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19 hours agoFitness / Hiking : BestHike.com

1,300 miles, 5 months, and 1 camera These videos are so crazy beautiful. :-) Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo. (via Matador)

Caltopo: A Great Online Mapping and Planning Tool for Hikers

23 hours agoFitness / Hiking : Section Hiker

Watch the Caltopo Overview Video on YouTube I started using Caltopo.com to plan and document all of my hikes and backpacking trips about a year ago after my friend Matt (Matt’s Hikes) recommended it on the approach hike to Peak Above the Nubble. Matt raved about Caltopo’s ability to print out custom maps using the 1:24000 […]            

31 hikers dead on Mt Ontake

:-( The bodies of 31 hikers have been found near the top of Japan’s Mount Ontake a day after a sudden volcanic eruption. … The volcano, about 200km (125 miles) west of Tokyo, erupted without warning on Saturday … BBC … Continue reading ?

AMC Map and Compass Course

Joe Comuzzi and I taught the AMC’s Map and Compass Course again last weekend at Harvard Cabin in Pinkham Notch, a 2-day class which combines a morning of instruction with two hikes to practice off-trail compass and navigation skills. The instruction includes some lecture time and individual and group problem solving, before we head outside and […]            

NEMO Nocturne 30 Sleeping Bag Review

As a side sleeper, I’ve struggled to sleep comfortably in mummy shaped sleeping bags for years. They’re usually too tight around the shoulders and legs for me to roll onto my side. So I was intrigued when I learned about NEMO’s new spoon-shaped...Show More Summary

climb Misti for me

Misti at 5822m (19,101ft) is one of the easiest, most visible, most popular, most accessible high summits in the world. It is recommended for all self-sufficient hikers. If you tolerate cold & altitude symptoms, the ascent is little trouble in … Continue reading ?

Goal Zero Venture 30 – Rugged Recharger

Goal Zero is going to email me when this device is available – Autumn 2014. … it requires no rubber plugs on the ports and makes them so water resistant that you can spray the unit off if it gets … Continue reading ?

history of Yosemite climbing

VALLEY UPRISING is the much-anticipated documentary from Sender Films about the epic history of climbing in Yosemite National Park and the counterculture roots of outdoor sports. Narrated by Peter Sarsgaard, the film features digitally-animated archival photography, spectacular climbing footage and … Continue reading ?

Time for Blaze Orange. It’s Deere Hunting Season

You can probably guess what I’m going to say. It’s DEERE season again and you should wear blaze orange if you plan to hike in areas where hunters (or heavy equipment operators guarding their backhoes) are likely to be present. Blaze Orange Clothing for Hikers It’s surprisingly difficult to find good (not cotton) blaze orange hiking […]            

Colca Canyon, Peru

We’ve moved and updated our Colca information page. :-) A trip to Colca Canyon is recommended for all hikers, regardless of ability and experience. It offers superb day hiking and immensely popular 2-day trips. Hard core hikers will love a … Continue reading ?

The Five Gallon Challenge: Can You Fit all of Your Backpacking Gear into a Five Gallon Bucket?

The majority of people who could benefit from carrying lighter weight gear balk when it comes to weighing everything in their packs and creating a spreadsheet. It’s a big time committment and it’s not clear that the results are meaningful for many people. The Five Gallon Challenge shows people the benefits of carrying less backpacking […]            

Walking the Earth’s Spine

This looks great. I’ll try to find a copy in Kathmandu. When Jono Lineen‘s brother died in tragic circumstances, he gave up a comfortable life, moved to the Himalayas and over eight years immersed himself in the cultures of the … Continue reading ?

The Fourth Hitchcock

Kris and I were well on our way to sumitting West Hitchcock, our fourth Hitchcock in one day, when we let down our guard and used our eyes to navigate instead of our compasses. It’s such a simple mistake, but people do it all the time. Most White Mountain hikers have never heard of the Hitchcocks, even […]            

Reader Poll: Do You Have a Hiking Uniform?

I wear the same clothes on every three-season hike I take. Well, not exactly the same identical clothes, but I always wear a RailRiders Madison River Shirt, RailRiders Eco-Mesh Pants, and Under Amour Heatgear underwear. I like the layout...Show More Summary

How to Repair your Camelbak Daypack

Don't throw away your daypack. Repair it instead. Learn how in this short two minute video.

Sunshine Coast Trail

Have you heard of the Sunshine Coast Trail? … a 180-kilometre trail that stretches from Sarah Point in Desolation Sound to Saltery Bay. … … this epic trail now boasts (12 shelters) …, making it the only free hut-to-hut hiking … Continue reading ?

Cerro Castillo, Chile

We’ve moved and updated our Cerro Castillo (Castle Mountain) information page. At 2675m (8776ft) Cerro Castillo is the highest peak in the central Patagonian Andes. We recommend 4 days, 3 nights. The nearest airport is Coihaique, about 75km away. Though accessible … Continue reading ?

Backpacking the Royce-Speckled Mountain Loop

Click for an interactiive version of the Royce-Speckled Mountain Loop (map) on Caltopo.com The Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness is arguably the best kept secret in the White Mountain National Forest. Located entirely in Maine, it...Show More Summary

Towers of Paine 2004

by site editor Rick McCharles Today I reprint my trip report from 2004. ___ The main reason I travelled to South America was attending the marvels of a thousand Patagonian sights and sounds. Actually, it was to hike Fitz Roy … Continue reading ?

REI Dash 2 Ultralight Tent Review

The REI Dash 2 is the lightest weight 2 person tent that REI has ever sold. Weighing just 2 pounds 7 ounces (not including stakes or stuff sacks), it is a double walled tent with a conventional hubbed poleset, two doors, and two vestibules. But the design of this tent with its aerodynamic fly, high […]            

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