Steven John

Steven John

Steven John is a writer and journalist living just outside New York City, by way of 12 years in Los Angeles, by way of growing up in D.C. (Also there was that stint in Boston.) He can occasionally be found climbing mountains, is sometimes spotted in a canoe, and is most often found home with his wife, son, and as of March 2018, daughter. His writing can be found spread across the web and his novels can be found here: www.StevenJohnBooks.com
Articles
Outdoors

Why You Need an Emergency Kit and the Basics of Assembling Your Own

When disaster strikes, an emergency kit can make the difference between a challenge and a catastrophe.
Outdoors

3 Packable Jackets That Every Serious Outdoorsman Should Own

These puffy, packable jackets are the perfect companions for long hiking and backpacking trips.
Outdoors

5 Exhilarating Hiking Movies to Inspire Your Next Trek

Stuck inside this winter? Hiking movies are the cure to cabin fever.
Outdoors

Tips for Safe Solo Winter Camping

In the stark beauty of the colder months, winter camping is a recipe for perfection: less crowds, snow-covered scenery, and quiet.
Food & Drink

Easy Homemade Energy Bars That Actually Taste Great

Here are three easy recipes that teach you how to make homemade energy bars that taste way better than the commercial brands.
Culture

Looking Ahead to History: 5 Scientific and Cultural Milestones That Might Just Happen in 2018

Last year was rough, but there's reason to believe 2018 will be better. In the realms of culture and science, we are on the precipice of major milestones.
Travel

Valley Rock Inn: An Hour from New York City but a World Apart

Valley Rock Inn is the No. 1 reason you should visit the village of Sloatsburg, New York.
Culture

A Few Good Men We Lost in 2017

This year we were rocked by celebrity deaths. We offer a humble tribute to a few fine gentlemen who left us in 2017 but deserve to be remembered far beyond.
Culture

How to Easily Remove Cigar Smoke and Odor

Cigars are rather strange, when you think about it: caught upon a passing breeze, their faint aroma is pleasing, even inviting. Yet when a room is filled with cigar smoke, it pretty much stinks.
Culture

5 Useful Ways to Get Rid of that Old Christmas Tree

An old Christmas tree offers myriad opportunities for new uses if you think about it cleverly enough!
Culture

What is the Winter Solstice: Facts about the Longest Night of the Year

What is the winter solstice, anyway? Let's discuss, because it would be weird to write an article like this otherwise.
Auto

How to Put On Snow Chains (and Why You Really Should Use Them)

If you're wondering how to put on snow chains, the first thing you should do is take a deep breath. It can be a frustrating process, but safety is worth it!
Fashion & Style

Giveaway: Columbia’s ‘Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker Echo Base Jacket

It's as cold as Hoth outside — you need a Luke Skywalker Echo Base Jacket.
Outdoors

Pac Back Trio: The Camping Air Mat that’s also a Chair (and a Pillow)

The Pac Back Trio serves more than on purpose on a camping or backpacking trip.
Auto

Fast Forward: Were These Really the Cars of the Future?

'Fast Forward' give us a unique look at the automobile trends and predictions of generations past.
Auto

What It’s Like to Drive a Ferrari as a Four-Seat Family Car

Did you know that the family-friendly GTC4Lusso T can fit a car seat and groceries? And it only costs $300,000.
Auto

How to Winterize a Car Like a Pro (With Advice from a Pro)

Before you ask your auto to keep you safe and warm this season, take some time to learn how winterize a car.
Outdoors

How to Split Wood Like a Lumberjack (With or Without an Axe)

Learning how to split wood — with or without an axe — will help you build roaring fires for years to come.
Food & Drink

Tasty 2-Ingredient Side Dishes

These side dishes are perfect on the Thanksgiving table (or on any other day of the year).
Outdoors

A Brief and Shining History of the Coleman Brand

We're big admirers of the Coleman brand because we know first hand the outdoors products work. But how did Coleman become a household name?
Food & Drink

How to Eat Your Fill During a Fancy Dinner at the James Beard House

If you're going to dine at the James Beard House, plan to come hungry and pace yourself. The courses seem endless and the wine flows freely.
Outdoors

‘Below Zero’ Book Review: Behold the Beauty of Life Lived in the Cold

The new 'Below Zero' book from Gestalten filled with photography and reflections by and about those intrepid souls who spend their lives where snow and ice hold sway.