Photo Essay: Havasupai, Land of the Blue Green Water

Havasu Falls at dusk. The stretch of waterfalls along Arizona's Havasu Creek in the Havasupai Indian Reservation are well known for their intense beauty and incredible colors. An offshoot of the Grand Canyon and part of the Colorado River system, the area's unearthly turquoise waters are sacred to the Havasupai people through whom it is said these waters flow. Lindsey [...]

Unstoppable: Backcountry Skiing while Pregnant

words by Ryan Scavo; photos by Ryan Scavo unless otherwise credited When my husband and I shared our annual hut trip plans with friends and family, we experienced mixed reactions. My parents and in-laws considered me a bit crazy and urged me to “be careful” and not "overdo it.” However, our ski-crazed friends from back East called the hut managers and booked [...]

Sand Dunes National Park by Sled

Words and photos by Kersten Vasey My friend and I were having our usual midweek discussion that revolved around plans for the weekend's adventure. Weekend at Copper? Potentially. Tetons? A bit far. Camping in Sand Dunes National Park? Intriguing. I had just moved from Boston to Colorado and was ready to explore. But it was November, that awkward time of year when the snow [...]

Summer Outdoor Adventure Hotspots in the UK

Kayaking amongst Cumbria's hills Photo: Anthony Parkes   This article was created in collaboration with High Octane Sport.   The UK is often underrated when it comes to summer activity lists, with many people preferring to venture further afield to better known locations. Unbeknownst to many, there are actually loads of amazing places in the UK where one can indulge in a range of sporting pursuits. [...]

Southern Utah’s Top 4 Spring & Fall Adventures

80% of the time I pick my next adventure based on photos. Something like: "I want to be in that photo," goes through my mind.    Let's try that tactic on you. If you haven't been to Moab in the spring, check out the following photos of a few of my favorite climbs, hikes, and camping spots in the area — you might just find [...]

Adventures on the Adriatic: Rock Climbing in Croatia

Kristina Ciari I sat down with Kristina Ciari to talk with her about her recent climbing adventures in Croatia. Kristina is a Seattle athlete and adventurer. She climbs, backcountry skis, runs, cycles, and is even famous for her spectacular campfire building skills. Read on for more. Unless otherwise specified, photos in this article are credited to Genevieve Hathaway. Genevieve Hathaway (GC): Why did you decide to [...]

Ski the East: Whiteface Mountain

Grab some vert at Whiteface Mountain "Ski the East" is a series of articles created by OWA founder Gina Bégin as she tours from maritime Canada to the northeast US in a quest to uncover the culture and vibe of the ski community and areas of eastern North America. This is part IX in this series. For more about the project, visit Driving through [...]

Out of the Valley: Hiking Sacramento

  Overlooking Lake Berryessa from Blue Ridge                           While much of the Northern Hemisphere is bracing for snow this time of year, residents of California's Sacramento Valley are watching leaves turn from deep green to fiery hues of yellow and orange. The Sacramento area is known for its urban forest and fantastic water-based [...]

5 Micro-Adventures in—Kansas?

Adventures...where? Every time I open a map of the United States my eyes land on the state of Kansas first. Yes, it is my home state, but it is also right in the center of the map—and for a state that is centered in the middle of the country, Americans sure overlook it a lot. Many regard Kansas as a barren, flat wasteland that makes [...]

Rainforest Meets Cliff-hugging Beaches at Toleak Point

Hiking along the Olympic Coast Beautiful Toleak Point is located on the coast of Washington state in Olympic National Park. More importantly—for my inner Twilight fan—this is where the Twilight books take place. I can’t lie; while we were there, I kept looking for werewolves. While it rains a lot in the Twilight books, we had perfect weather for our trip. To make the most [...]