Camping and Hiking

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From Chaco Canyon to Sky City

Come along on a hiking expedition through the magical landscapes of New Mexico, from the sprawling complex of great houses and kivas in Chaco Canyon, to the mysteries of the Acoma people’s mesa-top pueblo and their ancient trade routes across the lava flows


Mad Dogs and an Englishwoman

By Polly Evans

Travel writer Polly Evans’s latest book, Mad Dogs and an Englishwoman, tells of her journey to Canada’s Yukon Territory to learn to drive sled dogs. 

Into the Yukon’s Kluane National Park

By Polly Evans

The spectacular 90-mile Donjek Route is one of the most challenging in the Yukon Territory, traversing a backcountry where three adjoining parks—Kluane, Tatshenshini-Alsek and Wrangell- St. Elias create 38,000 square miles of pure wilderness


Staff’s Favorite Gear of 2008

By Staff staff members spend as much time in the out of doors as possible, so they take their outdoor equipment seriously. Here are a few favorite pieces of gear that served us well this year, from the Chilkoot Pass in Alaska  and the Beartooths of Montana to the Haute Route in the Alps.

Hiking Newfoundland’s Long Range Traverse

 The 35 kilometer Long Range Traverse through Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park pays off with genuine wilderness on a grand scale, but this trail-less backcountry route will challenge your navigational skills. Then you can go kayaking among icebergs  and whales when you’ve completed the hike.


The Planet Ice Project: Into the Cordillera Blanca of Peru

By James Martin - October 2nd, 2008

James Martin, writing exclusively for as he photographs and researches his new book, Planet Ice, reports from Huascaran National Park in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru

A Hike Below the Eiger with John Harlin

 The mountains of Grindelwald Switzerland, are some of the most spectacular in Europe. A recent hike through them with John Harlin, whose father made the first American ascent of the storied Eiger, provided a glimpse into mountaineering history. Roaming below the looming North Face of the Eiger is a unique experience for any climber or backcountry traveler.

Images from the North

By Stefan Wackerhagen

Adventurer and photographer Stefan Wackerhagen found a home in the arctic regions of the Yukon and Alaska. It is here in these northern climes where  he finds the wildlife and extraordinary expanse of wilderness that fuels his photography. “The natural wilderness of Canada's Yukon Territory and Alaska offers extraordinary panoramas and unrivalled wildlife. As a photographer I’m drawn to the way its light shifts in incredible ways, and its seasons change fast. There’s no place like it.”


Across the Alps on Skis

By Staff

Across the Alps on skis and other adventure blogs by staffers. Come along with mountain skier and climber Gordy Skoog on his “Tale of Two Haute Routes,” and yet another first ascent for him in the North Cascades. The people who work here take the outdoors seriously, so check out the blog section for more, including Mike Rougeux’s Climbing on California’s Lost Coast and Peter Potterfield’s hiking odyssey in New Zealand.

Hiking Historic Chilkoot Pass

 Five days on the legendary Chilkoot Pass Trail, one of the premier backcountry routes in North America, inspires  new respect for the physical stamina of the Klondike gold rush miners as it takes you from the Inside Passage through British Columbia and into the wilds of the Yukon. 

Pacific Crest Trail Fest Draws Trail Aficionados

Lovers of the Pacific Crest Trail will gather in
Sacramento this
month to celebrate the 2,650 mile route through the American West, one of the longest on the continent.

The Muse of the Backcountry

By Dave Schiefelbein

Photographer Dave Schiefelbein finds inspiration in the changing moods of the backcountry, then works to caputre that moment.

The Challenge of Orienteering

By Dougald MacDonald

Welcome to the confounding and addictive world of competitive orienteering, a blend of cross-country running and navigation, with brains and woods sense counting more than brawn.

Hiking Tasmania's East Coast

Beaches of blinding white sand and turquoise waters meet granite mountains and towering coastal cliffs on this two week odyssey from Bay of Fires and the Freycinet Peninsula to Tasman National Park

Hiking Ireland's Wild West Coast

This trip is proof that hiking is a great way to enhance international travel.

Kiwi Redux: The Second Time Around

From Rakiura National Park, New Zealand's newest, to old favorites like the Greenstone Track, the varied backcountry landscapes down here make the second or third trip even more interesting than the first.

Images from the Edge editor Peter Potterfield shares photos he's taken while writing about backcountry adventures.

The Planet Ice Project

By James Martin - January 19th, 2007

James Martin, writing exclusively for as he photographs and researches his book, Planet Ice, has been busy documenting the vanishing ice around the world. His new book includes essays by Yvonne Chouinard and others.

Have a Nice Doomsday

By Melissa Wagenberg

Boiling mud, world class fishing and the greatest day hike on the planet await visitors to New Zealand's North Island. A National Geographic Adventure story.

Wild and Lonely Places

By Dave Schiefelbein

The work of adventure photographer Dave Schiefelbein.

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