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When the memories of combat refused to fade, a former army medic found healing in thru-hiking.
Hiking a long trail is a challenge no matter who you are. But not everyone is equally able to make the compromises it requires.
After Covid's long-term side effects left her unable to chase the physical adventures she had treasured before, Dani Mortell found herself negotiating a new outdoor experience.
Like many other subcultures, long-distance hiking has its own language.
A fatal avalanche near Hoosier Pass, Colorado is a reminder that dangerous slides can occur on gentle terrain
Like a seed pushing through the hard spring soil in search of the sun, so too must you push through adversity to the glorious ultralight of backpacking.
Overcrowding is destroying our parks. Timed entry systems can save them.
Through bad weather, injuries, and access issues, I've climbed the same mountain every month for a decade and a half. I hope to do it for as long as I can.
Through two breakups, career changes, and more, the Beaten Path has been a welcome constant—and a yardstick for just how much everything else has shifted.
Take a long hike, and you’ll find yourself falling in with people decades older and younger than you. There’s good reason for that.
A writer with a few FKTs under her belt ponders whether or not speed enhances or detracts from the experience.
Finishing a 2,000-mile hike is tough. But for many thru-hikers, coming back to the “real world” afterward is even tougher.
The 10 Pieces of Gear Every Backpacker Should Carry, At Least According to Our Coffee-Snob Friend Craig
The Ten Essentials could save your life on a hike. Craig calls coffee his “lifesaver,” and honestly, it was funnier the first time.
In the wilderness, it isn't cheap, paracord-wrapped hatchets and trenching tools that we need to survive. It's each other.