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  • How to use and read a compass; a valuable outdoor skill for fun and survival. An introduction to the device and its basic use.

    Using a Compass Without a Map

    Using a Compass Without a Map

    by Liz Elias17

  • Hiking boots that help foot and heel pain can set you free to explore nature without pain. Here are 5 of the best pairs of hiking boots for sensitive feet.

    Best Hiking Boots for Foot and Heel Pain

    Best Hiking Boots for Foot and Heel Pain

    by GreenMind Guides5

  • The 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia attracts millions of hikers each year. Additionally about 500 people each year successfully backpack the entire length of the trail. This article explores the history and culture of hiking the Appalachian Trail.

    The History of Hiking the Appalachian Trail

    The History of Hiking the Appalachian Trail

    by Dan Human41

  • The East Coast Trail consists of 26 developed wilderness paths along 300km of coastline on the East Coast of Newfoundland, Canada. Bay Bulls to the lighthouse is the first 3.5km of the Spout Path.

    The East Coast Trail, Bay Bulls to the Lighthouse

    The East Coast Trail, Bay Bulls to the Lighthouse

    by Stephen Barnes0

  • From local day hikes to extended backpacking trips, everyone should carry the Ten Essentials while outdoors.

    The Ten Essentials of Hiking

    The Ten Essentials of Hiking

    by Dan Human29

  • As a resident of San Marcos, Texas and an avid hiker, these are my personal Top 5 trails to hike in San Marcos. These are relatively short hikes ranging from about a mile to 8.4 miles. Some hikes could be longer depending upon the route you take. Always remember to stay safe and stay hydrated!

    Top 5 Hiking Trails in San Marcos, Texas

    Top 5 Hiking Trails in San Marcos, Texas

    by Billy W Mitchell1

  • As a Search & Rescue volunteer myself since 2007, I've put together this page to give you an idea of what "SAR" is all about and how you can get involved with a team in your area.

    Becoming a Search and Rescue Volunteer

    Becoming a Search and Rescue Volunteer

    by Deb Kingsbury483

  • A 24-hour pack for Search and Rescue personnel (and anyone else who wants to be prepared for twenty-four hours in the backcountry).

    The SAR Pack: Search & Rescue Gear

    The SAR Pack: Search & Rescue Gear

    by Deb Kingsbury19

  • There are plenty of re-usable water bottles on the market today. But are they any safer than drinking out of a plastic one containing BPA left in the sun?

    Safe Water Bottle Choices

    Safe Water Bottle Choices

    by Jean Bakula26

  • A summary of our hike and the trials and mistakes we made on the mountains of Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge in the Adirondacks. Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge are two of the forty-six Adirondack high peaks.

    Adirondack Hike: Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge

    Adirondack Hike: Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge

    by JOC0

  • Potentially life-saving gear hikers and other backcountry users should carry—some of it in the "just in case" category—whenever they hit the trail.

    Ten Essentials for Backcountry Hiking

    Ten Essentials for Backcountry Hiking

    by Deb Kingsbury25

  • If you're looking for the best running shoe for a big man, this article will provide insight and reviews of a few favorites. A bigger guy can still find a shoe that's comfortable and healthy.

    Five Best Running Shoes for Big, Heavy Men

    Five Best Running Shoes for Big, Heavy Men

    by Bikes7

  • In this article, I review the Keen Gypsum hiking boot. This tough new waterproof hiker conquers the trails while cushioning your feet. From backpacking to rugged hiking, I field tested the Gypsum for several months before writing this review.

    Review of the Keen Gypsum Hiking Boot

    Review of the Keen Gypsum Hiking Boot

    by Dan Human9

  • Insider tips on where to hike for a short day trip and a longer over-nighter, Park trail vs. Forest trail comparison, details on park and pack campsites, and another reason to visit Central Ohio!

    Backpacking at Mohican-Memorial  State Forest

    Backpacking at Mohican-Memorial State Forest

    by Molly Wilson5

  • A look inside all Antelope Canyon has to offer, from guided tours of the canyon to kayaking on Lake Powell and camping on Antelope Island.

    Exploring Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell

    Exploring Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell

    by Molly Wilson0

  • GPS units are essential to successful Search and Rescue teams. This step-by-step guide illustrates the most common SAR GPS tasks. Directions work well for a Garmin Map 60 and other units.

    How to Use a GPS for Search and Rescue Operations

    How to Use a GPS for Search and Rescue Operations

    by Dan Human6

  • Has a skunk tried mating with your stinky sandals? If so, it is time to clean them. Follow these steps to remove the funky smell from your favorite summertime footwear.

    How to Clean the Stink from Funky Sandals

    How to Clean the Stink from Funky Sandals

    by Dan Human8

  • Bright Angel Trail, a corridor trail, is one of the most popular trails at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Despite Backpacker Magazine declaring it one of America's Most Dangerous Hikes, with water sources, some shade, rest areas, and a park ranger presence, it is the safest trail at the Grand Canyon. It is a frequent route to or from Phantom Ranch. We hiked to 3 Mile Resthouse and back to the South Rim; a 6 mile, 2110 foot adventure.

    Day Hiking Bright Angel Trail, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park

    Day Hiking Bright Angel Trail, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park

    by bankscottage18

  • Max Patch is a beautiful place to visit and hike in Western North Carolina. There are a number of options for hiking. You can also just climb to the summit - about 1/2 mile - and enjoy the 360-degree views.

    Hike Max Patch Near Asheville, NC

    Hike Max Patch Near Asheville, NC

    by Cynthia Calhoun28

  • Gulf Hagas, the Grand Canyon of Maine, very remote and only about 4 miles long and 100 feet deep, is filled with breathtaking vistas, waterfalls, pools, and sheer rock walls.

    Gulf Hagas, The Grand Canyon of Maine

    Gulf Hagas, The Grand Canyon of Maine

    by bankscottage10

  • Information about long-distance footpaths around the globe, grouped by continent. Have you hiked any of these trails or routes? Want to?

    Great Long-Distance Walks of the World

    Great Long-Distance Walks of the World

    by Deb Kingsbury328

  • A trip report from our day trip to Cliff and Redfield Mountains in the Adirondack Park of Upstate, N.Y. In the Adirondack 46 High Peaks, Cliff is the 44th highest peak at 3,960 feet and Redfield is 15th at 4,606 feet.

    Adirondack Hike: Cliff and Redfield

    Adirondack Hike: Cliff and Redfield

    by JOC0

  • Steep & Cheap is a legit website and business. Here's what you need to know about buying discount outdoor gear on Steep & Cheap.

    Is Steep & Cheap Legit? A Review

    Is Steep & Cheap Legit? A Review

    by Katy Medium0

  • Outbound Dan Human recounts his more than two thousand-mile backpacking trip along the Appalachian Trail. Memories of the southbound thru hike are shared through a collection of pictures.

    An Appalachian Trail Thru Hike in Pictures

    An Appalachian Trail Thru Hike in Pictures

    by Dan Human32

  • Hanging Rock State Park is about a half-hour drive north of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and has some of the best hiking trails in the Triad. This park also has four waterfalls and even a mountain cave called Tory's Den.

    Hanging Rock State Park - Danbury, NC

    Hanging Rock State Park - Danbury, NC

    by Efficient Admin8

  • A trip summary from the hike on Nippletop and Dial Mountains in the Adirondacks. Nippletop and Dial are two of the forty-six high peaks in the mountainous region of New York State.

    Adirondack Hike: Nippletop and Dial

    Adirondack Hike: Nippletop and Dial

    by JOC2

  • Even though hiking is a rewarding activity, it has its potential risks too. A slippery rock can turn a simple day hike into a complex rescue mission. Outbound Dan offers 10 tips to hikers on how to stay safe in the outdoors.

    Ten Tips for Safe Hiking: How to Prepare for a Day Hike

    Ten Tips for Safe Hiking: How to Prepare for a Day Hike

    by Dan Human20

  • A giant reaching 5,895 meters, Mt. Kilimanjaro dwarfs all in its path. The pinnacle is blanketed in snow crystals and ice formations. Accessible from Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya, this natural wonder is high on the list for hikers from all over the world.

    Into the Clouds of Mount Kilimanjaro

    Into the Clouds of Mount Kilimanjaro

    by Adelia Maghribia5

  • The annual gathering of Appalachian trail hikers, from those who dayhike to those who hike the A.T. from end to end.

    Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia

    Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia

    by Deb Kingsbury25

  • But you said to always hike with a small group didn't you? As solo hikers, we bear the scorn of the outdoor world. Outing clubs view us with disdain and park rangers scowl as we register as a "party of one." However responsible solo backpackers and hikers who manage their risk appropriately can have a safe and enlightening wilderness experience. This article offers encouragement, explanation, and skill sets for a safe solo hiking experience.

    The Art of Solo Backpacking and Hiking

    The Art of Solo Backpacking and Hiking

    by Dan Human54

  • Recommended gear for preparedness on the trail, from a member of a Search & Rescue team, who sees a lot of people who could have avoided (or at least alleviated) problems with proper equipment

    A Well-Equipped Daypack For Hikers

    A Well-Equipped Daypack For Hikers

    by Deb Kingsbury16

  • As a newcomer to hiking, you may be wondering what brands to use, what gear to bring, and how to best prepare for a climb. With this introduction to trekking, you will be ready for your next adventure in no time.

    A Crash Course in Hiking

    A Crash Course in Hiking

    by Adelia Maghribia4

  • A trip report from a hike up to McKenzie and Haystack Mountains in the Adirondacks of Upstate, N.Y. Both mountains are part of the Saranac 6 Challenge.

    Adirondack Hike: McKenzie and Haystack

    Adirondack Hike: McKenzie and Haystack

    by JOC0

  • A summary of our hike to the Dix Mountain Range in the Adirondacks. The Dix Range includes the high peaks of Macomb, South Dix (Carson), East Dix (Grace), Hough, and Dix.

    Adirondack Hike: The Dix Range

    Adirondack Hike: The Dix Range

    by JOC2

  • Signal Hill National Historic Site, in St. John's, has several excellent hiking trails. Rated from easy to difficult, they all offer panoramic views and breathtaking scenery.

    The Hiking Trails of Signal Hill

    The Hiking Trails of Signal Hill

    by Stephen Barnes4

  • Utah is a great place to visit with everything from the "greatest snow on earth" to unique and beautiful geological sites. This list is a convenient starting place for your next adventure.

    140 Places to Go and Things to Do in Utah

    140 Places to Go and Things to Do in Utah

    by Rebecca Young27

  • A summary of the hike of Mt. Arab, Coney Mountain, and Goodman Mountain in the Adirondack Mountain range of New York. The three make up the Tupper Lake Triad.

    Adirondack Hike:  Tupper Lake Triad

    Adirondack Hike: Tupper Lake Triad

    by JOC1

  • If you've been looking for a unique place to hike around Los Angeles, the Devil's Punchbowl may be it. This canyon is filled with interesting formations carved out by earthquakes and water erosion.

    Hiking the Devil's Punchbowl in Los Angeles County

    Hiking the Devil's Punchbowl in Los Angeles County

    by watergeek17

  • Mount Sinai Egypt, also known by some as Moses Mountain, is an awe-inspiring place, rich in history and religious significance. Read on to experience my climb up this majestic mountain.

    My Climb Up Mount Sinai, Egypt

    My Climb Up Mount Sinai, Egypt

    by Kawai7

  • Deciding what to put in your backpack for your first hitchhiking trip can be a hassle. You are worried about forgetting the important stuff and packing useless junk. This list is the perfect guide for beginners eager to embark on their first journey!

    What to Pack on Your First Hitchhiking Trip: A Beginner's Guide

    What to Pack on Your First Hitchhiking Trip: A Beginner's Guide

    by Janisa5

  • Ever have a pair of boots that leaked, blew out a seam, or fell apart after only a few months of use? Read more to see if the defective boots can be replaced per their warranty service.

    How to Use a Warranty to Replace Your Boots

    How to Use a Warranty to Replace Your Boots

    by Dan Human12

  • Geocaching (GEE-oh-cash-ing) is a great outdoors recreational activity that's similar to a scavenger hunt. There is a hidden object, and you're given clues and GPS (global positioning) coordinates to help you find it. It's incredibly fun, and...

    How to Geocache: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

    How to Geocache: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

    by Jason Menayan22

  • A summary of our hike up Mount Colden in the Adirondack Mountains. This hike was our fourth high peak of the forty-six that qualify.

    Adirondack Hike:  Mount Colden

    Adirondack Hike: Mount Colden

    by JOC4

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