Can our scout coax his feline friend into becoming a true trail companion?
One of the most popular spots on the Appalachian Trail, Max Patch, is better off now than it has been in years.
With the summer high season wrapping up, a variety of national parks are lifting reservation requirements for a while.
As hikers, we spend a lot of time in nature. Impress your hiking partners with these answers to commonly asked questions.
The body does weird stuff on the trail. We rounded up the experts to answer our burning questions about hiker physiology.
Are women's sleeping bags really warmer than men's? How long can I keep a down sleeping bag stuffed before it's ruined?
You can't dry out alcohol (yet), but you can cut weight without cutting flavor by sticking all the other ingredients for this backcountry old-fashioned in a dehydrator.
A home dehydrator might be the handiest kitchen tool you never knew you needed. Upgrade your backcountry cooking with these drying (and rehydrating) tips.
The results, however hilarious, remind us how hikers destigmatize the body
You've learned the basics and know enough to keep yourself safe. Want to take the next step toward honing your backcountry skills? Maggie Slepian explains why hitting the trail alone is the way to do it.
Backcountry tech is more abundant than ever, but it can add up quickly in an ultralight kit.
For his 3-day, fastest known time-setting hike of the JMT, Jeff Garmire had one rule: bring as little as he could carry and still make it to the finish.
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Joe “Kanga” Harvey appears to have drowned in the Connecticut River on the border of Vermont and New Hampshire.
Three days: That's how long it took endurance athlete Jeff Garmire to finish the John Muir Trail. But from health scares to falling asleep while hiking, it was anything but a casual stroll.
Each year, Big City Mountaineers changes thousands of kids’ lives by bringing them on their first outdoor adventures. You can make it happen for another.
The Ultra gets a titanium case, sapphire face, significantly better battery life, and better GPS and off-grid route-tracking features, making it a much more robust backcountry tool
Hikers pled guilty to reckless conduct following off-trail rescue in Franconia Notch.
People keep falling into outdoor latrines while rescuing lost phones. Our editors list the belongings they would fish out of an outdoor crapper—and which ones they’d leave behind.
Alcohol-free doesn't have to mean tasteless. These drinks satisfy your beer craving without the buzz.
For carrying weight while moving quickly in the mountains, the Slope Runner Exploration 18L is our new favorite vest-pack hybrid
Who knew the famous comfort, durability, and versatility of the Merrell Moab could be improved?
Keep your cool in the backcountry—no matter how high the mercury climbs—with these key lessons from one of the hottest places on Earth.
No reroute is currently available.
Volunteers hope a new bus to the McAfee Knob trailhead will cut down on congestion.
This sweet crumble pulls double duty.
Lightweight gear has a reputation for fragility, but there are exceptions to the rule.
Let the crowds stampede the national parks—in the U.S., you’re never far from state lands that boast sublime beauty, natural seclusion, and endless adventure. These 14 just scratch the surface.
Backpacking by yourself unlocks a powerful wilderness experience. If you’re scared to solo, you’re on the right track.
Fanny packs, bear spray, and camp stoves: These are the products that helped us adventure over the past month.
I came for their looks. I stayed for their all-day comfort and all-terrain performance.
Thru-hiking is for everyone—but if you really want to build your life around the trail, some careers make it easier than others.
Kayak to pocket beaches and Gulf islands in south Florida.
You know what's worse than not reaching the summit? Getting caught in a thunderstorm.
Suit seeks return to reduced Trump-era boundaries.
By supporting service corps that are preserving our public lands, Carhartt is helping to protect parks and empower the next generation of park stewards
Rescuers found Jetal Agnihotri, 29, on fourth day of search.
Everything you need to find a last-minute backpacking adventure before the leaves turn and the air turns frosty.
By some measures, Jenny Bruso’s advocacy for body inclusivity in the outdoors has been a wild success. But she says the fight has barely begun.
A disco ball, frozen lobster tails, a cat: We polled editors about the strangest gear they had ever packed for a trip.
National Park Service investigating discovery in Abyss Pool.
From funding for conservation projects to mitigating wildfires, public lands win big.
Some backpackers are just dedicated soloists. But as our writer discovered on her first big group trip, sometimes there's magic to hitting the trail with some new friends.
While the park still doesn’t have an entrance fee, it’s going to get a little more expensive soon.
Want to hike without crowds? See jaw-dropping vistas without torching your quads? Check out these dayhikes and backpacks.
Hiker claimed self-defense; bear was roughly 100 feet away.
Next time you have to resupply your gear, make one of these swaps to reduce your waste and impact on the planet.
On Thursday, they finished the last leg of the triple crown, but they’re not done yet
As someone who’s confronting his own age, I appreciate seeing an older guy hold it down. That’s why I’m cheering for 480 Otis this Fat Bear Week.
A group of researchers from University of California, Irvine investigated the link between SAR incidents, park visitation, and Twitter posts. Their conclusions could inform how hikers portray their own adventures—and view those of others—online
Joe McConaughy sets a new Fastest Known Time on the 223-mile John Muir Trail.
They’re 1,706 miles in and this is what they like most
San Diego is more than great views of the Pacific. These trails will take you through canyons, alpine, waterfalls, and more.