Upon first glance, the 2017 model doesn’t have any shocking contrast from any other design that you’ve seen out on the roads since Toyota launched the Tacoma second-generation redesign in 2005. But I can guarantee you that the minute you get up close and personal with the 2017 Tacoma, all comparisons to anything produced in 2005 fly right out the power window.
Spending a few days should feel like a vacation from the mundane, fluorescently-lit world—not like a survival challenge. But if you’re unprepared for a weekend out in the woods, camping can turn from a well-intentioned escape into an episode of Naked and Afraid faster than a speeding bullet. That’s why we spent a few much-needed days out on the Oregon coast at Hotel Tacoma—an outdoor camping extravaganza hosted by Toyota once a year to bring outdoor athletes, adventurers, and enthusiasts together to sharpen their backcountry skills, enjoy the outdoors, and just play for a few days.
The time disconnected from Google searches and cell service allows you to pick up a few bits of practical knowledge while roughing it in the woods. Here are seven back-to-basics lessons you can learn from a weekend spent outside.
Checked baggage is a gimmick. Simply to get your belongings where you’re going, you have to pay extra fees, wait in extra lines, and send extra prayers to the travel gods that your belongings will even make it to your destination.Darrell Wade, founder of Intrepid Travel, the world’s largest adventure travel company, has shifted from dusty backpacker to jet-setting CEO taking meetings in New York and Sydney, but one thing hasn’t changed: Wade never checks a bag. “Be it a few days or a couple of months, I only ever have a carry-on these days,” Wade says. Here are his go-to tips for packing everything you’ll need.Read More
No, it won't get you high. But rest assured, the alcohol still works.Read More
There are 10,234 state park areas comprising over 18 million acres of U.S. soil. And according to the National Association of State Park Directors' latest count, 720 million visitors checked in to state parks to enjoy the terrain, recreation, and wildlife of state parks. That's more than double the number of people who checked in to National Parks. These folks are onto something. "The gateway to nature and the outdoors has, and always will be, our local and state parks," said Kevin O'Hara, Vice President of Urban and Government Affairs at the National Recreation and Park Association. Look out Yosemite and Yellowstone, here are the top 25 state parks that are giving you a run for your money.Read More
On August 22, 2016, Alexander Polli jumped off the cliffs of Le Brevent, adding to his near countless tally of flights down the French peak near Chamonix. Donning a wingsuit and action camera, the BASE jumping pioneer was filming another of his seemingly death-defying videos as he descended through the narrow, rock-strewn ENSA couloir. But while exiting the gully — with a barrel roll, no less — the YouTube star clipped a tree, lost control, and crashed, dying on impact. He was Le Brevent's ninth wingsuit fatality.Read More
The Oregon Brewers Festival is one of the oldest, biggest, and most loved beer fests in the country. It kicked off this week and is serving up 112 different craft brews for fest-goers to imbibe and enjoy. That’s a lot of beer to sample in a mere matter of days, and navigating what to drink, when to drink, and how to drink can be overwhelming — but it shouldn’t be. As Chris Crabb, the woman who organizes the nations greatest and most-attended beer festivals (including the Portland Brewers Fest and the North American Organic Brewers Festival) puts it: “You don’t go to a beer fest in a bad mood. If you do, that will change really quick because everyone at a beer fest is happy. What’s happier than celebrating beer?”Read More
When it comes to 4x4s that get you off the beaten path and into your next adventure, practicality always trumps luxury. But if you have enough money to not fear scratching the paint on a half-million dollar SUV, why not splurge? These five extravagant, adept, and badass SUVs are the best — and most expensive — vehicles you’ll find off road.Read More
Rock & roll legend. World-class guitarist. Record-setting angler? Turns out that Eric Clapton, one of the greatest musicians of all time, is just as good with a fly rod as he is a guitar.Read More
Cops have captured and apprehended the man who was caught scaling Trump Tower in New York City on Wednesday, and the climbing community has already trademarked the route.
One night a year, the biggest names in the sports world and the best athletes get to shed their sweaty jerseys and workout gear to spruce up, get spiffy, and come together under the same roof to celebrate. And some players show up to win on the red carpet, too. Here are our picks for the best dressed men and ladies at the 2016 ESPY Awards.Read More
The stress of air travel often calls for a glass of alcoholic relief. Commonly, your respite comes in the form of a pungent G&T, Scotch, or, increasingly, a tasty craft beer. But as U.S.-based airlines gradually bolster their beer offerings, European airline KLM (typically a more comfortable way to cross the Atlantic) is investing in gimmicks instead of better brews.Read More
Americans love hiking. In 2015, 38.7 million of us spent time hiking and backpacking off the beaten path. And from the Pacific Crest Trail to the John Muir Woods and Yosemite National Park, California is a trail-goers mecca. And until recently, hikers and backpackers in the Golden State had to mix and piecemeal trail information and maps together from multiple resources — such as the U.S. Forest Service, National Parks Service, and Google. But thanks to one man, anyone who wants to explore the trails of California now has access to a single comprehensive map that documents every trail in the state.Read More
Want to travel the world while still pulling in a steady paycheck? There's a crop of new remote work programs designed for digital nomads who want to clock into their desk job while camped out on a Belize beach town.Read More
Before, the only way to skip lines was to pay a $100 application fee for Global Entry, and then wait for it to be processed before you could enjoy the ease of breezing through customs. But now, a new government technology will get you through even faster than the Global Entry group — for free.Read More
The Marine Corps updated its fitness standards for combat jobs this year, and the requirements truly test just how strong, tough, and able candidates are. The update comes on the heels of previously restricted jobs — tank crewman, infantryman, artilleryman — being opened to male and female service members, leading the Marine Corps to create new gender-neutral standards for combat roles.Read More