The bounce box, or drift box, provides access to gear and supplies on your backpacking trip without actually having to carry it on your back the entire time.
In what began as a simple solo snowshoeing trip in the Adirondack backcountry, a momentary lack of safety protocol pits a backpacker against potential death. Only a knife can change his fate.
Golden Gate Canyon State Park is just 30 minutes from Denver, and a good place to see fall colors. A thorough review of Beaver Trail, a 2.8-mile loop that winds through golden aspen groves.
If you are up for a strenuous hike in the Cibola National Forest that offers spectacular views and an opportunity to encounter wildlife, this is the hike for you.
So you want to go night hiking? Taking a hike in the darkness is more complicated than just grabbing a flashlight and heading down the trail. Use these trail-tested techniques for a safe night hiking experience.
A well made knife can be a great hiking companion. Outbound Dan reviews several knives from multi-tools to neck knives for backpacking.
Are you interested in learning how to get into ultralight backpacking? This article will help you to adhere to the 10 pound base weight limit by outlining gear options.
Combine the trails of Lost Dutchman State Park to enjoy a tour of Sonoran Desert flora, wildlife and spectacular views of the Superstition Mountains.
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.
With a state as varied as Ohio, the real challenge is deciding on which section you want to explore.
When you go to Baguio City you are already on top of mountains; when you go to Mt. Santo Tomas, you will feel closer to heaven..
Mt. Rainier towers over the Cascade Mountain range of Washington state at 14,410 feet. It is affectionately referred to as 'the mountain' by Washingtonians. It is the most glaciated peak in the lower 48 states. Such a large mountain has obvious...
Join Outbound Dan Human on a short loop hike into the Niagara Falls Gorge from Devil's Hole State Park, down the Whirlpool Stairs and into the gorge past the iconic Giant Rock.
Hocking Hills provides the chance to combine two hobbies: photography and hiking. But, with so many trails to hike, the experience can be a little confusing unless you know where to go.
What is the best backpacking stove for your next wilderness adventure? This article covers the advantages and disadvantages of the most popular types of camping stoves.
Are you looking to buy new hiking or backpacking boots? A footwear manager and backpacker guides you through the boot buying decision making process.
How to use and read a compass; a valuable outdoor skill for fun and survival. An introduction to the device and its basic use.
Taos is a fascinating Northern New Mexico town that features many intriguing activities and events for casual visitors. Included are a brief description of three hiking trails located in the Taos area.
Close to Reno's downtown, the Hunter Creek trail leads to a lush waterfall and countless other natural gems.
Mount St. Helens is a beautiful and challenging hike. Here are 5 things you should know before you plan your trip.
List of ways to have fun and be more productive while walking for exercise. Discusses the benefits of walking and why it makes a perfect exercise for multitasking.
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.
A trip report from the hike up to the summit of Looking Glass Rock in the Pisgah National Forest of North Carolina.
This journal entry is from my first climb up the Humphrey's Trail to the summit of Arizona's highest peak at 12,633 feet. I've done this hike too many times to count since then, in all sorts of conditions. This is not a 9-mile hike to take lightly, given the altitude and potential weather conditions
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
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.
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.
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.
Steep & Cheap is a legit website and business. Here's what you need to know about buying discount outdoor gear on Steep & Cheap. Read my review of discounts, shipping and returns.
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.
Congaree National Park, located southeast of Columbia, SC, is a must-visit place if you are travelling through the area. This is a beautiful, surreal forest.
From Giardia and Crypto to Hepatitis A and E. coli, there are some nasty little critters lurking in your drinking water. Be prepared in an emergency too, by having the skills to purify water.
How do you get your caffeine fix while backpacking? This article explores several methods for making coffee while camping.
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.
Whether a fisherman, hiker, prospector, or any type of outdoors man, you probably are searching for treasure. It may be fish, it may be beautiful vistas, it could be for gold, or just serendipity.
Walking trails can be difficult, but also incredibly rewarding. Use these hiking tips to get to the top of every mountain...even if you aren't in the best physical shape!
This is very different from walking through a spacious cavern. It literally involves crawling on hands and knees through underground tunnels. I once had this experience and I'll describe it. It's called Spelunking.
Located about 25 miles northwest of Flagstaff, Red Mountain Trail takes you into the interior of a cinder cone of an extinct volcano. Off Highway 180 in the Coconino National Forest, this hike is a great side trip when traveling between Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon. Suitable for all ages, this easy to moderate hike should not be missed.
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.
Outbound Dan demonstrates how to easily make an inexpensive do-it-yourself climbing gear sling in about 30 minutes. The perfect sling for climbing, mountaineering, and search and rescue is only a few stitches away.
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.
Xia Boyu made four previous attempts to climb Mount Everest. He succeeded on his fifth attempt at the age of 69. Boyu was a double amputee.
Enjoy great hiking and wide open spaces just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. Discover Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
While in Santa Fe, take a quick and easy hike just south of town and enjoy petroglyph art made centuries ago. Combine a little exercise with your visit to the City Different.
Helpful tips, resources and food and supply lists to ensure your next hiking trip is a memorable and enjoyable experience.
How to Make Natural Curled “Twisty” Walking Sticks What are curled or “twisty” walking sticks? Curled walking sticks are walking/hiking sticks or canes made from saplings or small trees that are naturally curled by wild vines. As small...
This is my journal from my 5-day backpacking (and bushwhacking) trip on northern Minnesota's seldom-used, 41-mile Kekekabic Trail. This was the first part of a longer backpacking trip.
A trip report from our hike to the mountains of Colvin and Blake in the Adirondacks of Upstate, New York. Colvin and Blake are two of the mountains in the Adirondack Forty-Six Challenge, which consists of forty-six mountains above (or just below) 4,000 feet in the Adirondack Park.
This tutorial demonstrates how to easily install topographical maps on a Garmin GPSmap 62 series global positioning system.
Hundreds of people are killed around the world each year after being trampled by cows. Learn a few basic ways to scare off the cows should you ever be faced with a charging herd.
Outbound Dan Human reviews the Verto Jacket from The North Face Summit Series. This lightweight jacket holds up to the rigors of backpacking, hiking, snowshoeing, and paddling adventures.
Learn how to make a blackthorn walking stick: how to choose, cut and cure wood from the Prunus spinosa bush.
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.
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.
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.
Established in 1951, the Fannie Stebbins Memorial Wildlife Refuge provides hikers and bird enthusiasts with a chance to explore over 330 acres of pristine floodplain land along the Connecticut River.
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.
It's 20 years next month since the ill-fated 1996 commercial expeditions to summit Everest resulted in the deaths of eight people, and spawned a series of 'disaster porn' books. What's been learned?
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.
How to tackle Norway's most epic hikes in only 5 days. This article provides you with all you need to plan your hiking trip to Trolltunga, Pulpit Rock and hike to Kjeragbolten in one week.
Mount Misery is a climb with a beautiful view on top. Ready for a challenge—but not too big a challenge? Climb Mount Misery.
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.
Experience the Superstition Mountains up close and personal with this desert hike from the Lost Dutchman State Park to the Basin via the Siphon Draw trail.
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...
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.
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.
A reliable folding knife that is made using Fallkniven's laminate cobalt special steel. Weighing in at 131 g, this knife serves as an all-purpose knife in my pack.
This is day 2 of our backpacking hike to Red River Gorge in Kentucky. October 24th 2018. We traversed the unofficial trail to Hanson's Point. Incredible views.
How to navigate on land without the use of instruments or anything but a map and some common sense skills.
In the search for the perfect Search and Rescue 24-hour pack, Outbound Dan finds the Terra 35 from The North Face a durable and comfortable option.
The Moses H. Cone Memorial Park is an estate honoring the late Moses H. Cone in Blowing Rock, NC. The Carriage Trail is an easy gravel trail with a slight zig-zag incline up to the fire tower.
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.
Lava River Cave is just northwest of Flagstaff, AZ ,off Highway 180 in the Coconino National Forest. You can walk underground almost one mile in this lava tube that is 650,000 to 700,000 years old.
It's not often that we have a long weekend open. Due to the cancellation of my 30-year class reunion that 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!
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. It's one of my favorite places to hike.
Dale Sanders accomplished at the age of 82 what people much younger fail to do every year. He hiked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail.
A review of my newest everyday carry knife, The Victorinox Evolution Grip S17, and all of its tools.
Hiking in the San Francisco Bay Area is amazing. Water flows along many of the area’s trails. Trees grow tall and lush. Views include the gorgeous San Francisco skyline and the Pacific Ocean.
Conveniently located a short uphill distance from downtown Ketchikan, Deer Mountain is one of the best “day hike” hiking trails in Southeast Alaska. A favorite among visitors and locals alike.
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.
Want to explore a place with a mysterious past? Try taking a walking tour of Gungywamp in Groton, Connecticut.
As snow recedes and wildflowers bloom, the trail calls to hikers in spring time. Follow these five safety tips for safe hiking in spring.
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.
How to navigate with a map and compass, with an overview of types of maps, compass parts, declination, intersection and resection.
This is my journal from my 6-day end-to-end hike of the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Trail in southwestern Pennsylvania, years ago.
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.
Durango, Colorado sits in a picturesque river valley, surrounded by high land, which provides some excellent hiking opportunities for the day hiker.
From local day hikes to extended backpacking trips, everyone should carry the Ten Essentials while outdoors.
The annual gathering of Appalachian trail hikers, from those who dayhike to those who hike the A.T. from end to end.
Begining at the Railway Coastal Museum in Downtown St. John's, NL, the Trans Canada Trail stretches more than 20,000km across Canada. From Mile Zero to Bowring Park covers the first 4km.
How to climb Mount Toubkal, Morocco, without using a local guide service, including route details, required equipment, and important local specifics.
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.
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!
Zion Canyon in Zion NP is an inspirational natural wonder that offers the hiker many excellent choices. Hiking trails vary from easy to difficult and provide visitors with many outstanding views.
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.
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.
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.
A first-hand account of hiking to Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) including useful information and handy tips to help you plan your own adventure to this popular natural landmark of Norway.
Newfoundland is a hiker's paradise with more than 200 hiking and walking trails of varying degrees of difficulty, covering thousands of kilometers of this beautiful island.
For those who are active, having access to clean fresh water while you are out is a matter of your health and safety. A good water filtration bottle is a simple answer. Learn more about them here.
Take a virtual tour of this geological, scenic gem, along with information, safety tips, and directions for making the trip yourself to this remote location.
If you get a change, take a walk through the neighborhood where you grew up. I discuss here how it can awaken lost feelings from childhood and bring back memories.
Starved Rock State Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Illinois. The park is a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors.
Crystal clear waters, rugged caves and underwater caverns are just a taste of what Bruce Peninsula National park has to offer.
Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the UK. How to get there and climb to the summit. Includes a Ben Nevis map and practical tips.
A pictorial guide of one of my favorite (long) dayhikes from -- and back to -- the South Rim of Grand Canyon
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.
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.
Information, tips, and suggested gear for section-hiking the CT based on our hike from Silverton to Durango, Colorado
Are you heading up to the Adirondack High Peaks to climb the popular Cascade and Porter mountains? Join Outbound Dan Human in his recent climb up the new Snow Princess Cascade slide.
The pros and cons of the double bowline and the figure eight, two common ways that rock climbers tie in. Little research that has been done on knots in relation to rock climbing.
An easy hike through some fascinating rock formations in Southern Utah's Grande Staircase - Escalante National Monument.
Take a hike to the Eternal Flame Falls and see the wonder of a waterfall passing over a natural gas flame. Follow this trail map to find this treasure at Chestnut Ridge Park in New York.
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.
The best training for Rock Climbing is climbing, but we can't always be on the warm. Here are training exercises you can do at home to better a better rock climber!
New Zealand, with its miles upon miles of well-maintained trails, may offer the best day hikes in the world.
Hike further and faster by adopting lightweight backpacking. These are my top tips for carrying a lighter pack.
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...
If you are looking for an easy hike to enjoy the splendor of the Grand Canyon while avoiding most of the tourists, this hike is for you.
Whether you are coming to Joshua Tree to rock climb, hike, birdwatch, plant-gaze, or work (it's a great photographer's location), a little bit of info can make the trip more pleasurable.
Issaquah and Sammamish, Washington are very dog friendly places. Read this article to get great ideas of things to do with your dog in these two cities east of Seattle.
Adventure to one of Southern Utah's most untouched hideouts: Coyote Gulch, the hidden gem of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. I'll explain the fastest way to get there and what you must see.
Over three days, I backpacked over Sawteeth, Gothics, Saddleback, Basin, Gray, and Dix Mountains. I had a slight fall, a bad weather bivy, an unplanned ceremony, and a meeting with a bear.
Things to think about before venturing into the backcountry, brought to you by a Search and Rescue volunteer who sees a lot of people who made one or more of these mistakes.
If you have ever longed for a hike into a mysterious, wind-swept landscape with lots of unusual land forms, marvelous views, and lots of solitude, Dolly Sods is the place for you.
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?
Walnut Canyon was inhabited over 800 years ago by the Sinagua people. This 20-mile-long, 400-foot-deep canyon, 1/4 of a mile wide, was their home for over 100 years.
Join Outbound Dan for a winter backpacking trip into the Adirondack High Peaks. Dan hikes up Cliff and Colden mountains and takes in the beauty of Avalanche Lake. Though a spell of unseasonably warm January weather makes for interesting challenges, it is those obstacles that make cold weather hiking so rewarding.
Pelican Island NWR was established in 1903 as the very first protected area of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Over 100 years later there are over 560 Wildlife Refuge areas for visitors to enjoy.
Situated near Clochan, in Kerry, Ireland, the Lough Adoon valley at Ballyhoneen contains rock art, wedge tombs, ancient settlements, & monuments from the Bronze Age to Early Christian times.
A 9-mile out-and-back wilderness hike on the Kachina Trail in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness, Coconino National Forest, near Flagstaff.
Colorado is home to some of the best rock climbing in the world. Check out my top ten sport climbing destinations in the state.
Western Washington is filled with lush beautiful scenery. Whether you're new to the area, just breaking into the hiking scene, or a veteran hiker, this list of hikes won't disappoint.
Information about the Appalachian Mountains and the Appalachian Trail. Photos and videos are included!
If you're looking for a reasonably short hike with a great view in Oahu, take a trip to the Lanikai pillboxes. A steep, but short, hike brings you to two creatively-decorated pillboxes and great views of the windward coast.
Should you go for a smaller pack with less capacity or step up and get more volume with the next larger model? That's usually the dilemma when deciding among packs.
Peppersauce Cave in southern Arizona is relatively well known but not a tourist attraction. It's in a wilderness area on the north side of Mt. Lemon in the Santa Catalina mountains north of Tucson.
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.
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.
Pine River Trail to Emerald Lake and Moon Lake in the Weminuche Wilderness is beautiful. It winds through forest, meadows, and fields of wildflowers.
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.
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.
Early morning hike in Tucson, Arizona's Saguaro National Park yields sectacular sunrise along with numerous photo opportunities in a lush desert landscape.
The terms open grip and closed grip are often used when discussing rock climbing. Learn the differences and when each type of grip is used.
Pitons represent rock climbing history and the long standing clash between climbing equipment and environmental impacts. Learn about this type of climbing protection and how to use them safely.
A selection of adventurous day hiking trips around North Alabama including Monte Sano, the Land Trust, and the Walls of Jericho.
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 compliment to a relaxing, yet adventurous getaway.
Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world. Many explorers have made it to the top, but this is my account of reaching Everest Base Camp in Nepal at 5,364m above sea level.
Information about long-distance footpaths around the globe, grouped by continent. Have you hiked any of these trails or routes? Want to?
An experienced backpacker shares his winter backpacking list of all the gear you need for cold-weather camping.
So you are adventurous and want a little more activity during your holidays? Hiking in the Scottish Highlands could be just what you're looking for.
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.
Looking for a great hike near Santa Fe, NM? This trail places you on top of one of the area's most prominent peaks, providing a great view and a awesome hike close to town.
Mt. Rainier towers over the Cascade Mountain range of Washington state at 14,410 feet. It is affectionately referred to as 'the mountain' by Washingtonians. Over 10,000 people attempt to climb it each year and well over half of those people do not...
Tips and techniques for using hiking poles, and recommended brands and models, from a hiker who's used them for thousands of miles.
Looking for a jacket to push to the limits of outdoor adventure? Check out this review of the Victorio jacket from Mountain Hardwear. In this review, I test the durability, breathability, and waterproofness of this new Dry.Q Elite jacket.
The Chautauqua Gorge is a beautiful swimming hole with waterfalls, a short distance from the world-famous Chautauqua Institute.
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.
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...