Climbing & Hiking

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Adirondack Hike: Scarface Mountain

A detailed trip report from an October 9, 2020 hike to the summit of Scarface Mountain in the Adirondack Park in New York.

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A Beginner's Guide to Rock Climbing

An introduction for those looking to gain information on starting the sport of rock climbing.

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Adirondack Hike: Big Slide

A trip report from a hike to Big Slide Mountain in the Adirondack Park on May 29, 2020. Big Slide is a 7.8 mile out-and-back hike that took a little over seven hours to complete.

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A Photographic Tour of Mt. LeConte in the Great Smoky Mountains

I have made the trek up Mt. LeConte every year for the last six years. This is an interpretive photographic journal of some of the most recent hikes and should not be construed as a trail map.

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Adirondack Hike: Cascade and Porter

A trip report from a July 2020 hike up to Cascade and Porter Mountains in the Adirondack Park. This is a 6.2 mile in-and-out hike. Cascade is the 36th-highest peak in the Adirondacks at 4,098 feet while Porter is the 38th-highest at 4,059 feet.

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Searching for the Elusive Salmon on Vale Trail 6 - Walking in the Vale of Glamorgan

A calming 'figure of eight' walk that includes a glacial valley, wooded ravine and quiet countryside. Vale Trail 6 in the Vale of Glamorgan, south Wales, gives you the opportunity to explore an iron age fort, the ancient history of Dinas Powys and perhaps even the occasional leaping salmon...

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Trekking Across Vale Trail 2 (Part A) - Walking in the Vale of Glamorgan

A beautiful coastline, ancient woodlands and over 2,000 years of history can all be discovered on this fascinating 4.5mile trail in Vale of Glamorgan, the southernmost county of Cymru.

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Walking in the Vale of Glamorgan - Exploring Vale Trail 3

The Vale of Glamorgan in South Wales is an idyllic, historic county and a fantastic place to walk. A mixture of tourist hotspots, quiet countryside and a beautiful 60km coastline, there is much to explore in this fascinating part of Wales.

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Appalachian Trail - Carvers Gap to Watauga Lake

This was a 48-mile hike along the Appalachian Trail in Tennessee. This section of the trail offers beautiful mountain views, streams, and waterfalls. There are several mountains to climb. I am 66 years old, and this hike from May 31st to June 4th was difficult for me. It was also great fun.

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5 Tips to Help You Plan Your Walk on the Wales Coast Path

At 18, I decided to hike as much of the awe-inspiring 870 miles of the Wales Coast Path in the short time I had at my disposal. After over 500 miles and £1,400 raised for charity, there was much I learned. Here's a guide of things to remember when planning your trip around the Wales Coast Path!

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Hiking to Kruger Rock Near Estes Park, Colorado

Trail information, directions, and photos of the Kruger Rock hike near Estes Park, Colorado.

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Hiking From the Linville Falls Visitor Center

The Linville Gorge area in North Carolina is a rugged wilderness area on the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Grandfather Mountain.

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Hiking at Lory State Park Near Fort Collins, Colorado

Information and photos of Lory State Park in Fort Collins, Colorado. A recreation area located between the Front Range mountains and Horsetooth Reservoir.

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Hiking to Bierstadt Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

Description and photos of the hike to Bierstadt Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

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Ten Tips for Hiking With Toddlers

Take your toddler on the trail and avoid temper tantrums with these hiking tips.

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Caterpillars Everywhere as We Hike Along the San Pedro River

Seeking a way to get out and enjoy the outdoors while maintaining COVID-19 Social Distancing my wife and I drove to the nearby San Pedro River to hike. While hiking we found caterpillars raining down from trees. The result was a great photo opportunity & chance to learn about tent caterpillars.

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Alabama's Best Kept Secret Is Its Highest Point: Cheaha

Cheaha is located in the Talladega National Forest in Clay County, Alabama. While Talladega, Alabama is more well known for its motorcar speedway, the roaring sounds of racing men are seldom heard in this pristine wilderness.

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An Early Morning Hike In Tucson's Catalina State Park to Romero Pools

One of the nice things about the wide open spaces that living in western United States offers is the chance to get out and enjoy the great outdoors while still maintaining the social distance needed to help control the spread of the COCID-19 also known as the Coronavirus. A hike in the mountains is

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A Caving Journey in Photographs

A collection of favorite caving photographs.

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Weekend Trip #10: Three Waterfalls, Rock Climbing, and Four Hiking Trails Within 30 Miles of One Another

If you're looking for a remote weekend chock-full of waterfalls, hiking, and/or climbing, you'll like Weekend Trip #10.

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How to Avoid Falls on the Ice

Winter weather brings with it slick conditions. Falls on the ice can be serious, but they can usually be avoided. If you do find yourself falling, there are ways to avoid hurting yourself seriously.

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Odd Things About Mount Snowdon

The highest peak in Wales attracts a lot of charity fund-raising schemes, and then, there’s the peculiar stuff.

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Hiking in the Red River Gorge Geological Area in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky

On our first day in the Daniel Boone National Forest, we knew we had to see the Red River Gorge and Natural Bridges State Park.

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Vazhamala: An Unexplored Beauty

Vazhamala is a green mountaintop in Kerala where you can hike to a scenic rock and a waterfall.

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Shelby County's Urban Trails: Exercise and Get Back to Nature

Shelby County, Tennessee has an abundance of walking and biking trails just waiting for you. So, why not get out, get some exercise, and enjoy nature at its best.

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Hiking Between White-Washed Villages in the Breathtaking Spanish Mountain Area of Alpujarra

Not far away from the noisy tourist areas there are still bits of the real Spain to be found, including by walking through the mountain villages of Alpujarra.

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Dolly Sods: An Outstanding Backpacking Adventure You'll Love

The 17,371 acres Dolly Sods Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest is a must-do for any hiking or backpacking enthusiast. You'll love the varying terrain and abundant foliage this forest has to offer.

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How To Find Secret And Awesome Hikes While Traveling

Whether you are looking for a short hike, long adventure, bushwhacking hike, or have no idea where to start...here are some tips to finding and planning your perfect hike.

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Red River Gorge: An Amazing Kentucky Backpacking Adventure Featuring "The Cloud Splitter"

Red River Gorge, in east-central Kentucky, boasts spectacular rock features; particularly arches, and can be enjoyed year-round for hiking, camping, and canoeing. We personally enjoy overnight backpacking treks and love climbing to the top of the famous "Cloud Splitter". Keep reading to learn more!

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Adirondack Hike: Haystack, Basin and Saddleback

A full trip report from our hike to Haystack, Basin and Saddleback Mountains in the Adirondack Park of Upstate, N.Y. at the end of July in 2019.

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5 Best Challenging Hikes Within an Hour of San Diego

With a wide variety of hiking opportunities, Southern California is a great place to experience the outdoors. Read on to discover the best, most challenging, and most underappreciated hikes in and around San Diego, CA.

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Adirondack Hike: Marcy, Skylight and Gray

A trip report from our hike to the summits of Mount Marcy, Mount Skylight and Gray Mountain on July 18, 2019. Marcy is the highest mountain in New York while Skylight is fourth and Gray stands at seventh. All three are part of the Adirondack 46 Hiking Challenge.

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Climbing and the Fear of Heights

Fear is a very strong emotion which can be paralyzing and really ruin your day. Many people believe that climbing and fear of heights are not compatible. But, I assure you this is not true. You can be afraid of heights and still be able to enjoy climbing without being a self-destructive masochist.

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Adirondack Hike: Seward, Donaldson and Emmons

A full trip report from our hike to the summits of Seward, Donaldson and Emmons in the Adirondack Park of upper New York on July 3, 2019. The three mountains are part of the Adirondack Forty-Six Hiking Challenge.

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Thru-Hiking the West Fork of Oak Creek

This is a 14-mile, end-to-end hike (and wade and swim and bushwhack) of the West Fork canyon between Flagstaff and Sedona, Arizona, requiring a vehicle shuttle. Allow at least 12 hours to do this as a day-trip.

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Adirondack Hike: Mount Marshall

The trip report from our hike to Mount Marshall on Saturday June 22, 2019 via Avalanche Lake. Marshall is the twenty-fifth highest peak in the Adirondack Park with a height of 4,360 feet.

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Catskill Hike: Slide Mountain

A trip report from my May 31, 2019 hike to the summit of Slide Mountain in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. Slide is the highest peak in the Catskill Park at 4,182 feet.

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Adirondack Hike: St. Regis Mountain

A trip report from a hike to the summit of St. Regis Mountain on June 15, 2019. St. Regis is part of the Saranac Lake 6'er Hiking Challenge and the mountain resides just to the north of the town of Saranac Lake, N.Y. in the Adirondack Park.

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Adirondack Hike: Ampersand Mountain

A trip report from a hike to the summit of Ampersand Mountain on June 15, 2019. Ampersand is part of the Saranac Lake 6'er Hiking Challenge and sits on the west side of the town of Saranac Lake, N.Y. in the Adirondack Park.

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Through the Woods to Amazing Views of Stone Door, Tennessee

My wife and I traveled two hours south of our Middle Tennessee home to visit Stone Door in South Cumberland State Park.

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Catskill Hike: Hunter Mountain

A trip report from my May 31, 2019 hike to the summit of Hunter Mountain in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. Hunter is the second highest peak in the Catskills with an elevation of 4,040 feet.

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Long-Distance Hiking in Mixed Terrain on the Bruce Trail, Ontario

A four-day hike on the Bruce Trail on Ontario's Bruce Peninsula. I went 72 miles in four days. I wanted to see how fast I could go on mixed terrain.

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Adirondack Hike: Seymour Mountain

A trip report from our hike up Seymour Mountain, one of the forty-six high peaks of the Adirondacks in New York. It ranks thirty-fourth on the list with a height of 4,120 feet.

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Great Hikes: Alien Egg Hatchery, Bisti Badlands, New Mexico

Visit one of the strangest rock formations in the western hemisphere. Make the Bisti Badlands a must see during your next trip to New Mexico and have an otherworldly experience.

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Pink Beds Loop Trail

Pink Beds Loop Trail is a five mile easy trail through the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina. This trail was named by the early settlers due to the abundant blooms of local flowers.

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Great Hikes: Canyon Rim Trail, Los Alamos, New Mexico

Altitude can be an issue when visiting northern New Mexico. This hike easy hike will help you acclimate. It is also a great hike for those on a tight schedule.

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5 Things You Should Know Before You Summit Mt St Helens

Mount St. Helens is a beautiful and challenging hike. Here are 5 things you should know before you plan your trip.

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5 Awesome Things You Don't Want to Go Hiking Without

5 things you want to bring with you on a hike that you won't find on a hiking essentials list.

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A Comparison of Footwear for the Serious Walker

For those who walk long distances, footwear is of the utmost importance. Over the past two years I have walked many, many miles and I would like to share what I have learned regarding footwear and mileage vs. cost.

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Kiwi Christmas: A Walk Along the Waikato River, Hamilton, New Zealand

Read about a Christmas that can be 'white' but has nothing to do with snow!