Off The Map

The adventure is on! This year, the GearJunkie crew heads "off the map" to iconic outdoor destinations around North America. Follow us from sea caves on Lake Superior to California's infamous Lost Coast on an exclusive five-part video series.

'Off The Map' Video: 30-Hour Adventure Race

For episode No. 5 in our "Off The Map" video series we gear up and head into the woods for an endurance event. Watch as Team GearJunkie bikes, paddles, treks, and navigates its way through 100+ miles of deep forested terrain on the annual Stubborn Mule Adventure Race.

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Video: 'Bouldering the Great Plains'

For episode No. 4 in our "Off The Map" video series, we travel to western Minnesota in search of some of the most obscure rock climbing on the continent. "Bouldering the Great Plains" highlights this rare rock as well as the rare climbers who pursue it!

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Yak-Rack Giveaway!

Heading on the road to ride this summer? Follow the three steps on this post to enter our contest this week to win a $269 Yakima Doubledown Ace 4 bike rack. . .

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Bouldering on the Great Plains

This week, to shoot an episode of our "Off The Map" series, the GearJunkie crew packed up a stationwagon and stacked bouldering pads atop a Yakima cargo basket in search of some of the most obscure rock climbing on the continent.

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'Off The Map' Video: Maah Daah Hey Trail

Episode No. 3 in our "Off The Map" series takes viewers to the unlikely adventure destination of western North Dakota. It is there that an old horse track winds a vague and dusty 96 miles through the state's Martian-like Badlands region.

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UV-Blocking Bike Jersey Eliminates Need for Sunscreen

A desert mountain bike trip provides a venue to test a new UV-blocking jersey during two intense sunny days. A goal to minimize sunscreen use -- and let clothing do the sun-deflection instead -- was a goal of the trip.

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Bike Frame Bags Tote Load on Long Trail

A set of frame-compatible bags aided the GearJunkie crew in carrying camping equipment, food, and water during a recent two-day, 100-mile mountain biking trip on North Dakota's Maah Daah Hey Trail.

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'Off The Map' Video: Lake Superior Sea Caves

Episode No. 2 in our "Off The Map" series takes viewers to Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, where GearJunkie and crew paddle a mile-long stretch of sandstone caves to go "spelunking in a boat."

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Back From 'Maah Daah Hey' Trail

Blisters on our hands are still raw. Gear from the trip is a dusty mess, a pile in our garage needing to be cleaned. Thus are the after effects of the Maah Daah Hey Trail, a 97-mile bike route in the Badlands of North Dakota the GearJunkie crew rode this week.

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'Off The Map' on Maah Daah Hey Trail

We’re heading "off the map" again this week to film episode No. 3 in our new video series. Destination is the Maah Daah Hey Trail, a little-traveled 97-mile track in the Badlands of western North Dakota.

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Launch! 'Off The Map' Video Series

The adventure is on! This year, the GearJunkie crew heads "off the map" to iconic outdoor destinations around North America. Follow us on an exclusive five-part video series that starts today.

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Apostle Islands Cave Kayaking

"Like spelunking in a boat." That's how a GearJunkie editor described a unique kayaking trip to a set of sea caves on Lake Superior this week. The venue was the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, and the occasion was a day-long paddle and photo shoot for our upcoming "Off The Map" video series.

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Gravity Fed: Water Seeps Through Filter to be 'Cleaned'

Platypus' GravityWorks Filter product counts on nature's primal pull (gravity) to coax water through a filter, no pumping required. We gave it a test last month on California's Lost Coast Trail.

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Bivy Killer? Flyweight 'Kilo' Tent Has Headroom to Spare

A single, slender carbon pole, light fabric, and an efficient design make a new solo tent from Easton among the airiest on the market. We test the 2.2-pound Kilo 1P on a long, soggy trek down California's Lost Coast.

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GearJunkie Crew Back From 'Lost Coast'

Sore, soggy, and a bit wind-burnt in the face from constant north-blowing gales, the GearJunkie team is back from California and an adventure on the state's infamous Lost Coast.

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GearJunkie Off-Grid on 'Lost Coast'

GearJunkie is going off the grid. This week, to film the first episode of a new video series, a few of us here at GearJunkie will be trekking a lonesome and infamous shoreline route in northern California on a backpacking trip.

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Read more posts about our "Off The Map" series

Episode 5: "Stubborn Mule Adventure Race"

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Episode 4: "Bouldering The Great Plains"

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Episode 3: "Maah Daah Hey Trail" (Badlands of North Dakota)

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Episode 2: "Sea Caves of Lake Superior" (Apostle Islands)

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