Gretchen Pardon was one month and more than 270 miles into her Appalachian Trail thru-hike when she realized she had to leave the trail. It was March 23, less than two weeks after the World Health Organization had officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic, when she walked into the city of Hot Springs, NC expecting to…
The strenuous, sage-lined, two-mile hike leads to a series of about six crystal-clear, waterfall-fed pools that overlook the majestic peaks of the Salmon-Challis National Forest.
Going on a day hike can be an exhilarating experience that leaves you with a sense of accomplishment and a renewed connection with nature.
It’s the eternal question for any backpacker—what do you bring along, and what do you leave at home? Thru-hikers have it particularly tough, as the decisions they make determine their comfort and safety for weeks on end. This guide features about 30 things you should include in your thru-hiking pack, which sounds like a lot….
If you’re among the outdoors enthusiasts who brave the chill for winter camping, you know how appealing the “off-season” backcountry can be. In addition to bigger helpings of solitude, spectacular snow-scapes, and greater visibility of animals and their tracks, the joys of winter camping—or, hey, winter glamping, if that’s more your style—include night skies of…
There’s nothing like a scary story or creepy folklore to add some extra spirit to your hike. And there’s no better season than fall
We camped above an alpine lake and skinny dipped at a nearby lake. We were lucky enough to make it back to camp to catch a beautiful sunset (followed by sunrise the next morning.)
Depending on what type of hiking you plan on doing you want to take capacity, fit, and style, as well as other smaller details into consideration
If the last hints of summer have you airing out your tent, packing away your sleeping bag, and fishing the last trail mix crumbs out of the bottom of your backpack—wait!
Embrace the fact that your dog will likely be more popular than you.