife Tracking

Imagine yourself hiking alone through freshly fallen snow in the backcountry. There are no sounds of civilization—not even a plane overhead. You come across an animal's track…Who left it behind? And, where were they going? Today, my goal is to provide you with some basic information, so you can get started on your own winter wildlife tracking. Here's a little bit about my wildlife tracking...

The Best Gear for Living Out of Your Car

Creature comforts are the key to well-being and longevity when living out of a car. Past multi-week road trips had left my husband and I exhausted, so as we planned for a yearlong motor adventure across North America, we focused on bringing the comforts of home into nature. A tricked-out Sprinter van would have been the homiest option, but not having $50,000 under our mattress, we retrofitted our...

Top 10 Products with Northeastern Roots for Your Holiday Shopping List

This season, why just give the gift of rad gear, when you can give a gift that also supports your happy camper’s habits and the Northeast’s economy? While Eastern Mountain Sports carries brands from all over the map, consider adding some local flavor to your holiday shopping list. Most of the items mentioned are manufactured at their company’s headquarters, so spending money just got a lot...

8 Gifts for the Après-Ski All-Star

Après-ski is an integral part of any day spent sliding on snow. So, whether the skier or rider on your list will be cozying up to the slopeside bar or popping beers in the parking lot, here are some items that will take your ski bum from après zero to après hero. 1. Get the bottles popping While smart skiers and riders always carry a small set of tools for those just-in-case moments, savvy...

The Dirtbag’s Almost-Quiche

The dirtbag lifestyle can certainly hold you back from many of life’s fancier accoutrements. But, with a little creativity and imagination, your kitchen productions don’t need to be one of them. When it comes to the meal that delivers the fuel required for a long day of dirtbagging, this is one easy, filling, and delicious dish that won’t leave you and your companions broke or out of...