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  • 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

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

    Magnificent Muir Woods National Monument: Thank You, John Muir

    Magnificent Muir Woods National Monument: Thank You, John Muir

    by Audrey Hunt66

  • 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.

    A Prairie Gal's Walk on Vancouver Island

    A Prairie Gal's Walk on Vancouver Island

    by Cynthia Zirkwitz32

  • 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.

    Hiking Trails in Kanab, Utah

    Hiking Trails in Kanab, Utah

    by Harry Nielsen0

  • 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

  • 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.

    Adirondack Hike: Phelps Mountain

    Adirondack Hike: Phelps Mountain

    by JOC0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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!

    What to Pack on Your First Hitchhiking Trip: A Beginner's Guide

    What to Pack on Your First Hitchhiking Trip: A Beginner's Guide

    by Janisa5

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

    Section Backpacking Through Maryland on the Appalachian Trail

    Section Backpacking Through Maryland on the Appalachian Trail

    by Debra Roberts16

  • A 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.

    Catskill Hike: Hunter Mountain

    Catskill Hike: Hunter Mountain

    by JOC0

  • 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'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

  • 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

  • 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.

    Catskill Hike: Slide Mountain

    Catskill Hike: Slide Mountain

    by JOC0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    Arizona Hiking Safety Tips

    Arizona Hiking Safety Tips

    by Lorelei Nettles1

  • Outbound Dan Human recounts his more than two thousand-mile backpacking trip along the Appalachian Trail. Memories of the southbound thru hike are shared through a collection of pictures.

    An Appalachian Trail Thru Hike in Pictures

    An Appalachian Trail Thru Hike in Pictures

    by Dan Human36

  • The annual gathering of Appalachian trail hikers, from those who dayhike to those who hike the A.T. from end to end.

    Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia

    Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia

    by Deb Kingsbury25

  • In this article, I review the Keen Gypsum hiking boot. This tough new waterproof hiker conquers the trails while cushioning your feet. From backpacking to rugged hiking, I field tested the Gypsum for several months before writing this review.

    Review of the Keen Gypsum Hiking Boot

    Review of the Keen Gypsum Hiking Boot

    by Dan Human9

  • A 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.

    Adirondack Hike: McKenzie and Haystack

    Adirondack Hike: McKenzie and Haystack

    by JOC0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    All About Angels Landing Hiking Trail

    All About Angels Landing Hiking Trail

    by Harry Nielsen0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Even though hiking is a rewarding activity, it has its potential risks too. A slippery rock can turn a simple day hike into a complex rescue mission. Outbound Dan offers 10 tips to hikers on how to stay safe in the outdoors.

    Ten Tips for Safe Hiking: How to Prepare for a Day Hike

    Ten Tips for Safe Hiking: How to Prepare for a Day Hike

    by Dan Human20

  • 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.

    Night Hike for a Cloud's Rest Sunrise Above Half Dome

    Night Hike for a Cloud's Rest Sunrise Above Half Dome

    by Mitch MacDonald1

  • 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.

    Hiking up Merriam Crater in Northern Arizona

    Hiking up Merriam Crater in Northern Arizona

    by Deb Kingsbury0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • A trip report from our hike up Seymour Mountain, one of the forty-six high peaks of the Adirondacks in New York. It ranks thirty-fourth on the list with a height of 4,120 feet.

    Adirondack Hike: Seymour Mountain

    Adirondack Hike: Seymour Mountain

    by JOC0

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

    Adirondack Hike: The Lower Great Range

    Adirondack Hike: The Lower Great Range

    by JOC0

  • A 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.

    Adirondack Hike: Seward, Donaldson and Emmons

    Adirondack Hike: Seward, Donaldson and Emmons

    by JOC0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    Spending a Night in a Bothy

    Spending a Night in a Bothy

    by Nicholas Taylor0

  • 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 Sam Shepards2

  • 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

  • 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

  • As a Search & Rescue volunteer myself since 2007, I've put together this page to give you an idea of what "SAR" is all about and how you can get involved with a team in your area.

    Becoming a Search and Rescue Volunteer

    Becoming a Search and Rescue Volunteer

    by Deb Kingsbury490

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Bryce Canyon NP in southern Utah has a spectacular red rock amphitheater that can easily be explored on foot in less than a day.

    Bryce Canyon National Park in a Day

    Bryce Canyon National Park in a Day

    by Harry Nielsen0

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

    Adirondack Hike: The Santanoni Range

    Adirondack Hike: The Santanoni Range

    by JOC3

  • 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

  • Shades State Park is one of many parks in Indiana that provide hiking opportunities. Learn about it here.

    Shades State Park in Indiana

    Shades State Park in Indiana

    by Ruth Coffee12

  • 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

  • A trip report from our day trip to Cliff and Redfield Mountains in the Adirondack Park of Upstate, N.Y. In the Adirondack 46 High Peaks, Cliff is the 44th highest peak at 3,960 feet and Redfield is 15th at 4,606 feet.

    Adirondack Hike: Cliff and Redfield

    Adirondack Hike: Cliff and Redfield

    by JOC0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    A Guide to Hiking Kjeragbolten in Norway

    A Guide to Hiking Kjeragbolten in Norway

    by Matt Doran0

  • Bright Angel Trail, a corridor trail, is one of the most popular trails at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Despite Backpacker Magazine declaring it one of America's Most Dangerous Hikes, with water sources, some shade, rest areas, and a park ranger presence, it is the safest trail at the Grand Canyon. It is a frequent route to or from Phantom Ranch. We hiked to 3 Mile Resthouse and back to the South Rim; a 6 mile, 2110 foot adventure.

    Day Hiking Bright Angel Trail, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park

    Day Hiking Bright Angel Trail, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park

    by Mark Shulkosky20

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

    Odd Things About Mount Snowdon

    Odd Things About Mount Snowdon

    by Rupert Taylor2

  • 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.

    California Road Trip: Lady Bird Johnson Grove, Redwood National Park

    California Road Trip: Lady Bird Johnson Grove, Redwood National Park

    by Carolyn Augustine3

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Flannery9

  • 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

  • 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.

    Adirondack Hike: Mount Marshall

    Adirondack Hike: Mount Marshall

    by JOC0

  • 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.

    Stay Safe With a GPS for Hiking

    Stay Safe With a GPS for Hiking

    by Christine Mulberry7

  • A trip report from our hike to the summits of Mount Marcy, Mount Skylight and Gray Mountain on July 18, 2019. Marcy is the highest mountain in New York while Skylight is fourth and Gray stands at seventh. All three are part of the Adirondack 46 Hiking Challenge.

    Adirondack Hike: Marcy, Skylight and Gray

    Adirondack Hike: Marcy, Skylight and Gray

    by JOC0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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!

    Top 5 Hiking Trails in San Marcos, Texas

    Top 5 Hiking Trails in San Marcos, Texas

    by Billy W Mitchell1

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