Articles written by: Sarah Esterman

Sarah Esterman is a freelance writer, among other things. She rides her bike on the regular, runs endurance races, practices yoga and is starting to get into bouldering.

Top 10 Songs for the Campfire

Top 10 Songs for the Campfire

As you sit around the campfire this summer, with your beer in hand and friends and family by your sides, it might be nice to have a little music to compliment the crackling of the fire. But some of the classic songs we learned as children don’t always fit the [...]

Top 8 Dog-Friendly National Parks

Top 8 Dog-Friendly National Parks

It’s never fun to have to leave man’s best friend at home on a hiking, camping or backpacking trip, but frankly, there are some places that just aren’t safe for your furry friends—or your pup might pose too much of a threat to the natural environment. When in doubt, here [...]

10 Things to Do the Week Before Your Marathon

10 Things to Do the Week Before Your Marathon

Training for a marathon is never easy, but if you have a schedule down and an idea of what you need to do, it certainly helps. The trickiest part of training, though, isn’t all of the long runs and intensive build-up. Nope. It’s actually the tapering the week before your [...]

The 7 Best Documentaries About the Outdoors

The 7 Best Documentaries About the Outdoors

One of the things that’s so great about outdoor adventure is that the stories people tell of their real-life experiences are often just as, if not more, exciting, dramatic and engaging than those made up by Hollywood. Outdoor documentaries—whether they are about dangerous events gone wrong or simply the wonder [...]

The 12 Least-Visited National Parks

The 12 Least-Visited National Parks

The U.S. is home to just under 60 national parks, but sometimes, going to the favorites can ensure a bit of a crowded time (especially on holidays with gorgeous weather). There are some that don’t get as many visitors, though, and make for some good solo time in nature. Looking [...]

7 of the Scariest Kayaking Descents

7 of the Scariest Kayaking Descents

The biggest challenge (and likely the thing that’ll keep you from the most physical harm or even death) of descending over a waterfall in a kayak—besides, you know, psyching yourself up enough to do it—is staying in once you’ve gone over. And when you’re dropping over 100 feet, it’s no [...]

7 of the Most Serene Canoe Locales

7 of the Most Serene Canoe Locales

Not every paddling trip calls for some difficult rapids and whitewater. No, sometimes, you just want to head out, enjoy the scenery and relax a little. This change of pace might mean you need to visit a different river. Here are 7 rivers you can count on to provide an [...]

Top 7 Toughest Triathlons

Top 7 Toughest Triathlons

  Just the concept of competing in a triathlon is daunting. Even the shortest triathlons include a nearly half a mile swim, a12-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile run back-to-back. But it’s the ultra-distance triathletes that take the cake when it comes to crazy tough, and maybe just crazy. But [...]

8 Best Rivers for Kayaking in the U.S.

8 Best Rivers for Kayaking in the U.S.

Whether you prefer a challenge, an easy paddle or you’re more focused on the scenery, there are some rivers that rise above the rest when it comes to kayaking. Some are for the more experienced kayaker, with rough whitewater sections and class V rapids, while others are perfect for the [...]

6 Tips for a Fun Bouldering Trip

6 Tips for a Fun Bouldering Trip

If you’re used to bouldering at a gym, your first trip outdoors can feel a little intimidating. The rocks might be bigger, there are no planned out routes you can take and no colored tape showing different skill levels. At the same time, it’s really incredible to climb up a [...]