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?
Nestled among the redwoods north of San Francisco, Mill Valley is the home base for two incredible parks for hikers: Mt. Tamalpais State Park and Muir Woods National Monument.
How to climb Mount Toubkal, Morocco, without using a local guide service, including route details, required equipment, and important local specifics.
A 9-mile out-and-back wilderness hike on the Kachina Trail in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness, Coconino National Forest, near Flagstaff.
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.
Pine River Trail to Emerald Lake and Moon Lake in the Weminuche Wilderness is beautiful. It winds through forest, meadows, and fields of wildflowers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Early morning hike in Tucson, Arizona's Saguaro National Park yields sectacular sunrise along with numerous photo opportunities in a lush desert landscape.
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?
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.
Altitude can be an issue when visiting northern New Mexico. This hike easy hike will help you acclimate. It is also a great hike for those on a tight schedule.
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.
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.
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.
This 100-mile-long canal, long since decommissioned, has been reborn as an outdoor recreation heritage site.
From slippery leaves and disease spreading ticks to potentially being mistaken for a deer, hikers must take care when hitting the trails in autumn.
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.
A 24-hour pack for Search and Rescue personnel (and anyone else who wants to be prepared for twenty-four hours in the backcountry).
This is my journal from my 6-day end-to-end hike of the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Trail in southwestern Pennsylvania, years ago.
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.
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.
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.
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 a hike to the summit of St. Regis Mountain on June 15, 2019. St. Regis is part of the Saranac Lake 6'er Hiking Challenge and the mountain resides just to the north of the town of Saranac Lake, N.Y. in the Adirondack Park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A selection of adventurous day hiking trips around North Alabama including Monte Sano, the Land Trust, and the Walls of Jericho.
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.
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 photos from my own hikes in the Grand Canyon and suggested photographic books from this natural wonder of the world.
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.
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.
An easy hike through some fascinating rock formations in Southern Utah's Grande Staircase - Escalante National Monument.
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 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.
Information about the Appalachian Mountains and the Appalachian Trail. Photos and videos are included!
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.
Information about long-distance footpaths around the globe, grouped by continent. Have you hiked any of these trails or routes? Want to?
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.
How to navigate with a map and compass, with an overview of types of maps, compass parts, declination, intersection and resection.
Want to explore a place with a mysterious past? Try taking a walking tour of Gungywamp in Groton, Connecticut.
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.
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.
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
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.
Shades State Park is one of many parks in Indiana that provide hiking opportunities. Learn about it here.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An experienced backpacker shares his winter backpacking list of all the gear you need for cold-weather camping.
Starved Rock State Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Illinois. The park is a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors.
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.
Are you looking to buy new hiking or backpacking boots? A footwear manager and backpacker guides you through the boot buying decision making process.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Chautauqua Gorge is a beautiful swimming hole with waterfalls, a short distance from the world-famous Chautauqua Institute.
New Zealand, with its miles upon miles of well-maintained trails, may offer the best day hikes in the world.
How the device works, and stories of how the technology has been used and misused in the backcountry
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?
Do you know how to recognize an approaching thunderstorm? What to do if you get caught by a thunderstorm in alpine terrain? How to help a victim struck by lightning?
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.
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.
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.
This tutorial demonstrates how to easily install topographical maps on a Garmin GPSmap 62 series global positioning system.
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.
Jackson Falls is just off of the Natchez Trace Parkway which is a drive through beautiful country. Stillhouse Hollow Falls is a 25.5-mile drive from Jackson Falls and is near Mount Pleasant, Tennessee.
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.
Hike further and faster by adopting lightweight backpacking. These are my top tips for carrying a lighter pack.
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.
A review of my newest everyday carry knife, The Victorinox Evolution Grip S17, and all of its tools.
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.
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.
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.
With a state as varied as Ohio, the real challenge is deciding on which section you want to explore.
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.
How do you get your caffeine fix while backpacking? This article explores several methods for making coffee while camping.
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.
Colorado is home to some of the best rock climbing in the world. Check out my top ten sport climbing destinations in the state.
A pictorial guide of one of my favorite (long) dayhikes from -- and back to -- the South Rim of Grand Canyon
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!
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!
How to navigate on land without the use of instruments or anything but a map and some common sense skills.
Tips and techniques for using hiking poles, and recommended brands and models, from a hiker who's used them for thousands of miles.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Technical rescue training with Search & Rescue: mechanical advantage, pulley systems, and packaging the patient for a raise.
Indoor rock climbing holds come in all shapes and sizes. Learning climbing hold names and types is essential to improving your climbing.
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...
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 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.
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.
Hiking the Grand Canyon with kids. Absolutely! Follow our adventure on The Bright Angel Trail, a great place for first-time canyon hikers.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
Pink Beds Loop Trail is a five mile easy trail through the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina. This trail was named by the early settlers due to the abundant blooms of local flowers.
Information, tips, and suggested gear for section-hiking the CT based on our hike from Silverton to Durango, Colorado
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.
A well made knife can be a great hiking companion. Outbound Dan reviews several knives from multi-tools to neck knives for backpacking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crystal clear waters, rugged caves and underwater caverns are just a taste of what Bruce Peninsula National park has to offer.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Learn how to make a blackthorn walking stick: how to choose, cut and cure wood from the Prunus spinosa bush.
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.
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.
Mount St. Helens is a beautiful and challenging hike. Here are 5 things you should know before you plan your trip.
In this 100-mile review, the Keen Marshall hiking boot is thoroughly tested during backpacking and hiking trips.
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.
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.
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 a hike to the summit of Ampersand Mountain on June 15, 2019. Ampersand is part of the Saranac Lake 6'er Hiking Challenge and sits on the west side of the town of Saranac Lake, N.Y. in the Adirondack Park.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Durango, Colorado sits in a picturesque river valley, surrounded by high land, which provides some excellent hiking opportunities for the day hiker.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.