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Tongariro Crossing: One of the Best Day Hikes On Earth?

It does not matter which ‘Best Day-Hikes on the Planet’ list you consult, it will usually feature New Zealand’s other-worldly Tongariro Alpine Crossing at some point or other. And for good reason, as I have just discovered. With three active volcanoes, steaming vents, blue and emerald lakes with shimmering reflections […]

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Can You Trek in Nepal Without a Guide?

Trekking in Nepal is at the top of many outdoor enthusiasts’ bucket lists. Snow-capped mountains, cozy tea houses, and endless dal bhat are just some of the many things you can look forward to while trekking through the tallest peaks in the world. So, the question that most would-be trekkers […]

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What is a ”Switchback” in hiking?

A long and strenuous hike with many switchbacks can be one of the most rewarding experiences. Yes, it will be tough, but the views found at the top are typically worth every ounce of effort. Never heard of a “switchback” trail before? Let’s dig into the specifics of this unique […]

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Why Do Hikers Use Trail Names?

Trail names are a fun part of being on the trail for an extended duration. Some of the names are colorful, unique, or intriguing. There are times that the names are given by others and sometimes self-named. Trail names are commonly used during long distance backpacking trips. So, why do […]

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What is Hut to Hut Hiking?

Hut to hut hiking can be a fun alternative to tent camping. It can provide you with the same adventure but with the convenience and comfort of cabin camping. In this article, you’ll be learning what hut to hut hiking is, a few examples of some hut to hut trails, […]

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How Do I Spend a Day In Yosemite?

Are you tight on time and have just one day to spend at Yosemite? If you’ve never been to Yosemite National Park before, it can be hard to know where to start. It’s a big park with a lot to see. Most of the famous attractions you probably associate with […]

What Do Stacked Rocks On A Trail mean

What Do Stacked Rocks On A Trail Mean?

Avid hikers, campers, cyclists and rock climbers all rely on trails and paths to keep them heading in the right direction. Those who are tech-savvy use GPS gadgets or their phone’s GPS to help them track their whereabouts. Having mentioned this, have you ever wonder how our ancestors managed not […]

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Is Trail Running Harder Than Road Running?

For road runners thinking about trying their hand at trail running, they might be hesitant. These days, when we hear about trail running we tend to hear about runners in the ultra running community – elite runners like Jim Walmsley or Courtney Dauwalter. Furthermore, road runners tend to hear about […]

What Are the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace?

Created by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, the Seven Principles are a guideline for minimizing our impact on nature when we’re hiking, camping, or just exploring. It goes beyond the simple mantra of “take only pictures, leave only footprints.” The act of leaving no trace extends to […]