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  • 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.

    Great Hikes: Hop Canyon Tour, Magdalena, NM

    Great Hikes: Hop Canyon Tour, Magdalena, NM

    by Tom Lohr0

  • 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.

    How to Achieve Ultralight Backpacking Status

    How to Achieve Ultralight Backpacking Status

    by Nate2

  • 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

  • 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...

    The Dangers of Climbing Mt Rainier

    The Dangers of Climbing Mt Rainier

    by Jack Salathe5

  • 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

  • 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.

    Easy Hiking Trails Near Taos, New Mexico

    Easy Hiking Trails Near Taos, New Mexico

    by Harry Nielsen4

  • 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.

    11 Activities to Do While Walking

    11 Activities to Do While Walking

    by Blake Flannery5

  • 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 trip report from the hike up to the summit of Looking Glass Rock in the Pisgah National Forest of North Carolina.

    Looking Glass Rock Hike (NC)

    Looking Glass Rock Hike (NC)

    by JOC0

  • 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

    Hiking Mt. Humphreys in Flagstaff, Arizona

    Hiking Mt. Humphreys in Flagstaff, Arizona

    by Deb Kingsbury0

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    Is Steep & Cheap Legit? A Review

    Is Steep & Cheap Legit? A Review

    by Katy Medium0

  • 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

  • A brief look at some of the most beautiful, yet accessible, places in Yosemite National Park.

    Yosemite for Beginners

    Yosemite for Beginners

    by Andrew Lowen0

  • 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.

    Congaree National Park - Hopkins, SC

    Congaree National Park - Hopkins, SC

    by Michelle Dee10

  • 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

  • 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.

    Hiking to an Abandoned Gold Mine

    Hiking to an Abandoned Gold Mine

    by John R Wilsdon4

  • 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.

    Hiking to the Hoodoos in Red Mountain Amphitheater, AZ

    Hiking to the Hoodoos in Red Mountain Amphitheater, AZ

    by Mark Shulkosky16

  • 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

  • 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.

    How to Make a DIY Gear Sling for Climbing

    How to Make a DIY Gear Sling for Climbing

    by Dan Human10

  • 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

  • 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...

    How to Make Natural Curled “Twisty” Walking Sticks

    How to Make Natural Curled “Twisty” Walking Sticks

    by dday4811

  • 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.

    Hiking Minnesota's Kekekabic Trail

    Hiking Minnesota's Kekekabic Trail

    by Deb Kingsbury0

  • 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.

    Adirondack Hike: Colvin and Blake

    Adirondack Hike: Colvin and Blake

    by JOC0

  • 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 Michelle Dee8

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    A Comparison of Footwear for the Serious Walker

    A Comparison of Footwear for the Serious Walker

    by Mr Archer2

  • 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?

    The Ill-Fated 1996 Everest Expedition: 20 Years on

    The Ill-Fated 1996 Everest Expedition: 20 Years on

    by Sue Minot0

  • 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

  • Mount Misery is a climb with a beautiful view on top. Ready for a challenge—but not too big a challenge? Climb Mount Misery.

    We Climbed Mount Misery

    We Climbed Mount Misery

    by Ellen Gregory15

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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 Shulkosky18

  • 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.

    Fallkniven Workhorse PXL WH

    Fallkniven Workhorse PXL WH

    by Chris0

  • 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.

    Red River Gorge: Hanson's Point in Autumn

    Red River Gorge: Hanson's Point in Autumn

    by Ron Grimes0

  • 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.

    Moses Cone Hiking Trails, Blowing Rock, NC

    Moses Cone Hiking Trails, Blowing Rock, NC

    by Michelle Dee3

  • 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

  • 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.

    Hiking Underground in a Lava Tube

    Hiking Underground in a Lava Tube

    by Mark Shulkosky15

  • 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!

    Appalachian Trail Backpacking Section Hike: Maryland

    Appalachian Trail Backpacking Section Hike: Maryland

    by Debra Roberts16

  • 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.

    Hiking the Devil's Punchbowl in Los Angeles County

    Hiking the Devil's Punchbowl in Los Angeles County

    by Susette Horspool17

  • 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

  • As snow recedes and wildflowers bloom, the trail calls to hikers in spring time. Follow these five safety tips for safe hiking in spring.

    Five Safety Tips for Spring Hiking

    Five Safety Tips for Spring Hiking

    by Dan Human2

  • 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 JOC1

  • 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 Great Range

    Adirondack Hike: The Great Range

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    Zion Canyon Best Hikes

    Zion Canyon Best Hikes

    by Harry Nielsen2

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    Pulpit Rock Hike Guide

    Pulpit Rock Hike Guide

    by Matt Doran0

  • 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.

    How to Get Safe Water When Hiking

    How to Get Safe Water When Hiking

    by Ruth Coffee6

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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!

    Rock climbing exercises for training at home

    Rock climbing exercises for training at home

    by John Himics4

  • New Zealand, with its miles upon miles of well-maintained trails, may offer the best day hikes in the world.

    Day Hikes in New Zealand

    Day Hikes in New Zealand

    by Tom rubenoff1

  • 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

  • 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.

    The Virgin's Guide to Climbing at Joshua Tree

    The Virgin's Guide to Climbing at Joshua Tree

    by Terrie Marcoe51

  • 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.

    The Dolly Sods Wilderness Experience

    The Dolly Sods Wilderness Experience

    by John Dove0

  • 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

  • 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.

    Hiking Cliff and Colden Mountains in the Adirondack High Peaks

    Hiking Cliff and Colden Mountains in the Adirondack High Peaks

    by Dan Human11

  • 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.

    Kailua Lanikai Pillbox Hike on Oahu, Hawaii

    Kailua Lanikai Pillbox Hike on Oahu, Hawaii

    by Natasha15

  • 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 Human35

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Early morning hike in Tucson, Arizona's Saguaro National Park yields sectacular sunrise along with numerous photo opportunities in a lush desert landscape.

    Sunrise Hike in Saguaro National Park

    Sunrise Hike in Saguaro National Park

    by Chuck Nugent9

  • 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.

    Camping in Ohio: Lake Vesuvius Pedro, Ohio

    Camping in Ohio: Lake Vesuvius Pedro, Ohio

    by Debra Roberts2

  • 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.

    My Trek to Everest Base Camp

    My Trek to Everest Base Camp

    by itsmonkeyboy63

  • 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

  • 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.

    Hiking Scottish Highlands Trails

    Hiking Scottish Highlands Trails

    by Shepards2

  • 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 Kingsbury484

  • 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...

    Do I Need a Guide to Climb Mt. Rainier?

    Do I Need a Guide to Climb Mt. Rainier?

    by Jack Salathe2

  • 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

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