George Dunn, co-owner of International Mountain Guides, recalls personal adventures and gives tips about climbing Mount Rainier.
Sherpa's big year also includes an limited edition Suunto watch to benefit his foundation.
The last time our author took his buddy camping, they stopped speaking for a year. A decade later, they still haven't hit the trail together. Which means there's only one thing to do: Try again.
Flesh-eating bears. Dive-bombing eagles. Can a regular guy escape certain death armed with only the clothes on his back and the skills he learned on TV from Les Stroud, Bear Grylls, and John Rambo?
We settle the debate with winner-takes-all smackdown: Meet history's true hard man.
On a snowy night in New Hampshire, Congressional candidate Gary Dodds crashed his car, wandered into the woods, and collapsed. Twenty-seven hours later, rescuers carried him out. And then the real drama began.
Survivors of the Bataan death march overcame one of history's most grueling
walks. What kept them on their feet? and could you do the same? every year,
more than 4,000 people hike through the New Mexico desert to find out.
Grand Canyon raft guide and Havasupai tribal member Shana Watahomigie becomes a paddling–and Hollywood–pioneer.
It's the gear world's ultimate endurance event: a full day and night roaming the aisles at Bean's flagship store in Freeport, Maine. Will our man survive?
First John Francis stopped riding in cars. Then he stopped talking.
More than three decades, two continent-spanning hikes, and countless trail miles later, he's still following his remarkable path of protest–only now he's not alone.
Want to make adventure films? Emmy Award-winning director Michael Brown shows you how. Plus, go behind the scenes as BACKPACKER staffers learn from the masters at Adventure Film School.
On your mark, get set ... hike. Inside a 5,600-mile footrace on the country's hardest trail.
Animals can't talk. But Ed Newcomer can. As an elite U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service detective, he goes undercover to protect threatened raptors, bears, even butterflies–and bring poachers and smugglers to court. Inside the agency's latest covert operation.
Two Everest-scaling Sherpas face their biggest challenge yet–surviving suburban America.
Once a guide and counselor near Yosemite, up-and-coming musician Brett Dennen is now taking his backcountry jams to the masses.
Meet Michael Rash, sanitation king of the backcountry. Be glad he uses Purell.
What happens when a couple's vows are tested by hard miles and hunger pains on the John Muir Trail? A sore-footed bride tells all.
Here's how Aron Ralston, Ed Viesturs, Les Stroud, and others get out and back again–and how you can, too.
Inspired by a mountain view, Don Moseman walked out of prison and hiked his way to a better life.
Rangers despise him. The law is after him. Yet in chopping down trees in an overgrown national park, Bob Garrison has become a hero to some hikers.
Sharpen your double-bit axe, get your pecs ready for action, and shoulder the biggest pack you've ever seen. Then dive into the trenches with a screwball trailbuilding crew, fixing the neediest hiking paths in the Adirondacks. Assuming you're not afraid of some very heavy lifting, this just might be the ultimate summer job.
Hiker Gerald Holzer recounts a 2005 grizzly attack in Yellowstone.
A pilgrim heads into the canyon where Aron Ralston lost his arm to pin down the meaning of survival.
Bob Coomber is determined to become the first man in a wheelchair to ascend a 14,000-foot mountain.
Everyone loves national parks--but are they being loved to death? Join representatives from the Park Service, Department of the Interior, Sierra Club, American Hiking Society, and more to explore the fate of this embattled American institution.
Get strong with yoga poses used by a world-class climber
To hike from Mexico to Canada and back, a man needs strength and speed and luck. He needs something else, too. If only he knew what it was.
Deep in Wyoming's Wind River Range, an accident with a sliding boulder makes a hiker confront his life, his fate, and his faith in God.
Torrential rain and wind expose chinks in our author's ultralight armor, but don't dampen his enthusiasm for the pleasures of unencumbered trekking.
A double lung transplant slows, but doesn't stop, Pacific Crest Trail hiker Dennis Coffey.
"With some eagerness, and some anxiety, and some misgiving, we enter the canyon below?." -John Wesley Powell, August 13, 1869
Activist and former backpacker David Brower reflects on his life in the political trenches and on the trails.
David Brower led environmentalists in shaping the America we see and hike.
Compared with the rough-and-tumble Chilkoot Trail, the Senate is a walk in the park for Ione Christensen.
A candid interview with duct tape guru Angelo Ritson.
Robert Taylor wants African-Americans to know "there's something great out there."
The Appalachian Trail community lost a prominent supporter, volunteer, hiker, and maintainer.
All it takes is $7,000 and a man named "Pittsburgh" to become a weightless thru-hiker.
Galen Rowell talks about his and others' efforts to make the Bay Area Ridge Trail a reality.
With the fervor of a pulpit-pounding evangelist, Ron Strickland has wandered the land, preaching the gospel of the Pacific Northwest Trail he hoped to create.
Guy Waterman died near the summit of Mount Lafayette, a peak in the White Mountains in northern New Hampshire, on February 6.
Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbit knows he can't please everyone. So rather than try, he spends his time righting environmental wrongs and preserving wildlands.
Protester celebrates victory in a two-year battle to save a giant redwood by coming back to earth.
NOLS founder Paul Petzoldt fought for wilderness his whole life.
Appalachian Trail (AT) advocate Edward Garvey, 84, recently died of congestive heart failure at Arlington Hospital in Virginia.
Jim Lockart of Pughtown, Pennsylvania is part of a unique group who have scaled all 50 states' highest peaks.
Matthew Bogue, who is legally blind and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1996, completed the 471-mile Colorado Trail.
To all the techno-weenies with your space-age outdoor gear, Cody Lundin has some advice: For that day when your butt's on the line, you better know how to get primitive.
Last time you went looking for a new place to hike, you probably consulted a guidebook. We all do. So why is author Michael Kelsey getting lambasted for giving us what we want?
Imagine that your well-coiffed, country club mother calls and says, "I want to go backpacking." Would it be your worst nightmare or a family dream come true?
Nine hikes as big as the hearts of their namesake wilderness visionaries.
We travel to New Mexico's Aldo Leopold Wilderness to understand the roots of the preservation movement and see just how far we've come.
He rocked the world of climbing, challenged the accepted wisdom in sea kayaking, and now Ray Jardine turned his renegade way of thinking to backpacking.
Your odds of surviving, much less enjoying, a -30°F night in the woods rate right up there with a snowball's chance in you-know-where. That is, unless you make friends with a guy they call The Iceman.
The host of BACKPACKER's television show gives us a peek inside.