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A New Zealand Hiking Odyssey

It may be fall in North America, but it's springtime in New Zealand, a great time to head down for some hiking as the snow begins to fly at home. Come along as editor Peter Potterfield takes us on a hiking safari from the northern most point of the North Island to the Great Walks of the South Island.

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.

Sir Edmund Hillary Dies

Sir Edmund Hillary, the climber who was one of two men to make the first ascent of Mount Everest, in 1953, died in his native New Zealand. In May, 1953, Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the first human beings to climb to the summit of Mount Everest. The extraordinary event made both men famous. Hillary had been in failing health for several years.

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.

Gales and Ice on Mount Cook

By Andrew McLean ski correspondent Andrew McLean shares his tales of woe while ski mountaineering in New Zealand's Southern Alps.

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.

Classic Hikes of the World: Routeburn Track

An excerpt from Peter Potterfield's new book on the world's best hiking routes.

Hiking in New Zealand

If the Lord of the Rings has you yearning for the New Zealand backcountry, here's what you need to know to find the best routes on both Islands of this friendly country.

Top Ten Sights in Asia and the South Pacific

Discover Asia. See it all! Here are the top sights - from Angkor Wat to Mount Everest to the Great Barrier Reef to the Great Wall of China.

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