Secret Agent Man
Animals can’t talk. But Ed Newcomer can. As an elite U.S. Fish and Wildlife detective, he goes undercover to protect threatened raptors, bears, even butterflies—and bring poachers and smugglers to justice. We go inside the agency’s latest covert operation.
by Bruce Barcott
Hiking the Sierra High Route
On this burly, 210-mile traverse, which crosses 33 passes and barely touches established trails, you can find Alaska-size scenery, complete solitude, and just enough risk to keep things interesting.
by Steve Howe
The CDT Project
We dispatched 209 readers to map—for the first time—the 3,100-mile Continental Divide Trail, the biggest, baddest thru-hike of them all. Here’s what they found—and their favorite sections along the way.
by Kelly Bastone
Summer Fitness Special
Want to perform at your peak when you hit the trail this season? Follow our three-part plan, and you’ll make short work of big miles.
Get trail fit in just six weeks with this hiker-specific strength and cardio plan. Crunched for time? Try the accelerated version.
by Grant Davis
To reach your biggest backcountry goals, you need to eat right. Here’s how—with recipes, nutrition tips for men and women, and the 10 healthiest hiking foods.
by Dorothy Foltz-Gray and Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan
With a little help from a half-dozen friends, two high-tech gadgets, and one hypoxic chamber, a rookie attempts the tallest peak in Colorado. PLUS: Top guides reveal their summit secrets.
by Jim Thornton