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  • 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

  • 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 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

  • A vacation you will never forget is the Muir Woods National Monument in Northern California. With giant redwood trees, luscious green ferns and babbling brooks, hiking is magical. One of the most beautiful places on earth...Muir Woods. Redwood Trees as high as 258 feet and magnificent hiking trails. The man who inspired all this - conservationist, John Muir.

    Magnificent Muir Woods National Monument: Thank You, John Muir

    Magnificent Muir Woods National Monument: Thank You, John Muir

    by Audrey Hunt66

  • 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

  • This is a complete list of things to consider packing (and some things not to pack) for your pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago, as well as a few tips along The Way.

    What to Pack for the Camino de Santiago

    What to Pack for the Camino de Santiago

    by Aibrean8230

  • 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: 2019

    Five Best Running Shoes for Big, Heavy Men: 2019

    by Bikes7

  • 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 Mark Shulkosky20

  • Due to the cancellation of my 30-year class reunion weekend, we made a last-minute decision to turn lemons to lemonade, fill our backpacks, and head out on our first Appalachian Trail section hike! It was an amazing 42-mile weekend!

    Section Backpacking Through Maryland on the Appalachian Trail

    Section Backpacking Through Maryland on the Appalachian Trail

    by Debra Roberts16

  • 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

  • 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 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 Kingsbury490

  • For nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts, the Menalon Trail is one of the best if not the best experience you will ever have in Greece. Unfortunately, there's not a lot of information online and so here is the detailed guide to give you a glimpse of what it's really like...

    Detailed and Honest Guide to the Menalon Trail

    Detailed and Honest Guide to the Menalon Trail

    by Jennifer Gonzales2

  • If you want a clean, well-maintained, quiet place to camp with your tent or RV, Iron Ridge Campground is your place. If you want well-cleared, moderately tough trails to hike/run, the Lakeshore Trail that starts from the campground is the perfect complement to a relaxing, yet adventurous getaway.

    Best Ohio Camping: Iron Ridge at the Beautiful Lake Vesuvius

    Best Ohio Camping: Iron Ridge at the Beautiful Lake Vesuvius

    by Debra Roberts16

  • A trip report from our hike on the Santanoni Range of the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate, N.Y. The range includes Santanoni, Couchsachraga, and Panther Mountains.

    Adirondack Hike: The Santanoni Range

    Adirondack Hike: The Santanoni Range

    by JOC3

  • 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 Human36

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    5 Best Challenging Hikes Within an Hour of San Diego

    5 Best Challenging Hikes Within an Hour of San Diego

    by Allison2

  • It might surprise you to learn that the largest number of hiking-related fatalities are ascribed to the fittest. It might also surprise you to know why.

    What's Killing America's Hikers?

    What's Killing America's Hikers?

    by Vicki Parker15

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    How to Avoid Falls on the Ice

    How to Avoid Falls on the Ice

    by Emilie S Peck4

  • What is a trail register? It is more than a ledger tracking the comings and goings of backcountry users. It is a chronicle of adventure, detailing the impressions of time well spent in nature.

    What Is a Trail Register?

    What Is a Trail Register?

    by Dan Human9

  • A trip report from our day hike to the Great Range in the Adirondacks. The Great Range is made up of many mountains with great views, right in the heart of the Adirondack Park. Our trip included Lower Wolfjaw, Upper Wolfjaw, Armstrong, Gothics, Pyramid, and Sawteeth.

    Adirondack Hike: The Lower Great Range

    Adirondack Hike: The Lower Great Range

    by JOC0

  • 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

  • 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 Mark Shulkosky10

  • In the southwest corner of the Beehive State, Saint George is bordered by the Red Hills Reserve and thus offers some excellent opportunities for enjoyable day hikes.

    A Few Good Hiking Trails in St. George, Utah

    A Few Good Hiking Trails in St. George, Utah

    by Harry Nielsen2

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

    Odd Things About Mount Snowdon

    Odd Things About Mount Snowdon

    by Rupert Taylor2

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    Adirondack Hike: Seymour Mountain

    Adirondack Hike: Seymour Mountain

    by JOC0

  • 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 Elias19

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Hiking in Western North Carolina near Asheville offers majestic views, fun adventures and historical significance. Paint Rock is about 1 hour and 15 minutes from Asheville near Hot Springs, NC.

    Hiking at Paint Rock, NC

    Hiking at Paint Rock, NC

    by Cynthia Calhoun33

  • The best thing you can do to get better at rock climbing is to climb more. A lot of newbies I've introduced to rock climbing often feel they need to build up more strength before they can start rock climbing in earnest, but this is a mistake. If...

    10 Tips on How to Improve Your Rock Climbing Ability

    10 Tips on How to Improve Your Rock Climbing Ability

    by figur817

  • A trip report from the hike on Allen Mountain in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. Allen is the 26th highest Adirondack peak with an elevation of 4,340 feet.

    Adirondack Hike: Allen Mountain

    Adirondack Hike: Allen Mountain

    by JOC0

  • 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

  • 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.

    Adirondack Hike: Marcy, Skylight and Gray

    Adirondack Hike: Marcy, Skylight and Gray

    by JOC0

  • 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 JOC3

  • 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

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