The New Life List: 9 Adventures to Check Off

Trek Patagonia, see a grizzly, or hike the Grand Canyon in a single day: The choice is yours.

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There’s a big world out there waiting for you, full of epic trails and skyscraping peaks. Make the most of it with these 9 adventures, which run the gamut from a two-week trip in the National Parks to a Himalayan climb.

Explore Patagonia


Plenty of treks are insanely gorgeous, but few hikes offer such world-class scenery combined with the feeling of off-the-map exploration—yet can be done without quitting your job. Read the Full Article

Summit a Himalayan Peak

annapurna circuit

Six years ago, I spent 18 days on Denali. Reaching its 20,320-foot summit was the coolest thing I’d ever done—until I stood at 17,769-foot Thorung La pass on Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit, on my honeymoon. Read the Full Article

See a Grizzly

Gregory \”Slobirdr\” Smith

When the shaggy, silver-tipped behemoth materialized from around the willows and rose up on its haunches to sniff the air, the possibilities of this world expanded. I was in Denali, and the park was—all at once—more wild and less moved by my presence than I ever dared to dream. Read the Full Article

Climb a Via Ferrata

Dave Riggs/Flickr

Want to live utterly in the moment? You could spend years learning to meditate, or you could spend seconds clinging to a rock face thousands of feet in the air. Up there, life is distilled to colors, scents, sounds—and the occasional joyous whoop. Read the Full Article

Bag a Remote Peak

Glacier Peak

It’s safe to say that most of us will never set foot on the summit of Mt. Everest, but that doesn’t mean Ed Viesturs and company have a monopoly on alpine epics. Read the Full Article

Tackle a Monster Dayhike in the Grand Canyon

backpacking grand canyon
Alan Eng/flickr

Everything is concentrated when you make a one-day double crossing of the Grand Canyon, like I did in May. Your fuel: GU and 5-Hour Energy offset the 20,000 calories you’ll burn—and keep your pack light. Your attention: Tiny scorpions come out at night, blunting the fatigue that could send you stumbling off a cliff. And most of all, your adventure. Read the Full Article

Traverse a Mountain Range

Bailey Range
Benjamin Hollis

Traverse the Bailey Range in Olympic National Park. The route mostly follows an open ridge carpeted with columbine, lupine, and bluebells in midsummer (then blueberries by August). And it has the park’s best view of 7,965-foot Mt. Olympus, which gleams above the lush rainforest of the Hoh River Valley. Read the Full Article

Thru-Hike the JMT

Mark Patterson

On day 15 of my combo trek of the High Sierra and John Muir Trails, grinding up to Muir Pass, I muttered: “I hate the JMT.” My partner laughed, a wry chuckle that signaled he knew something I didn’t. Namely: A long hike wears you down before building you up, and fleeting lows are followed by endless highs. Read the Full Review

Shoot a Wall-Worthy Photo

Grand Teton National Park
Zach Dischner / Flickr

There’s a reason the iconic granite skyline of the Tetons graces countless ads, catalogs, magazines, and calendars—it’s gorgeous. But even if you didn’t have a camera, a trek here would be burned into your memory. Read the Full Article