I’ve been hiking and backpacking in RailRider’s pants and shirts since 2008 because they’re comfortable, synthetic so they dry quickly, and they’re treated with Insect Shield which helps protects me from Lyme Disease. Insect Shield is...Show More Summary
If not, watch the 90 second video to learn: Many of the routes in Red Rock Canyon have chimneys that you need to climb to reach the peak.
#TheRidge is the brand new film from Danny Macaskill… For the first time in one of his films Danny climbs aboard a mountain bike and returns to his native home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland to take on … Continue reading ?
The new TOAKS Titanium Siphon Alcohol Stove is a self-priming. top burner jet stove, like the classic Trangia, but much lighter weight and more streamlined. Here’s a movie of the TOAKS Titanium Siphon Stove burning where you can see the jet-based flame pattern clearly. The advantage of using a stove like this is that it’s compatible with […]
One of my favorite multi-day backpacking trips in the Catskills of New York is The Escarpment Trail, which is notable for it’s open vistas and fine views of the Hudson River Valley. This 23.9 mile hike is moderately challenging and is...Show More Summary
If you’ve been smitten by hiking and all you can think about is your next trip, it’s time to rearrange your life to maximize your hiking time. Here are a few hiking and backpacking hacks to help you on your way. 1. Replace your entire wardrobe with hiking clothes. If putting on your hiking clothes helps […]
Site editor Rick McCharles is doing Langtang, Gosainkund and Helambu, Nepal. :-)
A number of you asked me to publish my top gear hiking and backpacking gear picks, so I’ve pulled together a list of my favorite gear. I’ve been using most of it for years and it’s the kind of stuff I’ll replace when it wears out. While a lot of the gear listed below is ultralight […]
A clickbait title if ever there was one. It’s worth it, in this case. :-) Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
I’ve just arrived Kathmandu. Officials in Nepal say they plan to introduce tougher controls of the trekking industry, a week after a devastating Himalayan storm. In future, all trekkers will be required to register before setting out on the Annapurna … Continue reading ?
Mike and I were cold and wet when we reached the pond. We’d both gotten soaked on the bushwhack up to Mount Anderson (3740?) and had decided to hike back down to Norcross Pond and camp out instead of continuing deeper into the backcountry. Show More Summary
My right leg sank knee-deep in the black sulfurous mud before I completely toppled into the stuff. As soon as my friends got a whiff, they backed away from me to escape the stench and put some distance between themselves and my mud coated clothing. Show More Summary
Expedition Alaska is a multisport, non-stop adventure race for teams of 2,3 or 4 athletes over 400 miles of the greatest terrain on Earth! Facebook page Details on the official webpage – expeditionak.com
UPDATE: I’ve heard via the interwebs that the trekker who authored the site below did not actually complete the entire thing. It’s not an established route. Don’t assume that you can simply follow the instructions on the wiki. It’s not … Continue reading ?
This is cool. Click though to some of the links. Download the Trekking Guide graphic with links as a PDF. Kindly provided by Expert Himalayan Trekker Paul Deakin.
trip report by site editor Rick McCharles “the Roof of Indochina” AT A GLANCE 3,143 meters (10,312ft), Fanispan is the highest mountain in Indochina northwest region of Vietnam, near the Chinese border 9km southwest of Sapa (Sa Pa), a gorgeous … Continue reading ?
Vishal Garg listed some of his best hikes in India on Quora. Chandrashila Peak (Uttarakhand) Deoria Tal (Uttarakhand) Triund Hill (Himachal Pradesh) Kareri Lake (Himachal Pradesh) Kheerganga (Himachal Pradesh)
I’m hoping to do the famed Simien Traverse in November. It’s the best hike in Ethiopia, one of the best in the world. Click PLAY or watch a some highlights from a 2014 trek on YouTube. It looks spectacular. Scenery … Continue readin...
When cold weather arrives, I start carrying a sleeping pad with a higher R-value for better insulation against the frigid ground or snow. In the past, that often meant carrying a heavy sleeping pad filled with goose down or Primaloft or two closed cell foam sleeping pads. But those days are over since the introduction of […]
Rescuers in Nepal are trying to reach more than 20 trekkers trapped below a high Himalayan pass by heavy snowfalls and avalanches as the death toll from the unfolding tragedy was reported to be as high as 32. High winds … Continue reading ?