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.
Learn how to make a blackthorn walking stick: how to choose, cut and cure wood from the Prunus spinosa bush.
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 the best backpacking stove for your next wilderness adventure? This article covers the advantages and disadvantages of the most popular types of camping stoves.
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.
One day I shocked my husband by suggesting we walk to town. This turned out to be one of the most picturesque walks of our 46-year marriage, and one you might want to take yourself some time.
Kanab is situated in southern Utah, just north of the Arizona state line. This high desert town is nestled next to some beautiful red rock cliffs, which can easily be explored on foot.
Stolvizza offers beautiful natural paths in the Italian Alps, great for hiking and mountain biking. The views are stunning and the paths are full of historic sites including WWII trenches and old limestone artifacts.
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.
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.
A trip report from our hike up Phelps Mountain in the Adirondack Park of Upstate, N.Y. Phelps is the thirty-second highest peak of the Adirondack forty-six high peaks with an elevation of 4,160 feet.
In 1938 the second woman to climb Mont Blanc claimed to be the first, dismissing on a number of accounts her predecessor, a maid servant who'd summitted 30 yrs earlier. What is the story behind the two ascents and who rightly deserves the title?
This is my journal from my 6-day end-to-end hike of the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Trail in southwestern Pennsylvania, years ago.
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.
With a state as varied as Ohio, the real challenge is deciding on which section you want to explore.
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.
From local day hikes to extended backpacking trips, everyone should carry the Ten Essentials while outdoors.
How to climb Mount Toubkal, Morocco, without using a local guide service, including route details, required equipment, and important local specifics.
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!
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!
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.
A selection of adventurous day hiking trips around North Alabama including Monte Sano, the Land Trust, and the Walls of Jericho.
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 article offers a practical guide giving you useful tips and information for tackling Norway's 3 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.
The most easy-access, breath-taking vantage points in the Wasatch Mountains to view the fall foliage.
45 minutes northwest of Chicago, Volo Bog is the state's only quaking bog with an open water center.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Explore Northeastern Ohio in the fall! An overview of the best spots to hike, drive, and experience the colorful fall season. Tips on which trails to hike and where to find the best views.
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.
How to craft handles for your walking sticks or canes. Handles can be made from horn, antler, alabaster or natural woods.
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.
Mount St. Helens is a beautiful and challenging hike. Here are 5 things you should know before you plan your trip.
How to navigate with a map and compass, with an overview of types of maps, compass parts, declination, intersection and resection.
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.
Hike further and faster by adopting lightweight backpacking. These are my top tips for carrying a lighter pack.
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.
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.
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.
For some, hiking is a pastime. Others think of it as more of an adventure and a few just like to stroll. Whatever your objective, there are some things you should know before hiking in Arizona.
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.
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.
The annual gathering of Appalachian trail hikers, from those who dayhike to those who hike the A.T. from end to end.
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.
Hiking is a great way to experience nature and the outdoors. Here are some tips to stay safe and have a great day out.
A review of my newest everyday carry knife, The Victorinox Evolution Grip S17, and all of its tools.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Angels Landing Trail in Zion National Park is one of the most challenging and popular hiking trails in the U.S . Here is some info that might benefit anyone attempting this spectacular climb.
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.
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.
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.
Tips and techniques for using hiking poles, and recommended brands and models, from a hiker who's used them for thousands of miles.
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...
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.
Preparing for your first hike may be confusing. What food to take? How much water? Do you need to exercise beforehand? Click here for a complete checklist.
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.
Want to explore a place with a mysterious past? Try taking a walking tour of Gungywamp in Groton, Connecticut.
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.
How to navigate on land without the use of instruments or anything but a map and some common sense skills.
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.
Perched 1,000 feet above Half Dome, Cloud's Rest's status as the highest peak for miles around in the middle of Yosemite make it the best spot in the park to catch the beautiful Yosemite Sunrises.
Merriam Crater (aka Merriam Mountain) is one of the largest cinder cone hills of the San Francisco Volcanic Field surrounding Mt. Humphrey's. You can hike or drive to the top for incredible views of the San Francisco Peaks and Northern Arizona.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Hiking the Grand Canyon with kids. Absolutely! Follow our adventure on The Bright Angel Trail, a great place for first-time canyon hikers.
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.
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?
This tutorial demonstrates how to easily install topographical maps on a Garmin GPSmap 62 series global positioning system.
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.
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.
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.
Early morning hike in Tucson, Arizona's Saguaro National Park yields sectacular sunrise along with numerous photo opportunities in a lush desert landscape.
Information about long-distance footpaths around the globe, grouped by continent. Have you hiked any of these trails or routes? Want to?
Information, tips, and suggested gear for section-hiking the CT based on our hike from Silverton to Durango, Colorado
A mountain bothy is just a small shelter found in the hills and mountains used to rest the weary heads of walkers and climbers. Here is my very first night in a bothy.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
Crystal clear waters, rugged caves and underwater caverns are just a taste of what Bruce Peninsula National park has to offer.
Spelunking is very different from simply walking through a spacious cavern. My experience involved crawling on hands and knees through underground tunnels, and I describe it in this article.
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.
If you have the opportunity, take a walk through your old neighborhood where you grew up. It can awaken lost feelings and bring back childhood memories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Helpful tips, resources and food and supply lists to ensure your next hiking trip is a memorable and enjoyable experience.
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.
Bryce Canyon NP in southern Utah has a spectacular red rock amphitheater that can easily be explored on foot in less than a day.
A pictorial guide of one of my favorite (long) dayhikes from -- and back to -- the South Rim of Grand Canyon
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.
Learn how to craft walking sticks from natural wood. When and how to cut sticks for your canes and walking sticks, and how to process them.
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.
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.
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.
Information about the Appalachian Mountains and the Appalachian Trail. Photos and videos are included!
As snow recedes and wildflowers bloom, the trail calls to hikers in spring time. Follow these five safety tips for safe hiking in spring.
Shades State Park is one of many parks in Indiana that provide hiking opportunities. Learn about it here.
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!
How do you get your caffeine fix while backpacking? This article explores several methods for making coffee while camping.
Enjoy great hiking and wide open spaces just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. Discover Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
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.
How to use and read a compass; a valuable outdoor skill for fun and survival. An introduction to the device and its basic use.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A first-hand account of hiking to Kjeragbolten including useful information and handy tips to help you plan your own adventure to this popular natural landmark of Norway.
The Petrified Forest National Park is a huge area containing the mineralized and colorful wood, fossils, badlands, petroglyphs and other sites of note. See photos and videos.
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.
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.
The highest peak in Wales attracts a lot of charity fund-raising schemes, and then, there’s the peculiar stuff.
Lady Bird Johnson Grove, near Orick, California, is a great-one stop destination on your family's road trip through the old growth redwood region of northern Califonia, showcasing massive three hundred-foot trees with educational information along the way.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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 Chautauqua Gorge is a beautiful swimming hole with waterfalls, a short distance from the world-famous Chautauqua Institute.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
Starved Rock State Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Illinois. The park is a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors.
Are you looking to buy new hiking or backpacking boots? A footwear manager and backpacker guides you through the boot buying decision making process.
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.
An experienced backpacker shares his winter backpacking list of all the gear you need for cold-weather camping.
Hiking and backpacking are safer and more fun when you can find your way. A GPS for hiking is an important tool. Find out more about what you need in an outdoor GPS device and how to use it.
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.
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...
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 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.
Colorado is home to some of the best rock climbing in the world. Check out my top ten sport climbing destinations in the state.
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.
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.
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.
A well made knife can be a great hiking companion. Outbound Dan reviews several knives from multi-tools to neck knives for backpacking.
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.
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...
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.
Payne's Prairie in Alachua County, Florida, will offer a walk to remember for many years: up close and personal with gators and sometimes bison....breathtaking journey.
Technical rescue training with Search & Rescue: mechanical advantage, pulley systems, and packaging the patient for a raise.
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!