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By Deby Dixonand and Rebecca Latson. Photography In The National Parks: Looking Back On 2014 Click through for more. :-)

Snow Wolf Family and Me

A new BBC film, Snow Wolf Family and Me, explores the lives and habits of arctic wolves, revealing the family secrets of one of our most feared predators. Ellesmere Island is one of the most remote and beautiful places on … Continue reading ?

Winter Hiking Safety Tips

Winter can be a dangerous time to hike or camp in the backcountry, but with planning and proper preparation, a winter hike can be a safe and enjoyable experience. Please keep the following in mind when planning an outing: For safety, never hike alone in winter. Show More Summary

The Summerhouses at Mohonk Mountain House

  Mohonk Mountain House is one of the last great inns in the Hudson River Valley, just 90 miles north of New York City. It’s a special place for me because I rediscovered my love of hiking there amidst the Shawanagunk Mountains and nearby Catskills Mountain Range. Resembling Harry Potter’s castle, Mohonk is a huge […]            

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Photo Gallery – The Best National Park Photos of 2014

December, January & February hikes

Adventures Within Reach recommends some of the best hikes during each month of the year. December • Our Top Trek Recommendation: Vietnam Trekking Runner Up: Mount Meru, Tanzania January Our Top Trek Recommendation: Aconcagua, Argentina Runner Up: Hill Tribes, Thailand … Continue reading ?

Which Gossamer Gear Ultralight Backpack Is Right For You?

If you’ve never purchased an ultralight backpack before, it can be challenging to figure out which Gossamer Gear backpack is right for you. Here are some tips to help you with the selection process so you choose the right Gossamer Gear backpack for your needs.  Gossamer Gear Mariposa (70L) – unisex The Mariposa Ultralight Backpack […]            

GIANT 3200yr-old tree

It’s called “The President”, and it stands at 247 feet tall, measures at 45,000 cubic feet in volume, and is an estimated 3,200 years old. … pulptastic

The Problem with Pac Boots for Winter Hiking

Pac boots, like the kind you get from Sorel, Kamik, Cabelas, or LL Bean, are not a good option for serious hiking in winter terrain. While Pac boots were the only inexpensive alternative to buying expensive mountaineering boots about...Show More Summary

Fortress Butte and AZ Hot Springs Update

On 12-20-2014, the 52 Peak Club hiked Fortress Butte and AZ Hot Springs. Fortress Butte is this cool looking butte near AZ Hot Springs. It looks impossible to climb to the top, but we found a route. The summit seems like an island in the sky with great views in all directions. Show More Summary

Simien Trek – Ethiopians

Photographers know that some of the BEST photos from the developing World are of local people. I’m always reluctant to ask to take these kinds of photos, but Joshua and Nadine have been living in rural Africa the past two … Continue reading ?

Simien Trek Ethiopia – day 4

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Day 4: Chenek-Buwahit, 4-6 hrs walking We were up before the dawn, wanting our best chance of success climbing Mt Bwahit. Our guards had slept outside beside the tents, despite the cold. The … Continue reading ?

Simien Trek Ethiopia – day 3

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Day 3: Gich-Chennek (3600 m), 7-8 hrs walking A cold night. But the sky was blue. People keen to get an early start. This would be the best day of the trek. I … Continue reading ?

10 Great Outdoor Adventure Books For Hikers

1. Following Atticus by Tom Ryan Tom Ryan’s inspiring tale of how he and his miniature schnauzer companion, the “Little Buddha” Atticus M. Finch, attempted to scale all forty-eight of New Hampshire’s four thousand foot White Mountains twice in the dead of winter. 2. A Million Steps by Kurt Koontz Part diary, part travelogue, A […]            

Simien Trek Ethiopia – day 2

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Day 2: Sankaber-Gich (3600 m), 5-6 hrs walking I couldn’t sleep. Tossing. Turning. My stomach, not perfect on arrival for this adventure, was getting worse. At midnight I rushed to the filthy toilet … Continue reading ?

Some Basic Bushcraft Skills for Backpackers

My ultralight backpacking friends will roll their eyes in dismay when they hear I’ve started carrying a 9.4 ounce Silky GOMBOY 240 Pruning Saw on my shoulder season and winter hikes. But I believe that the gear you carry on a hike on a backpacking trip should meet your objectives and goals for the specific journey you’re taking, not […]            

Simien Trek Ethiopia – day 1

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Day 1: Gondar-Sankaber (3250 m), 3-4 hours walking 6:30am Ethiopian coffee 7am pick-up at the (recommended) L-Shape Hotel in the tourist town Gondar. Room about $13 in 2014. It was an easy 2hr … Continue reading ?

Reader Poll: Why Aren’t More Young People Trail Maintainers?

In my interview with Whitney LaRuffa, President of ALDHA-West that I published last week, Whitney expressed a concern that younger people, in their 30’s and 40’s, aren’t involved in trail maintainance activities. The ensuing discussion...Show More Summary

new film – A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods / U.S.A. (Director: Ken Kwapis, Screenwriters: Rick Kerb, Bill Holderman) An aging travel writer sets out to hike the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail with a long-estranged high school buddy. Along the way, the duo face off … Continue reading ?

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