Thru-hiking PCT
20 Sep 2017

Five Things I Wish I Had Left at Home Before Thru-Hiking the PCT

A wise person once said of backpacking, “the more you know, the less you need.” After two thru-hikes and decades of multi-day trips I’ve become more confident in choosing the gear that works for me, but I’ve made some poor choices along the way. It took a lot of experience

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lago di braies, Italy
09 Sep 2017

Explore Seven of The Most Beautiful Alpine Lakes in the World

One of the greatest gifts Mother Nature has granted lovers of the outdoors is our planet’s wealth of alpine lakes. Blessed with fascinating colors and scenic mountainous backdrops, the vast majority of these high-altitude jewels come with a ‘must see’ quality not shared by many of their lower-altitude cousins. National

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Courtesy of InnerFire
03 Aug 2017

Wim Hof, AKA ‘The Iceman’: Remarkable, Revolutionary Mountaineer or Roguish Racketeer?

Over the years, Mount Everest has attracted a fine selection of the world’s weirdest, wackiest and most wonderful characters. For the most part, however, these days the idiosyncrasy of majority of those trying to scale the world’s highest peak tends to lie in the fact that they are very wealthy

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Hiking Cinque Terre, Italy
19 Jul 2017

Seven of the Most Amazing Hiking Destinations in Italy

Choosing a hiking destination in Italy can be like choosing a ‘coffee’ bar in Amsterdam, a castle to visit in Scotland or a sauna in Sweden – with so many options, it can all get a little bit overwhelming and you’re likely not to be disappointed with your choice! Luckily,

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Lake Aloha, Desolation Wilderness
02 Jul 2017

Seven Must-Stop And See Locations While Thru-Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail runs 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada and boasts an incredible variety of landscapes. Almost every day thru-hikers enter a new environment and experience the stunning natural diversity that exists. From the dry and windy deserts of Southern California to the lush and forested slopes of

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avalanchesafety
28 Jun 2017

Seven Must-Learn Mountaineering Skills Before Attempting Your First Summit

Viewing the summit-shots of successful mountaineers, we could be forgiven for thinking there’s not much to the art of mountaineering other than healthy levels of strength, stamina, fitness, courage and, of course, a good beard. Above, however, we have chosen our words very carefully, for mountaineering is indeed an ‘art’

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Lost beginner climber
01 Jun 2017

Nine Common Beginner Climbing and Mountaineering Mistakes To Avoid

Whatever pursuits we turn our hands to in life, as beginners the chances of making mistakes are exceedingly high. Climbing and mountaineering are no exception to this rule, only the potential consequences of our errors in either of these high-risk activities are considerably more severe than in most others. While

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Mountaineering Gear Guide
31 May 2017

The Perfect Gear Guide for Summiting The Matterhorn

The Matterhorn. Just say the name and your mind is likely to conjure all sorts of tales from its treasury of climbing mythology – accompanied, no doubt, by an image of what might just be the most iconic mountain in the world. Skewering the Valais and Valtournenche skyline with its

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Hiking Angel's Landing, Zion National Park
12 Apr 2017

Five Must-Visit Spring Hiking Destinations in The Western US

For the avid hiker, spring-time means it’s time to get outside and hit the trails! With the snow melting, milder temperatures and alpine flowers, it’s the ideal time to explore the wilderness in the western United States. So, to help you plan your first of the seasons adventures, here are

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Superior Hiking Trail, Minnesota
03 Apr 2017

Five of The Best Intermediate Spring Hiking Destinations in the Midwest

Somewhere between the Appalachian and the Rocky Mountains lies the Midwest: an area of serene beauty, unpredictable weather, and hiking destinations that rival any in the continental U.S. In the upper Midwest, you’ll find thick forests full of wildlife and, in the warm season, complete with a lush green landscape.

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