How to walk Tasmania’s Three Capes Track

When the Three Capes Track opened two days before Christmas 2015, it immediately set a new benchmark for Australian bushwalks, creating a hike that’s both heady and hedonistic, combining the raw beauty of the southern hemisphere’s highest sea cliffs with comforts and interpretation unsurpassed by any other trail in the country. Has the Overland Track,...

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Final conservation easement on treasured land atop Bearwallow Mountain

Standing here more than 2,200 feet above the valley and twice that distance above sea level, it feels like you could reach out and touch the toy-like houses scattered over the orchards miles below. In one of those homes, Nancy Lyda may be gazing up this way, enjoying the view of the mountaintop she and her family have worked to protect for all time. Nancy’s mother, Pearl...

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Eastern Shore National Recreation Trail, Alabama

Ever since 1995 a nonprofit grass-roots group calling themselves the Baldwin County Trailblazers has engaged in a relentless campaign to develop a continuous multi-purpose trail that follows the eastern shore of Mobile Bay in Baldwin County, Alabama. Their initial challenge was to create the public appetite for sidewalks in small communities that had “gotten along...

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Idaho Trails Association Seeking New Members

The Idaho Trails Association is conducting its annual membership drive. The ITA is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2010 to promote the continued enjoyment of Idaho’s hiking trails. The ITA accomplishes this mission by conducting field projects to maintain or construct non-motorized trails and by teaching trail maintenance skills to volunteer workers. The...

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Find Your Public Lands Adventure

Are you craving some fun in the sun, a thrilling outdoor experience or a chance to witness an incredible natural phenomenon? America’s public lands offer endless opportunities for fun and adventure. Whether you’re an experienced rafter or a novice, the Grand Canyon in Arizona is the perfect place for individual or group rafting trips. Rafting the Colorado River provides...

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Appalachian Trail 101: The Complete Guide For Beginners

So you’ve decided to explore the Appalachian Trail, and you’re struggling to find up-to-date information regarding the trail. Covering everything from general information and how to plan your hike to the best resources and most important regulations, this ultimate handbook about hiking the Appalachian Trail will make it easy for you to find the answers to all your...

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Walk in the footsteps of Hawkeye and Trapper John on ‘MASH’ hike in Calabasas

You can almost hear the “MASH” choppers coming over the ridge at Malibu Creek State Park, which features hiking trails to the show’s outdoor site, shady canyons and plentiful creeks and ponds. Malibu Creek State Park, in the Calabasas area north of Los Angeles, offers a vast selection of hiking options, including some that touch TV history and some ranch buildings once...

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Striking, Easily Assembled Cabins Will Become Symbols for Shelter and Safety Along Remote Icelandic Trekking Paths

Stockholm-based architecture firm Utopia Arkitekter has designed Skýli, bright blue cabins that are popping up in one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes. The idea came from a desire to develop a structure which could be easily placed along some of the most famous trekking trails in Iceland. Not only are the lodges striking and beautiful, they can be easily...

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Thru-Hiking for Type-A Personalities

  It has become well accepted scientific fact that hiking can be therapeutic for people. Getting out in nature and getting the blood flowing does wonders for the body, mind, and heart. But thru-hiking—that is, backpacking a long trail like the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail from start to finish—can sometimes seem daunting, something only for the...

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Hong Kong’s Best Kept Secrets Revealed

Hong Kong Tourism Board’s (HKTB) newly-launched Great Outdoors campaign and its corresponding Your Guide to Hiking & Cycling in Hong Kong will educate visitors about the wealth of outdoor experiences available. By taking readers into a diverse range of nature trails, all located less than two miles outside of the city, the brand-new guide simplifies the...

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The New England National Scenic Trail

The New England National Scenic Trail (NET) is a 215-mile hiking trail route that has been in existence for over half a century. The NET travels through 41 communities in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and is comprised primarily of the historic Mattabesett, Metacomet, and Monadnock (M-M-M) Trail systems. The NET was designated on March 30, 2009 as part of Public Law...

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Meet the man hiking the entire Western Hemisphere

Though the longest possible land journey across the Americas has never before been completed in a single go, Holly Harrison is on the road to making history — he has 15,000 miles under his belt and is feeling just fine. Stepping back onto American soil on Nov. 3 after setting out in Ushuaia, Argentina on Dec. 17, 2016, the 57-year-old North Carolinian credits good...

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Appalachian Trail Tips for Thru Hikers

According to some estimates as many as 75% of hikers quit the trail. Will you be one of the 25% that successfully completes that hike? It is not an easy trail. Firstly, you should register your hike with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. It is not compulsory, however, all hikers should register. Permits to hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park cost $20 and can...

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Happy isolation: hiking the ridges of the Larapinta Trail

Located just outside Alice Springs, the 231km Larapinta Trail traverses the West MacDonnell Ranges national park, the traditional homelands of the Central Arrernte, Western Arrernte and Luritja peoples. The trail has been in its present form since 2002 and is one of Australia’s premier long-distance walking tracks, alongside Western Australia’s Bibbulmun track and...

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The Top 52 Hiker Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

1. BURYING YOUR RESERVOIR Few flubs are more irritating than a leaky water bladder that soaks your pack on the drive to the trailhead. It happens when the pressure of other gear against the bite valve pops it open. So place the reservoir atop everything else en route to ensure it doesn’t get squashed. If your plastic bladder has a leaky seam or small puncture, you can...

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How To Be A More Responsible Hiker

Setting off into the wilderness on foot is a fantastic way to discover the natural beauty of the place you’re visiting. Hiking may seem like a very eco-friendly choice, and often is; but the irresponsible practices of hikers can have lasting damaging effects on the environment and local communities around you – the very surroundings that you’re there to enjoy. The...

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Has fashion trumped utility on the trail?

Net nuzhdy — “There is no need.” That’s what two former Russian soldiers said when asked if they needed to borrow socks to wear with their old boots instead of the rags wrapped around their feet. Some 20 years ago they were wandering the high country of Washington’s North Central Cascades. At their camp, they were using an ancient alcohol stove for heat, and instead of...

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Vets cross paths while hiking cross country

While one veteran begins his hike across America, another group is about to finish one — all in support of their fellow veterans. Navy veteran Shane Moore, 45, started a hike from Jacksonville Beach, Florida a few weeks ago and passed through Youngstown and Panama City this week while on his way to San Diego, where he hopes to finish in late March. Moore is traveling...

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Hiking is now the most popular adventure activity for travelers

  A new study on adventure tourism has revealed that hiking has become the number one most enjoyed activity for active travelers, overtaking a range of other popular pastimes such as kayaking, scuba diving and horse-riding. Conducted between 2015 and 2016 by the Adventure Travel Trade Association, the report states that adventure tourism is one of the fastest...

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“I Think of the Mountain”: History of Hiking in South Korea

The CIA World Factbook describes South Korea as “mostly hills and mountains.” 64 percent of the country’s land is forest, according to a 2014 report by Korea Forest Service. Given this geography, hiking naturally is a popular pastime in South Korea. Or is it so natural to assume so? The history of hiking — in its modern form as a popular leisure activity — is actually...

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A Hidden Irish Paradise of Vertigo-Inducing Fun

By European standards, Ireland’s County Donegal, tucked into the country’s far northwest corner, may as well be Mars. But for adventure travelers, it’s a hidden frontier packed with wind-bitten landscapes to hike or mountain-bike, rowdy coastline to surf, and 500-foot sea stacks to climb. That is, if you’re brave enough. The county is nearly 1,900 square miles but has...

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How an adventurer intends to walk 7,500 miles with a camel named Kingston

Global adventurer Karl Bushby is preparing for his 7,500-mile walk – on a camel named Kingston after his home city. The former paratrooper, who is hoping to become the first person to walk an unbroken path around the world, is joining six other hardened trekkers for the next leg of his journey. Called ‘Steppes To The West’, the journey will take the...

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Continental Divide Trail, from New Mexico to Montana, will challenge hikers

Bored with your extracurricular activities lately? Now’s the season to hike some outstanding Bureau of Land Management trails. While there are several trails the public can enjoy in the Las Cruces area, there’s one in southern New Mexico that will challenge a hiker’s skills and add some miles to their soles. We’re talking about the Continental Divide National Scenic...

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Something Wild: The Dangers of Hiking the Whites

The wooden bridge at the trail head is the gateway to 45,000 acres of protected land, in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest. As Steve Smith, editor of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s White Mountain Hiking Guide points out, “Many a long journey has started here, and ended here.” We’re not far along our own journey when Smith and Mike Dickerman of Bond Cliff...

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From Andes to Amazon: trekking through the Bolivian jungle

Branches came crashing down and leaves tumbled. Overhead, a howler monkey was putting on a display, standing upright, chest puffed out, pelting me with whatever was at hand. Eventually, realizing that this grinning biped wasn’t going anywhere, he gave up, sat astride his lofty branch and went back to eating fruit. That was just one of many captivating encounters in...

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Adventurer sparks Eurasian rebirth of hiking tourism

The international group of young adventurers who set up operations in a disused building on the outskirts of Dilijan National Park, a two hours’ drive north of the Armenian capital, do not quite look like game-changers. Indeed, they live communally, don simple outdoor gear and bunk down in tents at night, but that is all it has taken to kick off the ambitious...

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An 82-Year-Old Broke the Appalachian Trail Age Record

After hiking for more than seven months, 82-year-old Dale Sanders completed the Appalachian Trail on Thursday, October 26, 2017 officially becoming the oldest person to finish the 2,190-mile trek. Sanders, known on the trail as “Greybeard,” broke a record previously held by Lee Barry, who set the mark in 2004 at age 81. “I feel numb right now. It’s really a euphoric...

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Hiking the World Like a Pro

Karen Berger, author of ‘Great Hiking Trails of the World: 80 Trails, 75,000 Miles, 38 Countries, 6 Continents’ said that she has been an outdoors person at heart since she was a kid. “Summer camp was probably my earliest experience of sleeping in tents and living outdoors, and I remember coming home and thinking that indoor air conditioning just felt wrong,”...

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Hypothermia: What Is It? How to Identify Symptoms, Prevent, and Treat

Hypothermia is one of those conditions that is often discussed and yet rarely described as anything more than simply being out in the cold for too long. The reality is quite a bit more complex and the consequences of ignoring the symptoms often lead to extreme end results, sometimes even death. Hypothermia is a condition where a person’s body temperature is significantly...

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10 Amazing Day Hikes in Olympic National Park

Figuring out how to see the most of Olympic National Park can be daunting to a first time visitor. With nearly a million acres of park to explore and encompassing four majestic and varied ecological regions, there is just so much to see. Although many people choose to backpack into the more remote sections of the park (with the appropriate permits), there are so many...

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When is a natural wonder too secret to write about?

By Erin Alberty of The Salt Lake Tribune Leprechaun Canyon was a quiet place the first few times I visited. The whispers of my friends and family echoed off the towering orange walls. No one else was there. There was no official parking or trail marker; our group met at a mile marker on State Road 95 north of Lake Powell. Word was this was a “secret” canyon. I kept it...

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Beginner’s Guide to… Hiking. Oh, the places you’ll go.

Despite the nearly constant rain of the Pacific Northwest, a hike is almost always a good idea. There are so many trees out there, ones that are beautifully green and ones whose leaves are changing colors as we speak. There are mountains and snow and waterfalls ready to inspire us to take care of the world we live in. The wild deer and the unique birds await for us to...

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