What are the five must-do national park experiences?
If you could put together a list of five must-do national park experiences in the United States, what would they be? ScottGambier, OH
State Secrets: Ignore the Obvious
Love Acadia, the Tetons, and the Grand Canyon? Wait until you meet their crazy little cousins.
National Parks: Best Eats
From fresh, tropical milkshakes to buffalo steaks the size of your head, we dug up the best chow near America’s national parks.
Is a sweater or vest better for long hikes?
I'm doing the John Muir Trail this summer and am trying to decide between a down sweater (like the Rab Microlight Alpine jacket) or a down vest (like the Western Mountaineering Flight Series vest). The vest is lighter, but I'm concerned about warmth.NanaNew York, New York
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How can I train for altitude climbing if I live near sea level?
I would like to conquer Yosemite's Halfdome in September. How can I train for altitude climbing if I live near sea level? Paul Chesterfield, Michigan
The Psychedelic First
Tommy Caldwell needed a challenge, so he decided to hoist his clanking gear rack and free-climb one of Yosemite's hardest routes—a punishing 5.14 called Magic Mushroom—in 24 hours or less. Matt Samet was there from start to finish to watch the planning, training, and performance of a superhuman athlete at the top of his game.
THE IDEA: Make one of the world's greatest Everest guides face his fear of heights. THE PLAN: Send him 3,000 feet up El Capitan with Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Ivo Ninov. THE RESULT: Panic attacks, cold sweats, and one order of Depends.
Behind the Scenes: Climbing El Capitan
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Yosemite National Park: Climbing El Capitan
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That Had to Hurt
Colorado River guide Michael Ghiglieri publishes irresistible books about the weird, wicked things that kill people in national parks. With a bestselling Grand Canyon necrology behind him and a new one on Yosemite coming out this spring, he talks to KEVIN FEDARKO about accidents, suicides, and murdersand why forensic gawking can actually
The Hole Shebang
Still Breathtaking After All These Years