At nearly 2,190 miles long, the Appalachian Trail (AT) passes through 14 states, eight national forests, six national park units, and countless state parks, forests and game lands, according to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Thru-hiking this national scenic trail is a dream for many. And if it’s a dream for you, you know the importance […]
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Sure, the cone was pyroclastic—a technical term meaning “sometimes spews lava”—but it seemed to be done erupting. So Rosaly Lopes and her advisor proceeded with their fieldwork on Sicily’s temperamental Mount Etna. It was 1981. Twenty-four-year-old Lopes, a graduate student in planetary geology at University College, University of London, and her thesis advisor, Dr. John […]
Your standard firefly serves as a wonderful hallmark of summer in the South, but Western North Carolina and East Tennessee have a corner on two species of fireflies that are downright miraculous. Deep inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP), there’s a species of firefly that synchronizes blinking: All the fireflies flash several times together […]
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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke chose this National Trails Day, June 2, to designate 19 new national recreation trails. These newly designated trails, but not newly built trails, are in 17 different states and add more than 370 miles to the national recreation trails system, which spans over 1,000 miles in each of the 50 states. […]
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By the time summer sun gave way to fall rains in Oregon, it was clear the state had experienced one of its worst-ever years for wildfires. According to the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, wildfires charred more than 665,000 acres in 2017—nearly equaling the size of the state of Rhode Island—all at a cost of $454 […]
Backpackers looking to enjoy their time in the wilderness face a perennial question: What’s more important, having comfortable gear or lightweight gear? Your backpack is one of the most important items that impacts how you feel on the trail and how quickly you can move during your outdoor adventures. Osprey has long created packs with […]
Although the Chicago metro area is a bit limited by geography, a short drive to the outskirts of the city to visit a state park or conservation area or a longer drive across the state line to visit the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore provides hikers with options. The scenic midwestern landscape and easy-going terrain is […]
A pack that comfortably fits your body’s specific shape and size can make all the difference between a joyful journey or a suffering slog in the backcountry. There are two essential considerations in finding the right fit: Your torso length. A snug grip on your hips. Many packs come in multiple sizes, including gender- and […]