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The Battle Over Our National Monuments: What You Need To Know

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hispanic Access Foundation. The opinions and text are… The post The Battle Over Our National Monuments: What You Need To Know appeared first on Just a Colorado Gal.

5 Hikes to Experience on a Cruise

You could go to a swanky hotel in a big city or a secluded resort in the heart of the forest for vacation. But when you decide to do a cruise instead, you embark on a more adventurous getaway. Cruises allow you to explore multiple regions of the world — sometimes separate countries in a... Show More Summary

Go Wild Hiking In Africa

If you’re looking for something different from your next hiking trip, you may want to go a little further afield. Be adventurous and rather than traveling your typical natural trail or hiking up a mountain a few miles away head to Africa. Show More Summary

Remembering Why I Write and Share Stories

While watching several videos the other day they all ended up having a similar theme. They were about books, reading, and what inspired people to write or follow their passions. Watching these caused me to think back to what started my love of reading and writing. Show More Summary

Gold Line Shuttle to Echo Mountain Starts in April

12 hours agoFitness / Hiking : Modern Hiker

In what is excellent news for people who like getting to trailheads without a car, a new low-cost shuttle service to a popular San Gabriel Mountains trail will be launching in the beginning of April. Starting April 7th, hikers will be...Show More Summary

Osprey Levity Ultralight Backpack Review (60L and 45L)

13 hours agoFitness / Hiking : Section Hiker

The Osprey Levity is an ultralight backpack available in a 60L or 45L size and weighing just under 2 lbs. Much-anticipated, the Levity packs are one of the first ventilated ultralight backpacks available with a suspended mesh backs to help keep you cooler and drier while backpacking. Show More Summary

Hiking Gaiters 101

13 hours agoFitness / Hiking : Section Hiker

Gaiters are an essential clothing and footwear item for hikers and backpackers that provide moisture protection, extra insulation, and protection for your ankles and lower legs. They’re available in a wide variety of heights and fabrics, with a multitude of different attachment options for use with hiking shoes, trail runners, and hiking boots. Show More Summary

Backpacker Sleeping Pad Preferences: Inflatable Air Pads Dominate

13 hours agoFitness / Hiking : Section Hiker

Most backpackers use inflatable sleeping pads because they’re thicker and more comfortable than ones made out of closed cell foam and lighter weight than self-inflating pads. While each of these sleeping pad types has different pros and cons, the immense popularity of inflatable sleeping pads is staggering. Show More Summary

hike Santuario El Cañi, Pucón, Chile

13 hours agoFitness / Hiking :

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Pucón is the adventure capital of the Chilean lake district. Climbing, cycling, hiking, skiing. You name it. A super popular day hike is the private nature reserve El Cañi Sanctuary. It’s about an 8 hour … Continue reading ?

10 Best Budget Backpacking Tents under $250

13 hours agoFitness / Hiking : Section Hiker

It seems like backpacking tents are getting more and more expensive, especially ultralight tents made with specialty fabrics. But take heart. There are still plenty of good values and bargain tents available if you know what to look for. Here are our picks for the top 10 best budget backpacking tents available under $250. Show More Summary

walking Vina del Mar to Valparaíso, Chile

13 hours agoFitness / Hiking :

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles People from the BIG CITY of Santiago love to escape to Valparaíso on the coast. Valpo is popular with tourists who enjoy the city’s labyrinth of cobbled alleys and colorful buildings. It has … Continue reading ?

hiking Tantauco Park, Chiloe, Chile

13 hours agoFitness / Hiking :

Tantauco Park (Spanish: Parque Tantauco) is a 1,180 km2 (456 sq mi) private natural reserve on the south end of Chiloé Island in Chile. The park was created by Chilean business magnate and President of Chile Sebastián Piñera in 2005 … The park is open to the public with two campgrounds and a 150 km … Continue reading ?

Windshirts 101

13 hours agoFitness / Hiking : Section Hiker

Wind shirts and wind shells are thin lightweight jackets, pullovers, or anoraks weighing 2 to 4 ounces, that hikers wear as a vapor barrier to prevent winds from stripping away body heat. They’re usually made of highly breathable, water-resistant...Show More Summary

Cam Honan – Arthur Range Traverse, Tasmania

13 hours agoFitness / Hiking :

Cam Honan has hiked everything. Everywhere. But for me his most impressive trips have been his extreme Tasmania epics. Floating rivers on his NeoAir mattress, for example. For us mere mortals, he summarized his advice on a route called Arthur … Continue reading ?

600km+ Huella Andina hike, Argentina

13 hours agoFitness / Hiking :

UPDATE from Mariano Rezk: I walked it myself in January 2017.  It is true that the government stopped the funding, but I must disagree about the fact that “a large proportion of the trails are closed”. Only about 5 out of … Continue reading ?

Backpacking a Thirteen Falls Loop

13 hours agoFitness / Hiking : Section Hiker

A 2-3 day, 31 mile scenic loop that journeys into the most remote part of the Pemigewasset Wilderness below Franconia Ridge, climbing 3 four thousand footers: Mt Garfield, Owls Head Mountain, and Mt Galehead. The route runs along the...Show More Summary

A Presidential Traverse Trip Plan: Backpacking the 4000 Footers Guidebook

13 hours agoFitness / Hiking : Section Hiker

A Presidential Traverse is one of the most famous and strenuous hikes in the White Mountains. This 2-3 day route is 25 miles in length with a cumulative elevation gain of 9,000 feet. It climbs eight 4000-footers with 14 miles of above-treeline hiking. Show More Summary

Lessons Learned from a Successful FKT Attempt

ecently, I completed an Unsupported FKT Attempt of the 255km Be?parmak Trail in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. My total time was 4 days, 9.5 hours and included some of the most grueling and rewarding terrain I have ever experienced. Although...Show More Summary

Sights, Sounds, and Silence: Hiking the PCT Headphone-Free

No Strings Attached We live in a world with gadgets and gizmos aplenty, more than even the Little Mermaid had in her collection. Alexa makes our to-do lists, TVs are now “smart,” and soon cars will be doing the driving for us. Buttons are quickly disappearing, as voices and fingerprints become our access keys. Show More Summary

Picking up the Pieces, from PCT to AT

I hiked 1,300 miles of the PCT the previous summer with my then wife, only to have everything fall apart on a ridge in the Sierra outside Horseshoe Meadow near Lone Pine, Calif. I found myself back in a town I grew up in, a town that...Show More Summary

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