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Classic Hikes of North America Photo Gallery editor Peter Potterfield has spent the last decade hiking all over North America to identify and report on the most interesting hiking routes on the continent. With his new book just released by WW Norton & Co in New York, GreatOutdoors brings you the first excerpts, including this gallery of images from the lavishly illustrated volume.

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Hiking the Wales Coast Path

Come along with editor Peter Potterfeld as he hikes the brand new Wales Coast Path, a bold vision combining scenery and history as it traces the wild coastline of Wales for more than 800 miles, passing foggy headlands, rocky beaches, and thousand year old castles. The trail opened in May of 2012, and GreatOutdoors brings you one of the first reports.

Waterton: The Quiet Jewel of Canada's Rockies

Tucked between Banff National Park to the north, and Glacier National Park to the south, sparsely visited Waterton Lakes National Park sits astride a narrow waist of the Rocky Mountains, where the high peaks don't bother with foothills, where the bear mojo is more intense than even Denali, and there’s more species of wildflowers than in Jasper and Banff combined.

Jordan's Jewel: A Trek to Petra

Everybody who goes to Jordan goes to Petra, but few people get there via a 50 miles trek that in six days travels from Dana Biosphere Reserve to Wadi Araba and into the Sharah Mountains before arriving at the storied city of Petra through the back door. Come along as shows you the way.


Hiking Odyssey in Western Newfoundland

Come along as editor Peter Potterfield takes us on a journey through the unforgettable landscape of Western Newfoundland. We'll backpack into the Lewis Hills, the highest point on the island, take in the world class bird watching on the Codroy Estuary, and hike some of the best trails in Gros Morne National Park.


No Shortcuts to the Top

A conversation with Ed Viesturs, and an excerpt from his new book on
his ascent of the world's 14 highest peaks without supplemental oxygen.



A Cycling Odyssey Through India

Come along with our correspondent on an epic 4,000 kilometer journey by bicycle through the countryside of India, from Agra to its southern tip. Here, unexpected hazards--such as dangerous roads and being trampled by elephants--are more than balanced by interactions with the locals in the context of this exotic culture as it evolves mile by mile, region by region.


Into the Heart of the Great Bear

The First Nation settlement of Klemtu is the starting point for a kayak trip into the pristine wilderness of British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest.


Around Mount St. Helens in One Day

Where in the Northwest can you experience a full spectrum of spectacular landscape? From rain forest to desert, from canyons to riverbeds, from alpine meadows to volcanic blast zones, here's a 30-mile trail run you'll never forget.


Images from the Wild Side editor Peter Potterfield takes his job writing about adventure seriously. The author of a dozen books on outdoor adventure, Potterfield in this gallery shares some of his favorite images from backcountry adventures from around the world.

Adventures at the Bobbie Burns Lodge

Summer adventures out of the Bobbie Burns Lodge in British Columbia cover the gamut, from hiking flower-filled meadows to scrambling up 9,000 foot mountains, and even traversing "via ferrata" routes. Operated by CMH, famous for it's heli-ski tours, the lodge summer experience comes complete with the Bell 212 helicopter to take you where you want to go.

North Cascades Crest

Come along as gives you a sneak peak at photographer James Martin’s images from his iconic book on wildest mountain range in the lower 48: North Cascades Crest, Notes and Images from America's Alps. The Mountaineers Books is reprinting the classic volume, Martin's stunning work in photographs and words that describes his extensive experience in Washington North Cascades.

An Iceland Grand Tour

Photographer Adam Jaquette shows us the wild side to Iceland in this collection of images. "What struck me about Iceland was the stark beauty of the country and the diversity of the countryside, from puffins nesting on the sea cliffs, beaches littered with ice, and geo-thermal geysers. Iceland is a place where nature still rules and visitors must respect it."

Art Wolfe Photographs the Mysterious Island of Madagascar

Join us in this ongoing series as showcases photographer Art Wolfe's world-wide expeditions as he films his PBS series, Travels to the Edge. For this gallery, Art shows us a glimpse of the landscape and bizarre wildlife of the mysterious island of Madagascar, off the coast of Africa.

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