hiking

November 7, 2018

Your Guide to Rocky Fork State Park

One of the closest state parks to downtown Asheville, North Carolina, is actually just across the border in Tennessee, and it encompasses some of the most rugged terrain in the Southeast. In 2012, the state of Tennessee established Rocky Fork State Park, more than 2,000 acres of mountains punctuated by cliffs and bisected by wild […]

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November 7, 2018

Green(er) This Year: REI is Minimizing Impact in the Products it Makes

When shopping for your outdoor gear, do you think about how the products you choose impact the planet? According to the data, you probably answered “yes.” In 2015, the consumer analytics company Nielsen polled 30,000 people in 60 countries across the globe and found that 66 percent of respondents were willing to pay more for […]

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November 5, 2018

Is the John Muir Trail Being Loved to Death?

On May 17, 1915, California Governor Hiram Johnson signed a bill authorizing  the allocation of funds to build the John Muir Trail (JMT). At the outset, the plan was to build a 211-mile alpine pathway that would span from Yosemite National Park to the summit of Mt. Whitney, meandering through rugged, untamed landscapes along the […]

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November 1, 2018

How to Travel to and Climb Kilimanjaro

Summiting Kilimanjaro is a feat topping the bucket list of the bold—to reach the lofty Uhuru Peak is to stand atop the highest mountain in Africa. Accessible from routes starting in both Kenya and Tanzania, this emblematic peak—located entirely within Tanzania’s northeastern savanna—is one of the region’s most iconic natural wonders. It’s complemented by equally […]

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October 30, 2018

Ten Top Hikes in Colorado

Two hikers on Quandary Peak

Colorado is known for its abundant sunny weather, mountain views and nearly year-round hiking opportunities. Hikers will enjoy pleasant spring weather along the Front Range and stunning summers and autumns in the mountains. Even in the winter, the Front Range sees plenty of mild and sunny days when the trails dry out enough for a […]

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October 26, 2018

2018’s Best Gifts for Camping and Hiking Enthusiasts

You know those hard-to-shop-for people who live and breathe the great outdoors. Fueled by fresh air, these adventure-seekers would rather spend a weekend—or an entire week—trekking a ridgeline trail, sleeping under the stars and making coffee at sunrise on a mountaintop. This holiday season, get them the gear that will warm their hearts and wind […]

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October 25, 2018

The Rescuer In Need of Saving

Jacob Urban’s depression started after the helicopter crash. It was February 15, 2012, and a helicopter carrying rescue workers from Wyoming’s Teton County Search and Rescue to aid an injured snowmobiler went down in the Tetons. The pilot and two rescuers were badly injured. Urban was among the additional volunteers from Teton County Search and […]

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October 22, 2018

Can Hiking Help Heal Veterans with PTSD? Researchers Seek to Find Out

Climbers summiting Mount Rainier

One fall day on Washington’s Mount Rainier, Josh Brandon and a group of fellow active duty platoon leaders discovered something about the outdoors that could improve the lives of veterans. It was September 2009 and the group had decided to make a late-season summit attempt of Washington’s highest peak as part of a team-building exercise. […]

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October 22, 2018

How Ada Hatch Helped Change the Field of Archaeology for Women

A side canyon of Lake Powell.

“They said if we didn’t succeed they would never hire women again.” Ada Hatch’s smile reflects the brilliance of her yellow sundress when she says this. But it’s not a sugary smile; it’s a grin full of spunk and vigor, one that hints at true adventure and wisdom. Now 76 years old, Ada spent the […]

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