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Where the Mountains Meet the Sea: Trekking the Olympic Range (Photo Essay)
by Ryan Jordan
Boy Scouts tackle the Olympic range - from rainforest to snowy divide - in lightweight style. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Members Only Photo Essay: Spanish Peaks, Lee Metcalf Wilderness, Montana
by Ryan Jordan
Photos from a Scout trek across the Spanish Peaks in Southwest Montana, with some insight into how we incorporate an ultralight ethic into groups. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Notes from the Field
Salvation in Skykomish
by Lawton Grinter
Trail Angels to the rescue on the PCT and AT. Chapter 11 from Lawton Grinter's new book I Hike: Mostly True Stories from 10,000 Miles of Hiking . Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness: Photo Essay
by Ryan Jordan
Photos and a Gear List from the 2012 Ultralight Backpacking Boot Camp. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Lamar
by Ryan Jordan
Ryan and a group of Scouts search for solitude in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar River Valley Read More...
ARTICLES Places Notes from the Field
Members Only Cajon Pass
by Tom Moose
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ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Backpacking on the Moon: A Trip Guide to Craters of the Moon National Monument
by David Chenault
A look at one of Idaho's little known backpacking jems. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Honeymoon at Isle Royale (Trip Report)
by Travis Leanna
Newlyweds Travis and Gretchen Leanna walk and packraft through Isle Royale National Park Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Continental Divide Trail Project Report: Hopewell Lake, NM, August 2011
by Bruce Carr
An open letter from a grandfather to his two grandsons, about his CDTA volunteer time. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Notes from the Field
A Marriage Proposal on Walden Pond
by Ron Strickland
Can a backpacker more comfy on the trail find love with a lady for whom three stars is roughing it? An excerpt from Ron's recently published memoir, Pathfinder: Blazing a New Wilderness Trail in Modern America . Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Keeping it Real in Bolivia’s Cordillera Real: Global Test Photo Essay
by Danny Milks & Kristin Tennessen
Lightweight backpacking in Bolivia's northern Andes. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Lightly Burdened Pilgrims: Trip Report and Photo Essay
by Andrew Wilson
My wife and I retraced the steps of Martin Luther on the 500th anniversary of his famous pilgrimage to Rome... it wasn't quite the thru-hike I had anticipated, but it had a satisfaction all its own. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Hiking the Santa Cruz Loop in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca: Global Test Photo Essay
by Kristin Tennessen and Danny Milks
Escaping the "boxes" of modern society in the heart of the breathtaking Peruvian Andes. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Walking the Backbone: A Journey on the Continental Divide Trail
by Paul Magnanti
Anyone who hikes the long trails is asked “Why go?” There are many answers: the physical challenge, being immersed in the wilderness for months at a time, the joy of seeing new sights every day, the camaraderie of people we meet along the way. Ultimately, the reason I go is for the journey itself. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Members Only A Country Divided: The Continental Divide Trail
by David Chenault
The westernmost place in the continental United States is no longer the furthest west, geographically. It is rather that most rugged landscape generally arrayed across the Continental Divide as it marches from Canada to Mexico. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Featured Routes
7 Myths about the Continental Divide Trail
by Francis Tapon
At first glance, doing a round-trip (a yo-yo) on the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) seems like a waste. Why not hike a different trail instead of hiking the same one two times? However, unlike the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, the CDT is never the same trail twice. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Hiking Through Hyperbole Part 2: The Snowy Sierra
by Ryan Linn
The desert portion done, fear (and trail gossip) centered on snow in the Sierra, with six major passes above 11,000 feet. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Hiking Through Hyperbole: The Vortex of Fear
by Ryan Linn
Tackling the Pacific Crest Trail is a big job, made harder by a stream of scary stories filtering down from other hikers. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Fear and Loneliness on the Ozark Highlands Trail
by Lucas Boyer
The Ozark Highlands Trail winds through the Boston Mountains of northern Arkansas for approximately 165 continuous miles. Planning to yo-yo it for my first thru-hike, I had to come to terms with adjusted expectations. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Experiential Learning in the Heart of Utah
by Nathan Auck
A high school class laughs their way through five days in the Escalante National Recreation Area. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Bringing up the Rear: An Ultralighter Hikes across the Weminuche with a "Mixed" Group
by Ben Smith
Ultralighters love replacing old gear with new. But what gets lost when you get new hiking buddies to go with your new kit? Read More...