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Up-to-date guidelines on the pros and cons of filters, ultraviolet light, chemicals, and other options

Hitting the trail has been a lifeline for the record-setting thru-hiker's ongoing battle with depression

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What are the best gifts for every type of adventurer? Hint: They’re not things.

Proving, once again, that kids don't have to slow you down

Completing the entire trail isn't the point

After being raped in Mongolia in 2015, she's using her trek to advocate for women's safety

Here's what the expanded regulations mean for thru-hikers next year

Most airlines have a policy for handling such matters. Here's how to avoid the same fate.

A new app that connects to your iPhone's pedometer will track your progress on the AT as if you were thru-hiking with 2,000 other people

This handheld, flavor-filled burrito will warm up the coldest campsite morning

The odds of dying from a falling tree are still small but maybe not as small as they used to be. Here's why—and what to do about it.

You can't technically finish the AT without a ride in Greg Caruso's canoe

She walks across entire continents. She has a Spidey sense for alligators and avalanches. And she is redefining what it means to be a modern-day explorer.

After becoming the first African American male to complete the triple crown of thru-hiking, Robinson is sharing his own experience to encourage more people to get outdoors

In May, Kirby Morrill was nearly murdered during a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Four months later, she climbed Maine's highest peak, the route's terminus.

America's parks are confronting the past in an effort to create more inclusive wilderness spaces

'Thru' tracks the traverse of two thru-hikers on Lions Head Ridge in Idaho, an unforgiving part of their hike

Morgan's Diner doesn't charge a dime for a gourmet meal, but it'll still cost you

It's not intimidating with just a tiny bit of poop prep.

Before there was 'A Walk in the Woods' and 'Wild,' there was 'The Lord of the Rings'

A few simple steps to follow to keep your pets from getting infected with Lyme disease

A new organization thinks eminent domain is the answer to protecting the national scenic trail system. Other advocates think that idea is counterproductive.

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The goal behind the LatinXhikers community is simple: share stories and inspire more Latinx people to go outside

Liz "Snorkel" Thomas, an Appalachian Trail record holder, created a 225-mile route through the Big Apple to help bring attention to the city's need for more playgrounds

Making the decision to start a thru-hike can be daunting, so let us show you what gear you should take

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From nifty ways to keep your beer cold to ingenious tricks to get the fire going, here are a few our favorite camp hacks

This week on Tree Huggers, Brad Einstein talks to some baby and fully engorged ticks about the dangers of Lyme disease

Philip Carcia hiked all of New Hampshire's 4,000-foot peaks every month for a year

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Because the end of the weekend can also mean new beginnings

He's the legs, and she's the eyes. Together they're bagging peaks and working to make the outdoors more widely accessible.

On-the-ground info to keep you safe in the backcountry

A proposed hydropower transmission line in Maine would impact the AT, wildlife, recreation, and tourism. Is it worth it?

The 1,300-mile Florida National Scenic Trail just might be the hardest hike you've never heard of

You know that special feeling when you meet a stranger during an adventure, form a bond, vow to keep in touch—and then the whole thing fizzles out? Don’t feel alone. As Chuck Thompson explains, firefly relationships are an outdoor rite of passage, and in their own strange way, they’re magic.

After several months and thousands of miles, Outside's Taylor Gee knows what works and what doesn't

Thinking about tackling the big thru-hike? Consider these four things first.

A Rubbermaid bin stocked with everything you need for camping is one of the best ways to organize your gear

For the trail's most venerable volunteer group, retirement means hauling heavy equipment and sleeping outside for days on end

Hikers around the world pulled on their boots and packs and not much else

Adjusting your pack seems like it should be simple, that is until you're struggling down the trail after not correctly dialing in the fit

In 'Hike the Line,' from Corey Robinson, these hikers share an experience that's unlike any other thru-hike

John and Alyson Kirk have crushed a long list of records in the mountains. This summer, they're chasing another one.

Making your way over an 800-mile trail through deserts and mountains in less than 16 days is no picnic—except for those gas-station resupply stops

This short video features countless hikers on trails across 17 countries, showcasing the diversity of our planet

Guthook Guides' maps and crowdsourced information have made hiking the PCT and AT immeasurably easier. But is that a good thing?

Unless you're hunting, it's a terrible idea to pack heat in the backcountry

'Scotland—Be a Part of It' shows how Scotland is still a place of wildness and adventure, as long as you're willing to look

Mary Davison didn't catch the thru-hiking bug until she was 60. Since then, she's completed the Appalachian, Continental Divide, and Pacific Crest trails, and is now adding the 6,800-mile American Discovery Trail to her list.

'Thru' is an upcoming documentary about thru-hiking and why it's such a painfully enjoyable activity

Celebrate the national trails holiday this Saturday by volunteering at one of these events

Despite an attack that left one hiker dead and another injured, the experience and fellowship of the trail perseveres

Five days after an ad hoc army of volunteer searchers rescued hiker Amanda Eller, the yoga teacher missing for 17 days on Maui, the same crew located missing person Noah "Kekai" Mina just 20 miles away. This time, the ending was not so happy.

'Constant Thought,' from Spruce Tone Films, chronicles Iraq War veteran Brandon Kuehn's attempt at the Pacific Crest Trail

The 1,900-mile-long thru-hike winds through the southern Andes from Santiago to the climbing mecca of Mount Fitz Roy. To complete it, adventurers need a lot more than physical stamina.

The 17-year Army vet was stabbed to death when he and another hiker were attacked on a section of the Appalachian Trial last weekend. The trail had been his path to recovery from PTSD.

After one hiker was killed and another wounded after a weekend attack on the AT, many are asking why something wasn't done about James Jordan sooner

Nadia Iris Mercado grew up in nature but not in the traditional-summits, red-rocks, and deep-canyons kind of nature

But do remember that it can be a powerful mental-health tool and go beyond the whitewashed Instagram posts to focus on improving access to the outdoors for those who need it most

The logic behind requiring permits on Yosemite's famed Half Dome was sound: smaller crowds equals fewer accidents. In this case, the opposite is true.

The sweeping John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act could mean great things for our national trail system, but it may take a while

Use the calculator below to try out a new equation developed by the military to estimate energy expenditure while hiking

Get outside for a night (or two) with this roundup of backpacking must-dos

How a father-son trip to Yosemite conquered my fear of hiking, bears, and falling off chairlifts

We asked hikers for advice on how to readjust to life after the trail

New to backpacking, or never been? Make your next trip (or your first) a success by answering these questions beforehand.

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From in-town trails to nearby epics, hiking thrives in and around these urban epicenters

These trails thrill hikers with more than just scenery

There would be no Border Route Trail without John Elliott

Alpine scrambles and beachfront strolls; multi-day singletrack adventures and quick urban escapes; soaring trees and rolling sand dunes—every state in the country has something to offer intrepid hikers. So we rounded up a bucket-list-worthy, best-of-the-best guide.

Olde Virden's Red Hot pepper flakes turn even the rankest dehydrated meal into mouthwatering fare

The Garden State doesn't usually bring to mind bucolic wilderness. But if you ask people in the know, that's only because you've been looking in the wrong place.

New owners are revitalizing Shaw's, the beloved hostel on the Appalachian Trail

How will a snowy winter affect your summertime high-country plans in the High Sierra and southern Rockies?

Ancient European pilgrimages. Coastal treks along jungle isles. Surprising Rocky Mountain summits. Checking off any of these bucket-list hikes is sure to be the experience of a lifetime.

Epic ultras in the Alps. An urban loop in running's most beloved city. High desert treks through the American Southwest. These are without a doubt the best runs on the planet.

On July 17, 2017, thru-hiker Joe McConaughy set out to claim the fastest known time for a self-supported traverse of the Appalachian Trail

It's so good that you'll start making it at home, too